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German Medals

Medals as a form of award and recognition for military service dates back to the time of the Roman Republic (509-27 BC), with this tradition spreading across the world and still being preserved today. Medals are generally awarded for periods of service or completion of campaigns, whilst decorations are reserved for specific achievements. During the First and Second World War, an unprecedented amount of military medals were distributed across Europe - including Germany - for both service and achievement; many of these are available on the collectors' market today. Under Nazi rule, the Iron Cross became one of the most recognisable military awards, which had many variations symbolising different acts performed military personel. After the war, the German government attempted the process of denazification, including the replacement of Nazi symbols on medals with the oak leak cluster.

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