Awards

Awards were an integral part of the German military forces during WW2; they recognized: valor, service and sacrifice.  Awards were a morale booster and were proudly worn on field service uniforms. In the 167 Volksgrenadier Division, awards will be used for the same purposes and will fall under 3 main headings like the original awards.

Valor – bravery under tactical conditions.
Service – above and beyond expectations, and/or outstanding leadership.
Sacrifice – injury or dedication: time and attendance.
The goal of 167 Volksgrenadier Division awards system is to recognize dedication to the 167 Volksgrenadier Division. Awards were given sparingly during WW2, so shall we will adopt the same attitude.
1.)  Any 167 Volksgrenadier Division member may nominate any current member for an award or awards. Nominations must be turned over to the Division Commander at the earliest possible time. Consideration for the award or awards will be decided by the Division Commander and  Command Staff(Command Staff is selected from the top lower ranks, by the Division Commander).
2.) As we have re-enactors who have been in other units, therefore, we will allow the wearing of previously awarded medals up to an Iron Cross First Class to be transferred as long as the awards are verified through documentation or eye witness accounts. Only the awards listed in this section may be considered for transfer.  Consideration for these awards will be decided by the Division Commander and  Command Staff.
3.)  Once awarded, each member is responsible for acquiring the correct award and wearing it properly.  Awards can only be worn after obtaining all the required equipment (see the Uniform Requirements section of the 167 Volksgrenadier Division website, for the complete list of required equipment).
4.)  167 Volksgrenadier Division members age 20 years old and under, will be considered for the following: Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge or Leistungsabzeichen der Hitlerjugend in Silver, for wear on the service blouse.  The badge is to be worn under all higher(combat) awards.  The member must request that they be considered for this award. Criteria: members age 20 and under.  This award can only be worn after obtaining all the required equipment (see the Uniform Requirements section of the 167 Volksgrenadier Division website, for the complete list of required equipment).   Consideration for these awards will be decided by the Division  Commander and Command Staff.  Since, this is not a Heer or Luftwaffe award, and it would have been earned outside of military service, but was allowed to be worn on the service blouse.  There will no award document issued,  for this badge.
5.) 167 Volksgrenadier Division members age 30 years old and under, will be considered for the following: German Sports Badge or Deutche Sportabzeichen in Bronze, for wear on the service blouse.  The badge is to be worn under all higher(combat) awards,  The member must request that they be considered for this award. Criteria: appears physically fit, or has played on a sports team in High School, College or has/currently playing on a team.  This award can only be worn after obtaining all the required equipment (see the Uniform Requirements section of the 167 Volksgrenadier Division website, for the complete list of required equipment).   Consideration for these awards will be decided by the Division  Commander and Command Staff.  Since, this is not a Heer or Luftwaffe award, and it would have been earned outside of military service, but was allowed to be worn on the service blouse.  There will no award document issued,  for this badge.
6.) 167 Volksgrenadier Division members over the age of 50, will be considered for following WW1 awards:     Prussian Iron Cross second class and 1914-1918 Honor Cross with Swords.  Criteria: members in this age group would have been in WW1 and would have received these for their service to the Fatherland.  The member must request that they be considered for these awards.  These awards can only be worn after obtaining all the required equipment (see the Uniform Requirements section of the 167 Volksgrenadier Division website, for the complete list of required equipment).   Consideration for these awards will be decided by the Division  Commander and Command Staff.
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War Merit Cross 1st Class with swords (Krigsverdienst-kreuz 1. klasse mit Schwertern) – “with swords for special merit in action under enemy fire or for special merit in military leadership.” Awarded to Division Commander and/or Command Staff members for outstanding leadership in service to the Division and after receiving the War Merit Cross 2nd. Class with swords.
To be worn centered on the left feldbluse pocket unless higher level awards have been received and worn as a button hole ribbon or on a ribbon bar with swords.
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War Merit Cross 2nd Class with swords (Kriegsverdienst-kreuz 2. klasse mit Schwertern) – “with swords for special merit in action under enemy fire or for special merit in military leadership.” Awarded to Division Commander and/or Command Staff members for leadership in service to the Division. To be worn as a button hole ribbon or on a ribbon bar with swords.
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War Merit Cross 2nd Class without swords (Kriegsverdienst-kreuz 2. klasse) – “without swords for special merit or for special merit in military leadership.” Awarded to Division Commander and/or Command Staff members for leadership in service to the Division. To be worn as a button hole ribbon or on a ribbon bar.
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General Assault Badge (Allgemeneines-Sturmabzeichen)
Grade I – for members that accrued all or the majority of their battle days serving as auxiliary or reserve personnel, i.e. medical, engineer, or support personnel (such as drivers, artillery, anti-tank, anti-aircraft, etc.), with 2 or more years of membership. (Instituted on 1 June, 1940. Awarded to troops in units not qualified for the Infantry Assault or Panzer Assault Badges (such as artillery or flak). The base award was for 3 assaults on 3 separate days.)
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Long Service Medal (Dienstauszeichnungen) – Awarded for length of service based on a 2:1 ratio of membership i.e. 2 years for every 1 year of membership. Four year long service medal for two years of service. Awarded in 4, 12, 18 & 25 years with Heer or Luftwaffe eagle on ribbon bar. To be worn on a ribbon bar only.
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Sniper Sleeve Patch (Scharfschutzen-abzeichen) – Awarded for 2 years of doing a complete and correct sniper impression after receiving the Infantry/Luftwaffe Assault Badge.  Awarded in all 3 grades in progressive order. 2 years 3rd Class badge, 4 year 2nd Class badge and 6 or more years 1st Class badge. The badge to be worn n the right cuff above all other insignia, but not on the greatcoat. (The sniper badge was instituted in September, 1944 and was initially awarded to snipers for a specific number of confirmed kills. In early 1945 it was decreed than any troops (officially trained as snipers or not) were eligible for the badge. In practice, the badge was rarely worn due to the certainty of being executed if the soldier was captured and identified as a sniper. Worn on the lower right sleeve.)
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