Award Criteria: The West Wall Medal (Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen) was a military decoration of Nazi Germany. It was instituted on 2 August 1939 and was given to those who designed and built the fortifications on Germany's western borders, known as the West Wall or, in English, the Siegfried Line, and to the troops who served there prior to May 1940. In 1944, as Germany was expecting the arrival of the allied invasion, it was again awarded to those who took part in the fortification of the western borders. In all 622,064 medals were awarded until the end of the war. On the reverse it bore the inscription "Für Arbeit zum Schutze Deutschlands" (For Work for the Protection of Defense of Germany). The medal was designed by Professor Richard Klein, of Munich.
Awarded for military service on the Siegfried Line during the Third Reich era. Made during the Second World War by a German authorized manufacturer, in near mint condition, it comes with original war time medal ribbon, still in original paper issue packet, makers marked on reverse Julius Maurer, Oberstein.