Criteria for the Winter Campaign medal
Nice medals. I never knew this, but my Ailsby (I know, his stuff isn't the best) book informed me today that these were for not just people who served on the Eastern Front, but you had to be wounded in that theater too. From World War II German Medals and Political Awards:
Those entitled to wear the award (Ostfront Medal) were:
-Military personnel and civilians, to include female personnel who were in the service of the armed forces.
-Personnel killed or listed as missing in action.
-Foreign volunteers serving in the Wehrmacht provided that the award was recommended by a divisional commander or more senior officer.
-Civilians working in factories in the aforementioned region.
The criteria for the award were:
-To have been engaged in combat in the theater of operations for two weeks.
-60 days to have been spent continuously in the combat theater of operations.
-To have been wounded (I did not know this was a criterion) in that combat zone.
-For being frostbitten (for which a wound badge was also awarded). (Ailsby's parenthesis on that last criterion)
For Luftwaffe Personnel the criterion was 30 days to be spent over enemy territory. It was presented in a paper packet which was either brick red, blue or buff, with the name printed on the front.
12-31-2013 03:03 AM
I personally don't believe you had to fulfill all the criteria above.
One of them would be enough.
I think you're right!
"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem