Political decorations of the Nazi Party


Political decorations of the Nazi Party
were medals and awards issued by the National Socialist German Workers Party
between 1920 and 1945. Political awards were authorized for wear on any
paramilitary uniform of Nazi Germany, as well as civilian attire, but were
generally frowned upon for display on active duty military uniforms of the
Wehrmacht. The one exception to this were the uniforms of the Waffen-SS,
which freely mixed political awards and military decorations.
The various degrees of Nazi Party decorations are as follows:
Political Decorations Eagle of Sovereignty Pin
The Eagle of Sovereignty Pin was a special award of the Nazi Party which
was intended to be held solely by Adolf Hitler. The pin was intended to denote
Hitler’s position as Führer of the Party and was worn as a lapel pin on a
civilian jacket. The decoration was discontinued in 1934 after the Night of
the Long Knives. Thereafter, Hitler regularly displayed the Golden Party
Badge. Golden Nazi Party Badge
The first 100,000 members who had joined and had uninterrupted service in the
Nazi Party were given the right to wear the Golden Nazi Party Badge, shown
above. Those badges had the recipient’s membership number on the back. Other
Golden Party Badges were awarded at the discretion of Hitler to certain members
of the party who merited special attention. An identical badge was
awarded each year on 30 January to persons who had shown outstanding
service to the Party or State. In April 1945, Magda Goebbels was
presented with Hitler’s Golden Party Badge and declared as “First Mother of
the Reich”. Under Nazi law, Hitler’s verbal decree had technically created a
new grade to the Nazi Party Badge, although status as an officially
recognized decoration was never recorded.
Other Nazi Badges Coburg Badge
Nuremberg Party Day Badge Brunswick Rally Badge
Frontbann Badge Danzig Cross
NSDAP Long Service Award Given in three grades; awarded for 10,
15, and 25 years of service Honour Chevron for the Old Guard
Designated those who joined the Party before Hitler became Chancellor. It was
worn on the right sleeve. Steel Helmet Veterans Memorial Badge
For membership in the Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten.
Gau Decorations The leaders of Nazi policial districts
were empowered to bestow Gau Badges for a variety of services rendered to the
local political organization. The badges were issued in Silver and Gold with some
issuance in Bronze. They were rarely issued in Gold with Diamonds.
SS and Police Decorations SS Chevron for Former Police and
Military SS Membership Runes for Order Police
SS-SA Flyers Badge SS Long Service Award
Police Long Service Award Totenkopf Ring
SS Honor Sword SS Julleuchter
SS Zivilabzeichen SA Decorations
SA Sports Badge SA Sports Badge for War Wounded
SA Expert Horseman Badge Germanic-SS Decorations
Germanic Proficiency Runes SS Sports Badge
SS Honor Sports Badge Brave and Faithful Order
Førergarde Membership Badge Front Fighters Badge
Mussert Bravery Cross Mussert-Garde Commemorative Pin
Schalburg Cross State Police Honor Cross
W.A. Sports Badge Although not an actual award of the
Germanic-SS, the SS belt buckle of the Flemish-SS was presented only after
certain entry level achievements had been completed for membership.
NSDAP Flyer Corps Decorations Powered Aircraft Badge
Glider Pilot’s Badge Balloon Pilot’s Badge
Hitler Youth Decorations Golden Hitler Youth Badge with Oakleaves
Hitler Youth Badge Hitler Youth Badge for Distinguished
Foreigners Hitler Youth Leader’s Sports Badge
Hitler Youth Skier Badge Hitler Youth Marksmanship Badge
Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge References
External links Axis History Factbook – Awards &
decorations of the Axis nations

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