✚8449✚ German post WW2 1957 pattern Civil Defence Award Luftschutz MINIATURE

£29.99

Original German Civil Air Defence (Luftschutz) Award 1st Class MINIATURE / post WW2 version (1957 pattern - no swastika), VERY NICE CONDITION, ST&L (STEINHAUER & LUECK) EXAMPLE - REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE, SIZE: cca 16 mm, RARE MINIATURE - NOT EASY TO FIND

In 1957 the West German government authorised replacement Iron Crosses with an Oak Leaf Cluster in place of the swastika, similar to the Iron Crosses of 1813, 1870, and 1914, which could be worn by World War II Iron Cross recipients. The 1957 law also authorised de-Nazified versions of most other World War II–era decorations (except those specifically associated with Nazi Party organizations, such as SS Long Service medals, or with the expansion of the German Reich, such as the medals for the annexation of Austria, the Sudetenland, and the Memel region). The main government contract to manufacture and supply these new de-nazified WW2 1957 official decorations went to the world famous German firm Steinhauer & Lueck, Luedenscheid Germany. Knights Crosses, Iron Crosses , Wound Badges, Tank Assault Badges etc were re-designed by Steinhauer & Lück - often with the oak-leaf spray replacing the swastika, with S&L having the sole patent rights to all WW2 1957 German decorations. S&L did not have the whole monopoly on medal making, other famous firms such as Deschler & Sohn, BH Maher and Juncker also manufactured these new German decorations. Lüdenscheid is situated between the cities Dortmund and Bonn. It was here that one of the youngest medal firms was founded in 1889 by August Steinhauer and Gustav Adolf Lück. The first production began in a cellar, the customer base continued to increase. A property was bought at 51 Hochstrasse which is still home for this famous company today. During WW2 Steinhauer & Lück produced medals and badges, like the famous Knights Cross and many other types of medals and badges. In 1957 this company was awarded the contract to produce all the newly re-designed legal WW2 1957 de-nazified decorations, plus the contract to manufacture all of Germany's official decorations including Germany's highest order the Bundesverdienstkreuz. Only a very limited number of original WW2 1957 medals are still produced, mainly Iron Crosses, German Cross Gold & Silver & Wound Badges and are considered 100% genuine by the German Government.

HISTORY OF THE AWARD:

Civil Defence - Luftschutz Decoration was instituted on 30th January 1938 to reward exceptional services in the cause of the Third Reichs air defences and air raid precautions. The Air Warden Honour Award was awarded for bravery in the Reichluftschutzbund and could be awarded to members of the Luftschutz but also to factory guards, fire fighters, police ect. The recipient did however had to been already 4 years in service with the Luftschutz. The Air Warden Honour Award was worn on the left breast pocket and was awarded in a small paper packet or carton box with the award name stencilled on it. Together with the awarding came a standard award document and the awarding was notated in the Soldbuch.