Original WWII German CIVIL AIR DEFENSE HONOR Medal 2ND CLASS, Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. The Civil Defence Decorations were instituted, by Adolf Hitler on January 30TH 1938, in two classes for award to German national personnel serving in the RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) the SHD, Sicherheits und Hilfs Dienst, (Security and Assistance Service), the Werkschutz, (Factory Protection Police) and the Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police), who had participated in the civil air defence of German from January 1933. The first class award was bestowed for exceptional service while the second class award was issued for honorable, meritorious service. Regulations of May 4TH 1937 extended award of the decorations to non-German personnel if they met the required criteria. Roughly, 38m diameter, early, die struck alloy construction award with a nickel silver finish. The circular award features an embossed oak-leaf wreath to the outside edge encompassing an embossed, canted, swastika on a subtly pebbled field encircled by the embossed, Latin script, “Für Verdienste im Luftschutz”, (For Meritorious Service in Air Defence), to the obverse. The reverse also has the embossed, oak-leaf wreath to the outside edge encompassing the embossed, institution date, “1938”, also on a subtly pebbled field. The medal loop and ribbon suspension ring are both intact. comes complete with a piece of original ribbed rayon ribbon. Used condition some staining on ribbon. Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. 100% guaranteed to be authentic pre-1945. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.