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Austrian veteran's ribbon bar

Article about: A recent addition, here is an attractive post-war ribbon bar as worn by an Austrian veteran. The bar combines two wartime decorations (the EK II and the KVK II mS) with two post-war ones fro

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    A recent acquisition, here is a rather attractive post-war ribbon bar as worn by an Austrian veteran.

    It combines two wartime decorations (the EK II and the KVK II mS) with two post-war ones from the Austrian Veterans' League, the Österreichischer Kameradschaftsbund (ÖKB).

    Unfortunately, I have no reference material on the ÖKB's decorations; from what I can find online, I would tentatively identify them as the Bundesverdienstkreuz in Silber [Legue's Merit Cross in Silver] awarded by the ÖKB's overall nationwide organisation and the Ehrenkreuz in Gold [Honor Cross in Gold] in the version as awarded by the Landesverband Vorarlberg [State Association of Vorarlberg].

    Made with 15 mm-wide ribbons, the bar is rather nicely constructed. The black felt backing protruding beyond the ribbons and thus "framing" them is a characteristically Austrian feature.


    Obverse and reverse view:

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    A close-up on the ÖKB ribbons/devices:

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    Two additional views:

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    As always, all comments (especially additional information on the ÖKB decorations) are welcome.

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    that's a very attractive bar HPL.

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    Really nice bar Andreas, it's the first one I see in this construction with black backing.

    Regards

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    Just in, here is another ribbon bar for an Austrian WW2 veteran.

    The first ribbon is, again, the EKII, followed by the ÖKB's Kriegserinnerungskreuz 1939-1945 [War Commerative Cross 1939-1945], which is awarded for WW2 service.

    The other three ribbons are for decorations awarded by the ÖKB-Landesverband Steyermark [ÖKB State Association Styria]. The same white-and-green ribbon is used for a number of different decorations*, so they cannot be exactly identified:

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    *) see: Österreichischer Kameradschaftsbund

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    Another nice variant, thanks for showing Andreas. Sorry for the late reply.

    Regards

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    Just in, here is another interesting ribbon bar from an Austrian veteran.

    The Third Reich-era decorations making up the first two rows are the EK2, Ostmedaille, Sudetenland medal and two long service awards. As far as I know, the other two rows are all decorations from the ÖKB, although I cannot make positive IDs and would be grateful for any additional information. In any case, the first one of them (with the crossed swords) is for the Kriegserinnerungskreuz 1939-1945:

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    The bar is made up of 40-millimeter-wide ribbons. The individual rows are constructed by mounting the ribbons on a metal backing plate. These are attached to a soft backing made of black felt:

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    The first ribbon in the bottom row is actually constructed of three ribbons:

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