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AlexD
07-21-2010, 04:31 AM
Hi all,

I already posted this in a German forum, without success.

I've got a medal from my grandfather who served at the western front during 1940 in Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 246.

Was it an official medal or was it kind of self-built? If it was official, who was awarded?

The brazen medal has a diameter of about 1.4 cm.

Thanks for helping.

Alex

flamethrowerguy
07-21-2010, 11:53 AM
Not an official decoration, that's for sure.

navyson
07-21-2010, 08:48 PM
Maybe a momento that the unit might have had made?

Rising Sun*
07-22-2010, 10:03 AM
The inscription "andenken an die westfront" appears on various unofficial mementoes, from medals like yours to penknives, which appear to have been made and sold to the troops at the time.

Although the 'S" in '"Westfront" in your medal is different to the German (as near as I can print it) "Weltfront" in the others, which makes me wonder if it was produced in France or somewhere outside Germany unlike the other items produced in Germany?

AlexD
07-22-2010, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the interesting remarks! Would be interesting to know if anyone else is in possession of the same medal...

Rising Sun*
07-23-2010, 06:56 AM
Similar image and same inscription appears on other items which are probably unofficial mementoes, such as http://collect-militaria.com/get_image.php?popupimage=12162

AlexD
07-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Great! Thanks for the link! Found this ring on Ebay as well, only 51 Euros instead of 160 ;)

My question was taken to another forum, even there without success:
http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=31616

Similar rings are available here:
http://sammler.ru/index.php?showtopic=7092&st=20

Rising Sun*
07-23-2010, 09:36 AM
Great! Thanks for the link! Found this ring on Ebay as well, only 51 Euros instead of 160 ;)

Probably a bargain. ;)

The range of non-military issue items with the inscription suggests that they weren't official issue, or at least that many of them weren't. This pocket knife surely wasn't military issue. http://www.germaniainternational.com/army27.html

Rising Sun*
07-23-2010, 09:50 AM
My question was taken to another forum, even there without success:
http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=31616


Chris Pittman could be correct.

I assumed that it was a WWII helmet, but if you compare the narrow neck shield in the medal with the much deeper version in a WWII helmet it could be a WWI helmet.

Or it could be a WWII medal / memento based by a lazy designer on a WWI helmet.

Who knows?