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    Hello, I'm not well versed in World War II uniforms and am trying to find out what exactly the ribbons on German uniforms were for and how they were put on. I know that they were for a medal like a Iron Cross.
    Generally I'm asking what they are called, how they are put on and if they represent specific medals or awards etc. Here are some pics.


    The ribbon in the button hole along the chest.

    Soldier wearing on in the middle.
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    IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS,1939:

    http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/iron...roncross_2.htm

    Hope it helps

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    The award on the breast pocket is the Army / SS Infantry Assault badge.

    The soldier wearing it in the picture is in fact a Luftwaffe Paratrooper.

    All the men in the picture bar the Russian prisoner are from a Luftwaffe unit.

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    -Infantry Assault Badge / Infanteriesturmabzeichen

    -Iron Cross 2nd class, 1939

    Hope it helps ..

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    You do have to give it to the Germans. Their uniform is very sharp.

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    The ribbons seen on the pictures are indeed from the Iron Cross 2nd class.
    The practice of putting these trough a button hole of a uniform can be traced back even before World War 1.

    Most commonly during World War 2 were the Iron Crosses 2nd class but there were also other medal ribbons which were worn trough the button : War Merit Cross 2nd class, Eastern Front medal, Honor Clasp on the Iron Cross ribbon...

    Check out http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/ for more detailed info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connaught Ranger View Post
    The award on the breast pocket is the Army / SS Infantry Assault badge.

    The soldier wearing it in the picture is in fact a Luftwaffe Paratrooper.

    All the men in the picture bar the Russian prisoner are from a Luftwaffe unit.

    Connaught Ranger.
    Minus the tall guy with note pad. He is Wehrmacht.

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    Thanks for all the info, so I take it that the medal was put through the button hole and looped through the back to keep it from moving around to much?

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    From what I've seen in books on german military clothing, it appears they take a piece of the ribbon, stick it trough the button hole and then sew both ends to the inside of the vest to keep it from moving around or falling out.
    Of course there might be variations of applying it since most soldier applied it themselves as they liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panzrman View Post
    Minus the tall guy with note pad. He is Wehrmacht.
    Darn I thought it was an ugly bird from the B.D.M. secretarial pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panzrman View Post
    Minus the tall guy with note pad. He is Wehrmacht.
    Actually he is Heer, Wehrmacht was the name of the unified armed forces of Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Stoat View Post
    Actually he is Heer, Wehrmacht was the name of the unified armed forces of Germany.
    Yep, the one with the note pad is Heer (Army), the others are Luftwaffe, three of which are paratroopers. The Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine are the three components of the Wehrmacht (Armed Forces). The SS was not a component of the Wehrmacht, although the Waffen (Armed) SS was under the strategic control of Army High Command. The Allgemeine (general, like general purpose) SS was a political organization. The tunic in the first picture, with the SS runes on the collar, is a Waffen SS uniform.

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