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
Haase, Hans Eberhard21-01-191930-07-1942more 
Haberl, Franz   
Hack, Franz03-02-191509-06-1997more 
Hackbarth, Willi17-12-192127-07-1944 
Haedge, Karl-Ludwig14-07-1923 more 
Haen, Rudolf Melchior Arthur Maria12-03-191509-05-1945more 
Hafen, Heinz18-04-1917 more 
Hagemann, Karl   
Hagemann, Wolf20-07-189812-09-1983more 
Hagmeister, Reimund03-02-1915 more 
Hahn, Walter11-04-191431-01-2002more 
Hahne, Artur   
Haizmann, Richard Robert29-04-191924-02-1943more 
Haißmann, Josef 05-04-1944 
Hake, von, Friedrich-Erdmann14-08-189822-03-1982more 
Haken, Heinz29-11-1914 more 
Halbrock, Friedrich-Ernst17-02-1917 more 
Haldimann, August17-02-1919 more 
Hamacher, Adolf09-02-191327-04-1944more 
Hamader, Josef11-12-191320-10-1944 
Hamburger, Michael05-09-191412-08-1989more 
Hammel, Kurt  more 
Hammermann, Heinrich01-07-1916  
Haneder, Alois 08-03-1944 
Hannappel, Hans29-12-191226-08-1943more 
Hannemann, Ruprecht27-12-1912  
Hansen, Max31-07-190807-03-1990more 
Hansen, Walter08-06-189502-01-1969 
Hanusch, Erwin30-08-191016-08-1944more 
Harmel, Heinz29-06-190602-09-2000more 
Harms, Johann   
Harnack, Martin28-02-192103-06-1984more 
Harteneck, Gustav  more 
Harthan, Lorenz04-01-191307-01-1976more 
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961more 
Hartnick, Willi25-11-1915  
Harzer, Walter (Waffen-SS)29-09-191229-05-1982 
Hasse, Wilhelm24-11-189406-06-1945more 
Haus, Georg16-09-189516-04-1945more 
Hauser, Eduard22-06-189516-07-1961more 
Hauser, Walter  more 
Hausser, Paul "Papa"07-10-188021-12-1972more 
Haß, Valentin  more 
Hedde, Klaus-Peter29-11-1913 more 
Heder, Eberhardt30-06-191818-11-2017more 
Heesen, von, Albert21-01-1914 more 
Hegemann, Hugo18-03-1915  
Hegenbarth, Friedrich   
Hegewald, Rudolf14-03-192006-03-2003 
Heidbreder, Werner   
Heigl, Ritter von, Hubertus-Maria10-11-189724-01-1985more 
Heim, Herbert (schwere Panzer-Abteilung 504)14-09-1919  
Heimhilger, Anton20-12-1917  
Heimsath, Paul00-00-191900-00-1982more 
Heindl, Josef10-03-190410-09-1943more 
Heinemann, Fritz31-01-1917  
Heininger, Franz06-03-191929-04-1944 
Heintz, Joachim25-05-189624-10-1960more 
Heinzmann, Leonhard12-10-1921  
Heiss, Fritz  more 
Heitzmann, Johann14-09-1913  
Heller, Hugo12-02-191520-05-1944more 
Hellige, Gerhard00-00-1918 more 
Helling, Arno05-11-1900 more 
Hellwig, Martin02-04-1913 more 
Hemeter, Wilhelm05-02-191826-06-1944 
Hencke, Friedrich "Fritz"   
Hennig, Herbert  more 
Henrici, Sigfrid10-05-188908-11-1964more 
Hensen, Hans09-11-1913  
Herbers, Wilhelm   
Herberth, Willi07-03-1925 more 
Herlan, Friedrich29-08-1898 more 
Hermanns, Hubert   
Herpolsheimer, Horst03-10-1920 more 
Herre, Heinz Danko  more 
Herrlau, Walter  more 
Herrmann, Hans (WH-Pi.Btl.74)19-06-1916  
Hertel, Rüdiger26-08-191927-08-1995more 
Herzog, Karl06-07-190625-01-1998more 
Hessl, Karl   
Heuer, Heinz02-03-191806-01-2002more 
Heuer, Robert09-11-191625-10-1951more 
Heun, Wilhelm23-05-189521-09-1986more 
Heydebrand und der Lasa, von, Ernst-Oskar26-12-192129-06-2002more 
Heymann, von, Joachim30-08-1915  
Hilber, Emil03-01-1921 more 
Hilbig, Alfred01-10-191810-11-1943more 
