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Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

Article about: Another medal just delivered this morning. A very early Volkspolizei medal awarded for 5 years of service. Awarded to Hans Gerhardt in 1.7.1955 in Dresden. At the time he was rank “VP-Rat” T

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    Default Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Another medal just delivered this morning. A very early Volkspolizei medal awarded for 5 years of service.

    Awarded to Hans Gerhardt in 1.7.1955 in Dresden. At the time he was rank “VP-Rat”

    This is quite a interesting variation. But any information I speak would just be copying HARRY THE MOLES thread so here the link!
    DDR Volkspolizei medal

    Hope you guys like this set!

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

    Medaille Für Treue Dienste in der Deutschen Volkspolizei Stufe III

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    A very nice example... and issued on exactly the same date as mine!

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    I didn’t notice that. Pretty cool!

    Wonder if the day holds significance

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    Quote by Jb4046 View Post
    I didn’t notice that. Pretty cool!

    Wonder if the day holds significance
    Maybe it was somewhere near that date that a list of those who had served the correct number of years to qualify for the award had been drawn up.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Quote by Jb4046 View Post
    I didn’t notice that. Pretty cool!

    Wonder if the day holds significance
    Nice set, well done!

    Re the date; in the DDR medals tended to be presented enmasse on significant parades.

    Early on VP-Rat was equivalent to Hauptman or Captain and in modern UK parlance roughly a Chief Inspector (West German Haupt-Kommisar).

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    Thanks , VP-Rat did confuse me at first but then I found a nice list from the axis history webiste

    Ranks of the Deutsche Volkspolizei

    So usage of VP-Rat was at the very start and the very End. thanks for telling me the British equivalent!

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    You are welcome. I think Police Scotland still use the Chief Inspector rank but some forces in England have deleted it whilst some have retained it. Others deleted it then re-instated it. Confused? I am . Not really relevant to the thread but kind of interesting as an aside!

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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