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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!

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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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