Westwall Medal


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Westwall Medal.  Nice early bronze example on original ribbon.

The Westwall Medal (Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen) was instituted on August 2nd 1939 and was given to those who designed and built the fortifications on Germany’s western borders, known as the Westwall or the Siegfried Line, between 15 June 1938 to 31 March 1939 and on November 13th 1939 eligibility was extended to include servicemen of the Wehrmacht who served on the Westwall for at least ten weeks. In all 622,064 medals were awarded until January 31st 1941 when awards of the medal ceased.

In 1944, after the allied invasion, the medal was re-instituted and awarded to those who renovated and strengthened the fortifications on the western borders. This version of the medal was commonly known as the “Defense Wall Honor Award”, to distinguish the decoration from its 1939 counterpart.

It was awarded to over 800,000 men in total by the end of the war. The West Wall Medal was only issued in one class and was to be worn on the left breast. When awarded the West Wall medal was usually presented in an envelope.  LH12639

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