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I'm not a regular follower of this forum, but saw this picture on the WorldWar2today site (see below) and thought I'd ask: Surely someone can list Heydrich's decorations?

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Hugh,

This list was on AHF so credits to them, maybe it helps you.

Decorations & Awards of Reinhard Heydrich:

09.06.1942 Deutscher Orden des Grossdeutschen Reiches, I. Klasse, Goldenes Kreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern (posthumously; In his address to the assembled mourners at Heydrich's memorial service, Hitler declared: "I have only a few words to say of the deceased. He was one of the best National Socialists, one of the strongest defenders of the concept of a German Reich, one of the greatest adversaries of all enemies of the Reich. As Führer of the Party and as Führer of the German Reich, I give you, my dear comrade Reinhard Heydrich, the second German after Party Comrade Todt, the highest decoration which I have to give: The Supreme Class of the German Order.")
00.07.1941 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.1941 Gemeinsames Flugzeugführer- und Beobachter-Abzeichen in Gold mit Brillanten (personally presented by
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring)
00.07.1941 Frontflugspange für Tagjäger in Silber
00.00.1941 Frontflugspange für Tagjäger in Bronze
00.00.19__ Flugzeugführerabzeichen (Luftwaffe)
09.06.1942 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Gold (posthumously)
00.00.1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes
00.00.19__ Spange "Prager Burg" zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.193_ Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.19__ Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
30.01.1939 Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP
09.06.1942 Blutorden der NSDAP (posthumously)
00.00.194_ Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP in Bronze
00.00.1939 SS-Dienstauszeichnung (8 Jahre)
00.00.1941 Polizei-Dienstauszeichnung 3. Stufe (8 Jahre)
00.00.1939 Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen
00.00.193_ Ehrenzeichen des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes I. Klasse
00.00.1936 Deutsche Olympia-Ehrenzeichen I. Klasse
00.00.19__ Leistungs- und Meisterschaftsabzeichen des Deutschen Reichsbundes für Leibesübungen
00.00.1939 Kreuz von Danzig I. Klasse
00.00.193_ Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Silber
00.00.193_ SA-Sportabzeichen in Gold
00.00.19__ Deutsches Reiterabzeichen in Silber
00.00.193_ Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
24.12.1933 Totenkopfring der SS
16.12.1935 Julleuchter der SS
00.02.1934 Ehrenwinkel für alte Kämpfer
18.10.1938 Grand Officer's Cross of the Order of "St. Mauritius and Lazarus" (Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e. Lazzaro) (Italy)
18.10.1938 Grand Cross with Sash of the Order of the Crown of Italy (Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine della Corona d'Italia)
29.09.1937 Commander's Cross of the Order of "St. Mauritius and Lazarus" (Commendatore dell'Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e. Lazzaro) (Italy)
20.04.1937 Grand Officer's Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy (Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Corona d'Italia)
00.00.193_ Grand Cross of the Order of the Military Order of Savoy with Star (Italy)
00.00.19__ Pilot's Badge of the Royal Air Force of Italy (Regia Aeronautica)
19.10.1937 Honor Dagger of the Fascist Militia (Italy)
18.10.1938 Royal Yugoslav St. Sava Order 1st Class (neck cross)

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=165790

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Thanks, Taz, I knew this would be a softball question for the knowledgeable.

Best,

Hugh

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As a matter of fact, Heydrich was Grand Cross of St. Sava, and it is not a neck badge. Following the German practice, once the war was declared by Germany to any country, the awards of that country were no more worn or displayed.

Dragomir

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It's a difficult matter.

Heydrich's funeral pillow shows 7 foreing breast stars, bt the list above from AHF only mentions 5 breast star decorations.

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These 7 foreing awards appear on his ribbon bar perfectly, with miniature crowns (italian awards) or rosettes.

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The question is: which are these foreing breast stars?

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I will go out on a limb here and say, Heydrich is probably the man with the most inflated medal count I can think of. He did almost nothing compared to most of the "big Guys" and has a rack like a Russian general. I think it is because he put the shts up people.... his men probably sent messages before he went somewhere.."Heydrich is coming... give him an award if you want to... and dont give him one if you dare to!!"

He may have recieved the EK1 and Front clap in Silver.... but from what I can see, he saw little if any combat... I am guessing the EK! was a favor amongst friends.... many fighter pilots did a lot more than him just to recieve the EK2.

How could he possibly have qualified for a Gold Wound badge? Another favour amongst friends.

All the italian awards? Is there any reason why someone with his career path would have recieved all these?

Its a nice selection indeed... but IMHO probably very cheaply earned....

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Heydrich gave his life for the gold wound badge, small sacrifice for a piece of metal ;)

Indeed... but awarding a wound badge for someone killed in action was not allowed in the regulations as far as I can remember ;-)

The wifes Great Grandfather died of wounds in Warsaw... nothing more than his old >WW1 Black wound badge there... and they updated the paperwork after his death so no Gold Wound Badge in the pipeline...

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Heydrich gave his life for the gold wound badge, small sacrifice for a piece of metal ;)

Herr Heydrich never gave anything - his life was taken from him.and it wasn't in combat. 

Edited by Berlinerbummel

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High-ranking Nazi chaps like Heydrich and Dietrich had lots of awards given not for what they did but for who they were. These fellows broke the rules for ribbon bars and did what they wanted. Sepp at least was a real soldier. Heydrich was not.

Edited by Berlinerbummel

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