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German Democratic Republic Deutsche Demokratische Republik 7th October 1949 - 3rd October 1990

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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MfS (Stasi) Soldatenfestspiele

A "soldatenfestspiele" could be described as an NVA soldiers' festival, complete with athletic contests, music, plays, sketches, poetry, etc. put on by the soldiers themselves. The Stasi's military unit, the Feliks Dzierzynski Wachregiment, conducted these festivals as well, and produced badges and medals (gold, silver and bronze) to award for prowess in a chosen field.

I have a few of these I thought I'd share. At the bottom is the unit's cuff title.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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Re: MfS (Stasi) Soldatenfestspiele

There were three distinct variants of these medals/badges given from the '60's through 1989. I have been unable to pinpoint cut-off dates for these variants, but I can tell you what the three looked like, and I can show you two.
In variant one, which I don't have, the soldier's tunic is closed at the collar, and the type reads "Wachregiment Berlin Des MfS Feliks Dzierzynski". The attachment at the top of the medal is a "U" shaped hanger.

The second variant, shown at the top of this image, keeps all the properties of the first variant but the type has been changed to read "Wachregiment Berlin Feliks Dzierzynski Des MfS".

The third, and final, variant (shown at the bottom of this image) features the same type, but the tunic collar is now open and there is a hole at the top for mounting.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Re: MfS (Stasi) Soldatenfestspiele

The medals in a group; one bronze 2nd variant along with a gold, silver and bronze 3rd variant:
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The inscription on the reverse of all the medals is shown in this image. It reads, "Our love, our faith and our strength the socialist fatherland of the German Democratic Republic! Art is weapon!"
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The tunic badges, two silver and one bronze, are all variant 3's.
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The"odd man out" in all of this is my one Kampfsport badge. These are from the same period but were not associated with the soldatenfestspiele. The kampfsport was a separate contest of "war sports"; physical, battle-type competitions- no other activities. All kampfsport badges were bronze; the roman numeral at the bottom indicated the level of the award. This is for second place.

This version of the badge is the MfS (Stasi) version, and has the State seal below "Kampfsport". The police had a similar badge, but theirs had the police "star" below "Kampfsport".
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All badges had fasteners of the type used during the period. As far as the large medals go, the neck ribbons I've seen were either tri-coloured (black, red and gold) or solid red.
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Re: MfS (Stasi) Soldatenfestspiele

Cool Greg, thanks. I've not seen these before, although I never got very deep into the DDR (:( )
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Re: MfS (Stasi) Soldatenfestspiele

Hello Greg - do you by chance have any award documents that were presented with you badges?
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Unfortunately, Ralph, I don't have any to date... always looking, though. :D
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