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    Guest Rick Research

    12s and 4s only had ribbon bar devices for a few months in 1940, after which the useful little RAD emblem devices were abolished. 18 and 25 year medals had eagles on the ribbon and medal bars.

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    Maybe I lied. I just had a look at a few of my bars and one I assumed was an early Wehrmacht long service bar and eagle now looks to me like an RAD eagle device (the 3-ribbon bar below).

    I've put a bar with two Wehrmacht long service eagle devices above it for comparison.

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    Guest Rick Research

    :Cat-Scratch: Those are the ONLY embroidered ones I have EVER seen in 40 years outside the illustrations in the "B?nderkatalog," Stan!!!! :jumping::jumping::jumping:

    No, that lower 3 ribbon bar device IS a Wehrmacht one-- note the rounded wing tips. It's just a style of the eagle from a specific manufacturer.

    Here are the 1940 devices for 12 and 4-- quite useful, eh?-- and a 25.


    Notice the very distinctly shaped eagle used for the RAD 25 here and on Stan's :love::love::love: above. Those are even rarer than the shovel devices. I've seen ecxactly ONE metal 18 RAD ribbon bar device, and this is only the second ( :beer: Gerd!) RAD 25 I have ever seen-- or owned.

    The OTHER RAD 25, which I sold pre-internet, was also a single. I have never been able to find a single official reference as to when, why--or indeed, whether--DOUBLE RAD long service awards were authorized to be worn "Wehrmacht style." Presence of doubles on bars with 1940 devices suggests that year, certainly... but it has never been clear to me whether two ribbons was ALSO as unauthorized as the shovel devices, and was later rescinded or banned.

    These should NOT be confused with the flat wingtipped but massive eagles/puny wreathed swastika Wehrmacht eagles made by Otto Schickle:


    But it is obvious WHY the shovel devices were needed. Here are three ribbon bars (and there is a fourth Out There that has escaped my grasp) which belonged to OBerarbeitsf?hrer Georg Wolf Erasmus Emil Hugo Freiherr von Rechenberg (1883-1944):


    No RAD awards in existence, 1934-38,

    ONE RAD long service,

    TWO RAD long services.

    Although the unique WW1 ribbon identified the original owner THEN, it was only the none-one-two that allowed recognition of this-- and research has verified the ID-- of these as RAD long services at all. One "plain blue" could be any of SIX Prussian or SIX Third Reich awards-- but only the RAD wore TWO.

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    Guest Rick Research

    Here's a side by side at 500% of a Schickle mutant Wehrmacht eagle on left and the precisely made but rarely seen RAD version on right:


    The regulation RAD eagle devices look very much like miniature SA and NSDAP 1938+ cap eagles, in perfect proportion. While both have uncut flashing under the beak, Schickle's mutant looks like that Egyptian Ibis-god, or one of those "Star Wars" drones battled by Jar-Jar Binks--cartoonish-- while the RAD has the strong, well formed square head of a real bird.

    Notice also that while the :love::love::love: embroidered RAD eagles on the full sized ribbons above face to viewed LEFT, as per regulations, the metal ones face RIGHT--incorrectly!! Can't explain it. The ones I have seen on ribbon bars have all been this way. It's like the YELLOW embroidered, but BRONZE metal devices on Customs long service ribbons....

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    Guest Rick Research

    Had to have been. Counting WW1 militaryservice as well-- the same way that was done for the 1938 civil service Treeudienst Crosses...

    absolute, total, impenetrable lack of documentation. :(

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    • 11 years later...

    A very nice bar and probably from a member of an early construction crew involved in the building of the 'Westwall', or a later member of a 'Flak Abteilung' after the defences were garrisoned prior to Allied Invasion.  

    Quite a hard combination to find....congrats!

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