Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42" (Ostmedaille)

The Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal (Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/1942 medaille/East Front Medal) is instituted on 26-05-1942, to reward those who had taken part in the first winter campaign in Russia between 15-11-1941 and 15-04-1942. This medal is designed by SS-Unterscharfführer Ernst Kraus and could be awarded to military personal as well as to civilians who were working for the Army, as long as they qualified for one the criteria. Because of this the Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal is one of the most awarded German awards. By the order of the OKW (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht) the awarding of this medal ceased on 04-09-1944.

The Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal is made from bunt metal or out of zinc. The medal has a round shape with a diameter of 36mm. The obverse is slightly concave and the reverse convex. At the outer edge of the medal, is a 1,5mm width flat rim, with at the inside a 1mm high lip. At the top of the medal is a stick grenade horizontally placed, with on top of that a steel German Wehrmacht helm. On the top of the helm is a small eyelet placed to accommodate the ring for the ribbon. The height measures from the top of the eyelet to the bottom of the medal 44,5mm. The image on the obverse shows a typical Wehrmacht eagle with folded wings, that in clutching a swastika in its claws. Behind the swastika is a branch of laurel leaves placed. This branch is placed diagonally and only half visible. The image on the reverse exists of the text: WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/1942 with underneath another branch of laurel leaves, which is crossed by a broad sword. The medal has a gunmetal colour with the outer rim and helm being bright silver. The medal is suspended by a broad red ribbon, with in the centre a black stripe, which is flanked by two smaller white one’s. Its foundation decree stated that the red represented the bloodshed, the white stood for snow and the black for those who had fallen. Some know manufacturers are: (3) Wilhelm Deumer from Lüdenscheid, (4) Steinahuser & Lück from Lüdenscheid, (5) Hermann Wernstein from Jena-Löbstadt, (6) Fritz Zimmermann from Stuttgart, (7) Paul Meybauer from Berlin, (10) Foerster & Barth from Pforzheim, (11) Grossmann & Co from Vienna, (13) Gustav Brehmer from Markneukirchen, (15) Friedrich Orth from Vienna, (19) E. Ferdinand Wiedmann from Frankfurt, (20) C.F. Zimmermann from Pforzheim, (25) Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Hanauer Silberschmiede, (30) Hauptmünzamt from Vienna, (39) Rudolf Berge from Gablonz, (55) J.E. Hammer & Söhne from Geringswalde, (60) Katz & Deyhle from Pforzheim, (65) Klein & Quenzer from Idar-Oberstein, (73) Franz Möhnert from Gablonz, (76) Ernst Müller from Pforzheim, (80) G.H. Osang from Dresden, (88) Werner Redo from Saarlautern, (92) Josef Rückert & Sohn from Gablonz,
(93) Richard Simm & Söhne from Gablonz, (100) Rudolf Wächtler & Lange from Mittweida, (107) Carl Wild from Hamburg, (110) Otto Zappe from Gablonz,
(127) Moritz Hausch from Pforzheim, (L/55) Rudolf Wächtler & Lange from Mittweida and (L/57) B. Boerger & Co from Berlin. The most of these medal are not marked, those who are have the maker mark stamped in the ring of the ribbon.

The Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal was awarded in a blue, red or buff coloured paper bag, with the name of the award printed on it. It was awarded with a standard award document and conferment of the award was entered in the Soldbuch.

On official occasions or military parades the medal was worn suspended from its ribbon or as part of a group. During active duty only the ribbon was worn through the second buttonhole or as part of a ribbon bar. When it was worn through the buttonhole, it was put behind the ribbon of the Iron Cross 2 (Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse) or The War Merit Cross second class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse) but among combat troops it is often seen after the last because of the higher prestige of the Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal.

The criteria for receiving this award were:

That the recipient had been engaged in combat for at least 2 weeks.
That the recipient spent at least 60 days in the operation area.
That the recipient inflicted a wound during combat.
When the recipient suffered serious frostbite for which the Wounded Badge 1939 in Black (Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz) was awarded. Because of this the Eastern Winter 1941/1942 Campaign Medal was also know as the “Frozen Meat Order.” (Gefreierfleischorden)

For Luftwaffe personal was the criteria, that they had flown at least 30 days above enemy territory.

