WW2 veterans VDK Medal bar......
Gentlemen, my latest medal bar, from a WW2 veteran and member of the VdK, an organisation formed in Germany just after the war to help and assist victims of the war both military and civilian, today it is an organisation which represents social justice and the disabled, with "Landesverband" (sections)all over Germany, now called the "social VdK e.v." this particular set was owned (name sadly not known) by a member of the "Landesverband Hessen" it has three medals, two of which are the organisations service awards in both Silver and Bronze, I do not know anything, nor can I find anything out about these medals, award criteria etc etc....if anyone knows, please enlighten me !
It is the third medal that I am most interested in, it the German made "Croix du combattant de l'Europe" I have the French version, more commonly encountered and of a slightly different design, made by Deumer and so marked on the rear.
I would imagine the other two VdK medals are also by them, but are not marked as such........a nice unusual set of medals, with an obvious veteran link.
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
04-20-2015 02:32 PM
Congratulations on your purchase of this attractive and uncommon piece; nice to see it has found a good home.
I had noticed that bar on ebay, and found the VdK medals interesting, as I had never heard of that organization issuing wearable medals.
I had tried to find more information on them as well, but found nothing, either.
Congratulations Steve on a super addition. Sorry, I can’t offer any useful information, but do want to thank you for sharing with us via nice clear photos.
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"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne
My German grandmother lost two brothers in the war and was a lifetime member of the VdK, living in Lampertheim/Hessen...She received a few stick-pins, I believe...The medals are a first for me as well, but quite nice, and I've learned something new today, lol...Thanks for showing, well done!