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

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

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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Laabs, Herbert (WH-Infanterie-Regiment 478)18-11-190500-07-1944 
Labdouche, André   
Lacroix, Henry00-00-1892  
Laebe, Heinz-Oskar05-02-191315-02-1999more 
Laegeler, Hellmuth22-01-190213-07-1972 
Laengenfelder, Hanns08-02-190318-07-1982more 
Laerbusch, Franz05-04-191503-10-1944 
Lainer, Josef "Sepp"13-03-192004-09-2002more 
Lammer, Karl21-04-192024-01-1979more 
Lampart, Leo08-06-191714-04-1943 
Lamprecht, Herbert28-03-191321-09-1978more 
Landerer, Eugen31-01-1914  
Lang, Hermann (Wh-Aufklärungs-Abteilung)23-12-191518-09-1990more 
Lang, Ludwig24-03-1920  
Langanka, Richard 00-00-1993 
Lange, August28-02-1909 more 
Lange, Gerhard (Panzer-Regiment 35)14-07-191610-04-1996more 
Lange, Heinz  more 
Langendorf, Georg28-07-192028-01-1999more 
Lannewers, Gottfried  more 
Larbig, Heinz01-07-1914 more 
Lasch, Otto25-06-189329-04-1971more 
Lauch, Karl18-04-191414-10-1998 
Lauchert, von, Meinrad29-08-190504-12-1987more 
Lauser, Hermann   
Laux, Paul11-11-188703-09-1944more 
Laüer, Robert   
Le Corre, Pierre   
Le Suire, von, Karl Hans Maximilian08-11-189818-06-1954more 
Lechner, Friedrich09-02-190410-04-1945more 
Lehermann, Franz12-11-191109-09-1943 
Lehmann, Albert  more 
Lehmann, Curt12-07-1898 more 
Lehner, Martin 19-03-1944more 
Lehrig, Herbert02-12-191514-07-1991more 
Leigh, Hermann26-11-191129-01-1945 
Leinfelder, Matthias00-00-191613-02-1942more 
Leitl, Alfred14-01-191516-03-1998more 
Leitner, Rudolf22-01-191516-10-1942 
Lemcke, Gerhard23-01-191319-05-2004more 
Lemelsen, Joachim Hermann August26-09-188830-03-1954more 
Lemke, Max07-04-189529-05-1985more 
Lemm, Heinz-Georg "Hein Lemm"01-06-191917-11-1994more 
Lex, Hans21-01-191611-08-1994more 
Leyherr, Maximilian18-08-1908  
Lickfett, Gotfried21-01-1915  
Lie, Alf   
Lieb, Theo-Helmut "Theobald"29-11-189220-03-1981more 
Liebenstein, Freiherr von, Kurt28-02-189903-08-1975more 
Liecke, Karl08-05-191008-09-1976more 
Lievestra, Klaas10-12-191900-00-1944 
Lilienhoff-Zwowitzki, von, Helmut10-09-190530-06-1944more 
Lindemann, Dieter31-08-1918 more 
Lindemann, Fritz11-04-189422-09-1944more 
Lindemann, Gerhard02-08-189628-04-1994more 
Lindenberg, Friedrich "Fritz"12-07-191431-05-1995more 
Linderkamp, Heinrich26-09-191302-03-1945more 
Lindig, Franz05-10-1893 more 
Lindner, Anton12-04-191717-02-1994more 
Lindner, Gerhard26-12-189604-06-1982more 
Lindvig, Olaf Trygve09-09-191702-02-2007more 
Linkenbach, Paul10-01-1914 more 
Liphart, Johannes "Hans"28-12-1901 more 
Lippert, Lucien25-08-191313-02-1944 
Lippert, Michael Johann24-04-189701-09-1969more 
Litterscheid, Friedrich-Franz12-06-191122-12-1988 
Loch, Emil Herbert05-08-188628-10-1976more 
Loeper, von, Friedrich-Wilhelm03-08-188807-10-1983more 
Lohmann, Hanns-Heinrich24-04-191125-05-1995more 
Loos, Wilhelm27-12-191128-12-1988more 
Loose, Otto20-05-192027-08-1944 
Loose, Wolfgang16-02-191627-08-2014 
Lorenz, Erich31-08-190510-12-1984more 
Lorenz, Karl24-01-190403-10-1964more 
Lotze, Gerhard21-05-192213-10-1944more 
Lucht, Walther26-02-188218-03-1949more 
Ludwig, Heinrich16-03-191523-08-1942more 
Ludwig, Hermann Max27-06-1887  
Ludwig, Josef 14-01-1945 
Lukesch, Dieter15-07-191828-02-2004more 
Lumpp, Karl-Willi "Peter"26-06-191531-03-2001more 
Lustig, Erwin12-01-1919 more 
Luther, Hans Walther  more 
Luttmann, Arthur   
Lutz, Hans25-10-1906  
Lutz, Johannes11-03-192026-08-2005more 
Lübke, Johann27-03-191619-07-2006 
Lücken, von, Theodor24-04-191415-11-1986more 
Lüdecke, Otto-Joachim27-05-189514-02-1971more 
Lüttger, Karl   
Lüttichau, Graf von, Maximilian13-07-191709-02-1945more 
Lüttwitz, Freiherr von, Heinrich06-12-189609-10-1969more 
Lüttwitz, Freiherr von, Smilo23-12-189519-05-1975more 
Lützow, Freiherr von, Kurt Jürgen07-08-189220-07-1961more 
Lämmle, Willi  more 
Löffler, Erich22-03-190817-03-1945more 
Löhe, Wolfgang00-00-191900-00-2003more 
Löll, Rudolf11-10-191903-05-2006 
Lörges, Werner24-02-1914  
Löwe, Erich24-09-190623-12-1943more 
Löwrick, Karl08-11-189408-04-1945more