Hilburg, Werner   
Hildebrandt, Hans-Georg15-06-189631-01-1967more 
Hildebrandt, Heinrich18-02-1919 more 
Hilgemann, Klaus21-02-191806-07-1973more 
Hille, Wilfried14-04-1916 more 
Himme, Karl-Heinz14-10-1919 more 
Hindelang, Anton16-05-191417-09-1944more 
Hinz, Bruno28-08-191528-02-1968more 
Hinzmann, Herbert  more 
Hipp, Helmut10-07-189507-07-1984more 
Hirschfeld, von, Harald10-07-191218-01-1945more 
Hirsekorn, Hermann   
Hitzfeld, Otto-Maximilian07-05-189806-12-1990more 
Hochbaum, Wilhelm03-08-189812-06-1971more 
Hochradl, Bernhard "Leo"01-11-192028-04-1944 
Hodrius, Georg Johann Franz20-04-192010-09-1944more 
Hoefer, Fritz20-08-1911 more 
Hoehne, Gustav17-02-189301-07-1951more 
Hoelck, Klaus10-02-191314-04-1984more 
Hoensbroech, Graf von und zu, Ignaz26-11-191826-11-1993more 
Hoeth, Hans-Lothar04-10-1917 more 
Hof, August25-09-1914  
Hofbauer, Franz  more 
Hofbauer, Heinrich18-05-191819-02-1943 
Hofbauer, Max 01-10-1943 
Hofenfels, Freiherr von, Karl-Max26-07-190825-07-1944 
Hofer, Herbert   
Hoffmann, Georg (WH-Ski-Jäger)27-10-1920 more 
Hoffmann, Rudolf (WH-Pz.Art.Rgt. 27)24-12-1912  
Hoffmann, Wilhelm08-04-191723-01-1943more 
Hoffmeister, Edmund04-03-189300-03-1951more 
Hoffmeister, Henning29-06-191219-01-1980 
Hofmann, Edwin15-06-1914  
Hofmeister, Walter28-05-191028-01-1944more 
Hofmiller, Hermann15-08-191714-08-1944 
Hoidn, Franz16-10-190519-08-1944more 
Holleck-Weithmann, Wolfgang   
Hollekamp, Josef19-08-192020-12-1992more 
Hollerung, Christoph Heinrich Werner05-07-191500-01-1945more 
Holzendorff, Ernst31-07-190706-03-1944 
Holzer, Friedrich13-05-191209-11-1984more 
Holzhauer, Fritz16-05-191600-07-1944more 
Holzinger, Anton Stefan Edwin30-12-190106-04-1989more 
Holzmann, Leopold05-03-191621-10-2002more 
Homme de Courbière, de l', Rene (1887-1946)24-01-188707-05-1946 
Hommes, Jan Rudolf08-07-191800-00-1991 
Hommes, Jans 00-00-1944 
Hoppe, Harry11-02-189423-08-1969more 
Hoppe, Wolf-Horst02-07-190906-07-1997more 
Horbach, Werner01-02-1916  
Horn, Hans06-08-1921  
Horn, Wolfgang O.   
Horner, Adolf22-06-192113-12-1944 
Hoth, Hermann12-04-188525-01-1971more 
Hottmann, Willi   
Huber, Alois11-06-191406-11-1942more 
Huber, Franz (LW-Kampfgeschwader) 15-10-1943more 
Huber, Siegfried02-09-191419-01-1943more 
Huber, Willi01-01-1906  
Hudel, Helmut04-07-191511-03-1985more 
Hudemann, Jürgen04-07-1912 more 
Hudopisk, Alois  more 
Hugon, Joachim04-10-1917 more 
Hundt, Gustav27-09-189421-04-1945more 
Hurlebaus, August01-06-192129-06-1944 
Hübner, Johannes   
Hünersdorff, von, Walther28-11-189817-07-1943more 
Hüttner, Hans19-11-188511-09-1956 
Häberlen, Klaus14-04-191607-04-2002more 
Häfner, Wilhelm22-07-1892 more 
Hämmerle, Alois11-11-191326-11-1943more 
Högerl, Alois24-02-191628-10-1944 
Höke, Stefan-Heinrich24-10-190528-06-1944more 
Hölscher, Walter08-01-1907 more 
Hölz, Johannes02-07-190629-04-1945 
Hölzenspies, Paul01-10-191900-00-1944 
Höper, Ahrend26-11-192005-03-2013more 
Hörmann, Peter07-07-1913 more 
Hörnemann, Artur25-06-1911 more 
Hösl, Friedrich  more 
Hövel, Freiherr von, Karl23-10-1915  

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