Nazi Party Long Service Award

The Nazi Party Long Service Award (Die Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP),[1] sometimes called the NSDAP Long Service Award, was a political award in the form of a badge of the Nazi Party.

Nazi Party Long Service Award
Die Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP
Медаль за выслугу лет в НСДАП.svg
10 years medal
TypeAward
Country Nazi Germany
MottoTreue für Führer und Volk ("Loyalty to Leader and People")
EligibilityMembers of the Nazi Party
CriteriaLong service in the Nazi Party
StatusAbolished
FührerAdolf Hitler
Grades
  • 10 years
  • 15 years
  • 25 years
Statistics
First induction30 January 1940
Last induction1945
Precedence
Related

HistoryEdit

The award was given in three grades of ten years, fifteen years, and twenty-five years of service. On its reverse side, each award had emblazoned the inscription, in German: Treue für Führer und Volk ("Loyalty to Leader and People"). The service award was a four-pointed cross (Ordenskreuz) cross with slightly curved arms. In the centre of the cross is the national eagle with an oakleaves wreath. Between the arms were rays, which was suspended from a 30mm ribbon. On 2 April 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered its institution for male and female members of the NSDAP who met certain qualifications. The award was first given out on 30 January 1940.[1][2]

Despite the fact that the entire Nazi movement lasted a little over 25 years (1920-1945), the awards were made well before the stated years of actual service were completed. This was because the period between 1925 and 1933 was known by the Nazis as the Kampfzeit ("Time of Struggle"). The service time for the award was counted double from February 1925 through January 1933. Service in any Nazi Party organization or formation counted.[2] The time of service had to be unbroken, with exceptions for:

  • Compulsory military service, not to exceed two years time.
  • Military service against the Republican Government in the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939).
  • German military service after September 1939.[2]

GradesEdit

Ten year awardEdit

The ten year service award was the 3rd class award. It was a bronze medal which measured 43mm and was suspended from a 30mm dark brown ribbon with two narrow white side stripes. The reverse side inscription was done in raised lettering.[1][2][3]

Fifteen year awardEdit

It had the same design as the 3rd class award, but for being cast in silver plate with dark blue enamel on the arms of the four-pointed cross and for the center section inside of the oak leaf wreath. The reverse side inscription was silver with blue enamel lettering. The 30mm ribbon was blue with two narrow silver-gray side stripes.[1][4][5]

Twenty-five year awardEdit

The twenty-five year service medal was the first class award. It was of the same design as the 2nd class award, but gold plate replaced the silver plate with white enamel on the arms of the four-pointed cross and for the center section inside of the oak leaf wreath. The reverse side inscription was gold with white enamel lettering. The ribbon was 30mm and in red with the edge stripes being white and having a small gold centre stripe. This grade was on occasion awarded posthumously.[1][5][6]

When one of these awards were given to a man, it was worn on the left breast pocket medal bar. Women recipients wore the award as a neck order or a brooch medal suspended from a 15mm ribbon. On the small ribbon bar the ribbon had a small national eagle within a wreath on the proper colour of the specific class. All three classes of this award were allowed to be worn at the same time.[7][8][9]

The Schutzstaffel (SS) and German Police had a similar service award. The SS Long Service Award was given in grades of four years, eight years, twelve years, and twenty-five years.[10] The Police Long Service Award was given in grades of eight, eighteen, twenty-five, and forty years (never awarded).[11] The award of the German armed forces, known as the Wehrmacht Long Service Award, was issued for four years (fourth class), twelve years (third class), 18 years (second class), 25 years (first class), and 40 years (1939 special class).[12][13]

InsigniaEdit

Medal      
Ribbon
For 10 years 15 years 25 years

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Doehle 1995, p. 78.
  2. ^ a b c d Angolia 1989, p. 216.
  3. ^ Ailsby 2003, p. 138.
  4. ^ Angolia 1989, p. 217.
  5. ^ a b Ailsby 2003, p. 139.
  6. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 217, 221.
  7. ^ Doehle 1995, p. 79.
  8. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 216, 219, 221.
  9. ^ Ailsby 2003, pp. 139, 140.
  10. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 156–159.
  11. ^ Angolia 1989, pp. 146, 150, 151.
  12. ^ Angolia 1987, pp. 46, 49.
  13. ^ Ailsby 2003, pp. 140, 141.

ReferencesEdit

  • Ailsby, Christopher (2003) [1994]. A Collector's Guide To: World War 2 German Medals and Political Awards. Ian Allan Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9780711021464.
  • Angolia, John (1987). For Führer and Fatherland: Military Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0912138149.
  • Angolia, John (1989). For Führer and Fatherland: Political & Civil Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 978-0912138169.
  • Doehle, Heinrich (1995) [1943]. Medals & Decorations of the Third Reich: Badges, Decorations, Insignia. Reddick Enterprises. ISBN 0962488348.