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The award documents for silver (25) and gold (40) years civil service crosses, awarded from 1938 until suspended for war's duration in January 1943.

The format, with printed Meissner "signatures" and embossed seals, was the same for all documents of each class. Some samples of the 25 =

Amtsrat Drews


and Reichsbank Oberinspektor Spungmann


both had particularly weird careers, while locomotive driver G?schel


had been the mechanic in a flak platoon in Plaestine during the First World War.

Close up of the embossed seal on all 25s.


Previous military service WAS counted twoards these-- "double dipping" so that TWO (or more in some cases) different long service awards could be worn together overlapping the same length of time.

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The 40, with the large plain Chancery seal found on all of these, and the usual printed Hitler "signature."

Reichsbankinspektor Bielke had been a Major in the Bavarian army, while Reichsbankoberinspektor Sprungmann, above, had been a Prussian army NCO. Civil service "grade" thus bore no relation to previous status. Without obtaining documents in groups, you never know....

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