The Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten was awarded to individuals who served on the German Eastern Front during 15 November 1941 to 15 April 1942. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc-alloy base that has been silver washed, blackened and lacquered. The round shaped obverse depicts the early national closed winged eagle clutching a stagnant swastika in its talons, in front of a laurel wreath branch and below an M35 pattern helmet and a model 24 grenade. The reverse reads: “Winterschlacht Im Ostem 1941/42” (Winter Battle in the East 1941/42), which is above a crossed sword and laurel leaf and berry branch and below that same helmet and grenade. To the top is an internal loop and maker marked ring “20” (C.F. Zimmermann) which is very difficult to read. The ring holds approximately 8 inches of original red, white and black rayon ribbon. It is stunning! It measures approximately 1 7/16 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches tall. The award comes housed in a brown paper packet. The obverse of the packet reads: “Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42” (Ostmedaille)”, in black print. The reverse reads: “Fritz Zimmermann Stuttgart”, (NOT matching the ring) which is surrounded in a rectangular black box. The packet shows damage, tears and a bit missing from the back. It measures approximately 2 5/16 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall.
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