Ostvolk Medal 1st Class in Silver with Swords
A reproduction Ostvolk Medal 1st Class in Gold.
When Germany invaded the USSR in 1941, many citizens of Soviet territories volunteered to serve and fight with the German forces against the Soviet Union. At first these troops were issued German medals in the same way as regular troops were, however, due to racial tensions between ‘Aryans’ and ‘Slavs’ this practice was soon forbidden.
The Ostvolk Medal was introduced in 1942 instead. German soldiers themselves were not eligible and it could only be awarded to citizens of the Soviet Union who served with the German military or aided the German occupation in some capacity. By 1945 around 7,000 of these medals had been issued.
The Ostvolk Medal without swords was awarded for meritorious behaviour, and could be awarded in gold or silver. The Ostvolk medal with swords was awarded for valour in combat.
The medal itself features an eight pointed star, a common feature in many Germanic medals. The centre of the medal features a floral motif, surrounded by oakleaves.
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