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WWII Original Nazi German Wood Carved 1942 Campaign Wehrmacht Demjansk Shield
Item #: RK6
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Beautiful hand carved, wood, Demjansk shield is in the form of a shield that has an eagle with down spread wings clutching a wreath that surrounds swastika. On each side of the swastika there are two pillboxes of a trapezoid shape with a gun opening in the center. Below then is a box with word "DEMJANSK” in capital letters. The main body of the shield has undulated sides, with its main design being a single engine reconnaissance aircraft and two crossed, large military swords 1942. This hand carved piece is guaranteed to be from the period of WWII and is guaranteed to be 1945 carved.  plaque measures roughly 14 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches. 
Demjansk Shield (German: Ärmelschild Demjansk) is a German military award instituted on April 25, 1943 to commemorate troops who fought in the Demyansk pocket. Requirements for Heer and auxiliary units included honorable service in the besieged area for 60 days or wound or frost-bite in the besieged area, for Luftwaffe — 50 combat or supply missions over the besieged and surrounding area. The shield was die struck and produced in silver washed zinc and later in plain zinc. Two variations of the aircraft's propeller under the swords exist, as some shields show it curved while others show it straight.The shield was authorized by Adolf Hitler and was to be worn on the upper sleeve of the left shoulder of uniform. For civil clothes the version of a pin-like shield has been stipulated. The award ceased to be presented on April 1 or July 4, 1944. Each recipient was entitled to five copies of the shield, and in case of death, a single shield and an entitlement certificate was presented to the next of kin. It's estimated that over 100,000 Demjansk shields were presented.
Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Your Price $275.00 USD