Original German Weimar Republic Pre-WWII Silesian Eagle 2nd Class Medal
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice German Pre-WWII Weimar Republic era Silesian Eagle 2nd Class, with the correct silvering on the Silesian Emblem and the FÜR SCHLESIEN (For Silesia) embossing. The award also comes with the correct Yellow and White rayon ribbon, the colors of Silesia. It is not marked, as with most examples encountered.
The award is constructed from die struck tombac, and is of single piece construction. This is the more common lacquered version of the award, with silver paint added to the Silver Crescent with Cross Silesian emblem. It hands from a ring on the top, indicating that it is the 2nd class award.
A very good example, with almost all of the lacquer retained. Ready to display!
The Silesian Eagle (German language: Schlesischer Adler) was a medal awarded for fighting the Silesian Uprisings in 1919-1921 as part of the Freikorps Oberland under the Weimar Republic.
Instituted on the 19 of June 1919 by VI. Armee-Korps Generalleutnant Friedrich von Friedeburg, the Silesian Eagle was issued in two classes, 2nd class for three months of service and 1st class for 6 months of service and could be adorned with oak leaves, swords, or both. This medal was one of the few Freikorps awards that were allowed to be worn on uniforms during the Third Reich after the 1935 ban on unofficial medals. However, the swords, and oak leaves, denoting additional bravery, merit or service were banned, but despite interdictions, many veterans continued wearing them in active military service during WWII.
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