Medal & Pouch 'Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen'
Here a very nice set of a Westwall medal with the accompanying maker pouch. The medal is complete with the accompanying ribbon and the marked pouch, with the manufacturer Carl Poellath from Schrobenhausen. A very nice set in unused condition, great for display in the showcase. Here is some background information about the Westwall medal, the Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen better known as the Westwall medal was instituted by Hitler on August 2, 1939. This medal was instituted to distinguish the more than 600,000 designers, planners and builders of the Siegfried Line (Westwall) and other fortifications on Germany's western border. This medal could also be awarded to the soldiers who were stationed at these defenses before May 1940. The first Westwall Medal was presented on November 23, 1939. On this date, Dr. Todt personally handed over the first medal from Hitler. On November 24, 1939, the first large group of some 200 workers was received by Dr. Todt awarded the Westwall medal. The Westwall medal was awarded until January 31, 1941, from this date there was a ban on the award, which was lifted by Hitler on October 10, 1944 because of the successful Allied landing in Normandy. When the awards were discontinued on January 31, 1941, 622,064 of these medals had already been awarded. After the successful Normandy landings and the subsequent Allied advance, a group of some 200,000 Todt Organization workers was rushed to renovate and reinforce the West Wall fortifications. To uphold the morale of these workers and the associated military personnel, the Westwall Medal was re-established.