The West Wall Medal (German: Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen) was a military decoration of Nazi Germany. It was instituted on 2 August 1939 and was given to those who designed and built the fortifications on Germany's western borders, known as the West Wall or, in English, the Siegfried Line, and to the troops who served there prior to May 1940.
In 1944, as Germany was expecting the arrival of the allied invasion, it was again awarded to those who took part in the fortification of the western borders. In all 622,064 medals were awarded until the end of the war.
WESTWALL #37405 West Wall Medal with Ribbon & Issue Packet
The issue packet for this West Wall Medal is constructed out of Manila paper and it is still in good condition. Printed across the front of the envelop are the words “Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen”. On the reverse is the name of the maker, “Carl Poeliaht”.
The medal itself is also in new-like condition, being a fine strike of bronzed brass. It features a wreath of oak leaves around the oval border. At the top is an open-winged political eagle which clutches a mobile swastika in a wreath. Below this is a crossed shovel and sword, and below this is a concrete style bunker. The reverse of the medal bears the words, “FÜR / ARBEIT / ZUM / SCHUTZE / DEUTSCH / LANDS”. The detailing is excellent throughout, although it does have some oxidation.
The original new-like grosgrain ribbon accompanies the medal, being brown in color with two white stripes on each edge.
An extremely nice example of the type.
Mint Minus. $85.00
WESTWALL #36254 West Wall Medal with Ribbon
This oval shaped West Wall medal is an early bronze strike. The border has a wreath of overlapping oak leaves. In the center there is an open-winged eagle and swastika positioned over a crossed sword and shovel, and below this is a large fortification.
The reverse of the medal in German basically says, “For Work on the Defense of Germany”. Attached to the badge is a fine ribbon which is longer than they usually are. The ribbon is a brown color with white stripes on the edges.
A fine example here.
Near Mint $85.00
This West Wall medal is of bronze construction, being the normal oval shape having a border of overlapping oak leaves. At the top is an open-winged Party eagle with swastika and below this is a crossed sword and shovel over a corner of the Siegfried line as it was called by the allies. The medal has a little bit of oxidation at the left side of the obverse but it is not bad.
The reverse is in perfect condition, showing good bronze color and has the purpose of the medal raised “FÜR/ARBEIT/ZUM/SCHUTZE/DEUTSCH/LANDS”. The loop is in order at the top but there is no ribbon for this medal.
This West Wall Medal is an early strike having fine bronze surface. It features an oval leaf with oak leaf border. At the top there is an open-winged political eagle with swastika positioned over a crossed sword and shovel. Beneath is a concrete bunker.
The reverse of the badge states that it was for work on the German lands. The ribbon is a yellow satin ribbed type with white stripes on each side.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $85.00