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The West Wall Medal was instituted on the 2nd August 1939 as an award to designers, planners and workers, who constructed the Siegfried Line and other defence fortifications along the Western border of Germany. Members of the armed forces, who were stationed on these defences prior to 1940, were also eligible for the award.
On the obverse of this eliptical shaped bronze medal, the central design consists of a fortification at the bottom, a crossed sword and spade within the middle, surmounted by an eagle and swastika. The surrounding edge consists of interlocking oak leaves. On the reverse, the words FUR ARBEIT ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCH-LANDS are embossed. There is a slight dark staining on the upper part of the reverse, but this does not detract from the overall crisp condition of the medal.
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