N031690 RED CROSS GRAND CROSS BREAST STAR "1934-37 Version".
BACKGROUND:On May 1ST 1939, Hitler introduced a series of four Social Welfare awards to replace the earlier DRK, Deutsche Rote Kreuz, (German Red Cross) awards. The earlier DRK awards only recognized loyal service in the DRK while the new Social Welfare awards recognized a wider scope of social welfare service. The new Social Welfare awards could be bestowed to all personnel who actively participated in Social Welfare assistance programs including the DRK, the WHW, Winterhilf Werk, (Winter Relief Program), personnel involved with the care of the sick and wounded, live saving services, excluding Fire and Police personnel and care of German nationals in foreign countries. In December 1939 amendments of the introductory order decreed that the bestowal of the Social Welfare awards to military personnel follow a specific rank level structure with the first class award reserved for General ranks, the second class award for the ranks of Oberst and Oberstleutnant, the third class award for the ranks of Major and Hauptmann and the fourth class for award to the ranks of Leutnant or below. Further amendments of January 30TH 1942 introduced crossed swords cypher for the third and fourth class awards for distinguished service or bravery in wartime.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Worn on the lower left breast, or when authorized worn with a sash, this four pointed silver breast star has a white enamel cross with a black enamel eagle, outlined in gilt edging with a white enamel shield with red enamel cross to the center of its chest. To the convex reverse is a wide hinge pin that is unmarked. The badge measures approximately 83mm wide with a 55mm white cross and a 37mm high eagle. Rare!
GRADE ****1/2 PRICE $3,500.00
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