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Thread: Remembrance of the Western Front

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    Default Remembrance of the Western Front

    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
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Not an official decoration, that's for sure.
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Maybe a momento that the unit might have had made?
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    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?
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Thanks for the interesting remarks! Would be interesting to know if anyone else is in possession of the same medal...

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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Similar image and same inscription appears on other items which are probably unofficial mementoes, such as http://collect-militaria.com/get_ima...pupimage=12162
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    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

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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexD View Post
    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
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    Default Re: Remembrance of the Western Front

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexD View Post
    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?
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