Abel, Adolf Wilhelm* October 18th, 1914
† August 26th, 1944

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Abel, Alfred* December 31st, 1920
† January 2nd, 1943
Plot: 10 Row: 12 Grave: 1058

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Abel, Josef* January 3rd, 1914
† December 1st, 1984

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Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Faber, Jan   
Fabritius, Albert31-01-191412-06-2001more 
Fahrion, Wilhelm12-10-1893  
Fahrmbacher, Wilhelm19-09-188827-04-1970more 
Fangohr, Friedrich12-08-189917-04-1956more 
Fasel, Lothar15-04-1915  
Fasel, Walter07-06-191913-08-2013more 
Fatin, Jean09-07-191704-08-1999 
Faulhaber, Karl11-01-189611-03-1972more 
Fechner, Heinz13-12-192003-02-1945more 
Fegelein, Hermann-Otto30-10-190629-04-1945more 
Fehn, Gustav21-02-189205-06-1945more 
Felber, Hans-Gustav08-07-188907-03-1962more 
Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer07-05-191814-10-2001more 
Fellmer, Reinhold   
Felsche, Heinz  more 
Felscher, Wilhelm   
Feuring, Friedrich11-04-189325-09-1944 
Feyerabend, Gerhard Fritz Franz29-04-189806-11-1965more 
Fincke, Walter04-04-1918  
Fink, Karl-Heinrich01-04-192223-04-1980more 
Finke, Heinz08-02-192007-12-1996more 
Fircks, Freiherr von, Friedrich08-11-191530-08-1944 
Fischer von Weikersthal, Walther15-09-189011-02-1953more 
Fischer, Alfred14-12-190728-07-1945more 
Fischer, Andreas (WH-Gren.Rgt. (mot.) 41)09-10-1916  
Fischer, Heinrich   
Fischer, Karl-Heinz29-05-1908  
Fischer, Walter (WH-Artillerie)   
Fischer, Wolfgang11-12-188801-02-1943more 
Fitzthum, Josef14-09-189610-01-1945 
Fleer, Hermann08-04-1917 more 
Flimm, Kurt19-11-189406-03-1962 
Fluhs, Friedrich26-08-191200-07-1944more 
Flügel, Hans13-02-191901-03-1989more 
Forchhammer, Gerhard31-03-1909  
Forst, Josef11-06-192321-10-1944more 
Forstreuter, Hans-Boto01-11-191207-10-1986more 
Fortet, André   
Fraas, Hans02-05-191809-02-1942 
Franek, Friedrich16-07-189108-04-1976more 
Frank, Heinz12-12-191407-10-1944more 
Frank, Heinz-Werner06-08-1905  
Franke, Einhard Hans Friederich Georg21-04-191508-07-1943more 
Franke, Hans   
Franke, Max21-02-191519-11-1986more 
Frankenfeld, Erwin12-09-1920 more 
Frankewitz, Bruno08-12-189711-08-1982more 
Franssen, Johannes17-09-192000-00-1944 
Frantz, Peter Ulrich24-07-191711-03-2001more 
Franz, Egon19-07-1921  
Franzke, Hans  more 
Freckmann, Helmut23-01-1917  
Fredericksen, August31-07-191528-09-1944more 
Freese, Rudolf04-03-1921  
Freitag, Fritz28-04-189410-05-1945more 
Fretter-Pico, Maximilian06-02-189204-04-1986more 
Freudenreich, Otto   
Freutel, Lothar  more 
Frevert, Hermann   
Frewer, Karl21-07-190806-03-1945more 
Frey, Albert16-02-191301-09-2003more 
Frey, Wilhelm15-10-191102-01-1945 
Freyer, Joachim18-04-190826-05-1998more 
Fricke, Gerhard   
Friebe, Helmut04-11-189414-01-1970 
Friebe, Werner12-07-189708-03-1962more 
Friedhoff, Siegfried25-11-1920 more 
Friedl, Stefan16-10-192105-11-1944 
Friedrich, Erich (WH-Panzergrenadier)15-07-191401-10-1983more 
Friedrich, Max30-03-191806-12-1975more 
Frielinghaus, Erich  more 
Fritsch, Freiherr von, Wolf20-09-1915 more 
Fröhlich, Georg  more 
Fuchs, Max  more 
Fuhrmann, Hans-Georg18-12-191418-11-2008more 
Funck, Freiherr von, Hans23-12-189114-02-1979more 
Fütterer, Robert11-03-1911  

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