Slovakian & Czech Awards

    Slovakian Eastern Front Award

    Shown below is the bronze and silver class Slovakian Eastern Front awards. The Badge of Honor for service in the Eastern Front

    Slovakian Award

    The Slovakians who participated on the Eastern Front were awarded with a bronze, silver or combined bronze and silver campaign badge. The badge was instituted on 22 April 1942 and produced by the Slovak Mint in Kremnica .
    The bronze badge pictured above shows a Slovakian Helmet with the date inscribed "22 VI 1941" indicating the date the Slovakian Army participated in the Eastern Front. On the background is a sword crushing the communist symbolic star and the hammer and sickle. The reverse is solid and concave shape. It contains a small pin and catch.

    The criteria for these awards were the following classes:
    The silver class was awarded for combatants.
    The bronze and silver was awarded for support units. This badge has a silver wreath and sword with the remainder in bronze.
    The bronze for rear echelon personnel.

    Government Troops

    With German permission a Czech Police force was raised in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The "Regierungstruppe" Government Army was composed of three Inspectorates each with four battalions. The majority of volunteers were former Officers and NCOs of the Czech Army. These troops were only allowed to carry small arms.By May 1944, the majority of the Government troops were moved to Northern Italy for building and guarding defensive installations. Only one battalion stayed to guard Prague. By the end of 1944 the army disintegrated.

    Czech Award

    The only military award rendered to Government troops was the "Leistungsabzeichen" (Achievement Badge), instituted around July 1944. Awarded for repeated acts of assistance to the German army. It came in three classes: bronze, silver and gold. On top right is a silver class Achievement Badge. The badge is die struck and measures 38mm x 64mm. On the reverse it has a small catch and hinge with a thin pin. The design of the badge shows cross swords surmounted by an eagle holding the swastika. In the center is the coat-of-arms of Bohemia-Moravia and on each side a wreath of linden leaves. On the left is an interesting streetcar pass for a Government soldier shown in uniform. The Achievement Badge is also found die struck with solid back and German style catch and hinge.

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