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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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Gablenz, Freiherr von, Maximilian Anton Heinrich26-07-188107-07-1945 
Gall, Freiherr von, Waldemar15-03-190627-01-1965 
Gallach, Johann  more 
Gallas, Paul25-01-188518-09-1944more 
Gallien, Gilbert   
Gans, Ernst   
Gansmeier, Jakob30-05-190008-08-1944more 
Gareis, Martin06-10-189126-02-1976more 
Gaudecker-Zuch, von, Gerlach24-03-190911-03-1970more 
Gaupp-Berghausen, Reichsfreiherr von, Georg12-01-191823-03-1985more 
Gefeller, Heinz11-06-1911 more 
Geier, Franz Xaver29-08-191419-09-1944 
Geisendorf, Fritz-Adolf07-12-1909 more 
Gekle, Clemens Maria Benno04-03-191505-09-1999more 
Geppert, Erich31-12-191208-02-1966 
Gerbel, Anton07-11-192001-04-1944 
Gerecht, Otto19-01-189914-10-1943more 
Gerke, Siegfried30-04-191709-10-1998more 
Gerl, Franz Xaver16-11-191413-06-1980more 
Gerlach, Clemens30-06-1916  
Gerlach, Ludwig14-10-191927-02-2001 
Gernt, Theo08-03-192301-01-2004more 
Gerold, Max08-09-1923  
Gerstenmeier, Karl00-00-1904 more 
Gerstmeier, Heinz29-04-1917 more 
Gessner, Harald28-01-192118-03-1944 
Geurts, Julius "Juul"24-02-192309-01-1943 
Geßner, Viktor   
Gider, Otto   
Giesing, Eugen22-09-1919  
Gilbert, Kurt20-12-191300-07-2008more 
Gille, Herbert Otto08-03-189726-12-1966more 
Gilow, Peter-Eckhardt Arno Hermann13-03-191808-11-1992more 
Gilsa, Freiherr von und zu, Werner-Albrecht04-03-188908-05-1945more 
Gladewitz, Herbert22-02-1916  
Glase, Willi26-04-1905  
Gliemann, Paul01-09-190903-03-1945more 
Gloddek, August14-05-1912 more 
Gloge, Reinhold18-02-191603-03-1997more 
Gläsche, Dieter   
Gläser, Alexander04-01-191413-09-2003more 
Gollert-Hansen, Hans-Detlef03-11-191306-03-1945more 
Goltz, Graf von den, Albert24-06-189316-03-1944more 
Goth, Ernst28-07-189700-01-1986more 
Grabendorffer, Max26-10-1917 more 
Gradinger, Gottfried 20-12-1943 
Gramm, Herbert14-07-1921  
Grasser, Anton03-11-189103-11-1976more 
Grasser, Rudolf20-04-191813-09-1992 
Grauer, Otto10-02-191513-11-1943more 
Gravenhorst, Max   
Gravenreuth, Freiherr von, Siegmund-Ulrich21-10-190916-10-1944more 
Greiner, Heinrich "Heinz"12-08-189519-11-1977more 
Greiter, Hans26-08-192001-10-2002more 
Griesbach, Franz21-12-189224-09-1984more 
Griesmayer, Hans03-12-191618-10-1944more 
Grillenberger, Rudolf21-03-1914 more 
Grimm, Wilhelm  more 
Grodde, Werner22-07-191407-10-2003more 
Grohmann, Franz16-10-191907-04-2000more 
Grohme, Wilhelm  more 
Groll, von, Max05-10-191010-05-1945more 
Grosskopf, Walter  more 
Grote, Ernst-Albert05-08-191408-10-1973more 
Grote, Wilhelm11-08-1912 more 
Groß, Helmut27-12-191022-10-2004more 
Groß, Johann24-09-191311-09-1943 
Großlaub, Herbert Richard06-05-190600-04-1945more 
Gruber, Max14-07-191605-09-1944 
Gruber, Rupert22-08-191401-02-1968 
Grundner, Michael00-00-192024-12-1944 
Gruner, Erich10-09-189412-05-1944more 
Grunge, Wilhelm27-07-191616-11-1984more 
Grusche, Hermann20-07-189709-02-1978 
Grüner, Georg09-08-191511-03-1944more 
Grüner, Hans00-00-1919 more 
Gräbner, Victor-Eberhard24-05-191418-09-1944more 
Grätz, Erich14-08-1909 more 
Guaita, York  more 
Gutberlet, Paul   
Gutmann, Joachim28-11-190229-12-1969more 
Guttorn, Otto   
Gutzeit, Ernst  more 
Gültingen, Freiherr von, Regimboto24-03-1906  
Günther, Erich16-01-189803-05-1944more 
Günzel, Reinhard02-02-190705-12-1970more 
Günzkofer, Josef03-02-191518-10-1943 
Gäbler, Kurt06-02-1913 more 
Göbel, Karl20-01-190002-03-1945more 
Göhler, Johannes15-09-191821-02-2003more 
Göpfert, Christian28-08-1910 more 
Görcke, Willy07-09-1912  
Göttert, Willi  more 
Götz, Heinrich01-01-189631-01-1960more 
Götz, Heinz   
Gößmann, Franz18-12-190904-04-1945more