Eastern Front Medal. Nice example with original ribbon.
The Russian (Eastern) Front Medal was instituted by Hitler on May 26, 1942 to commemorate the first winter campaign in Russia. The award was available to all Wehrmacht personnel, civilians and foreign volunteers who met the required criteria with the main qualification being at least fourteen days of participation in combat on the Russian front between November 15th 1941 and April 15th 1942 within preset geographical boundaries. The award was officially designated as Medaille Winterschlacht Im Osten 1941/42, (Medal for Winter Battle in the East 1941/42). OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), regulations of September 4TH 1944 discontinued the Russian Front Medal with the last award being bestowed on October 15TH 1944. Of Note: Generally the Russian Front Medal was only worn on the day of bestowal or on a medal bar for dress or ceremonial occasions with the ribbon being worn on daily basis on the field tunic. LH11214