Cholm Battle Shield (Cholmschild)
Replica of the Cholm Battle Shield. The award features the outline of a shield with a large "open-winged" Wehrmacht-style eagle grasping an Iron Cross with a swastika at its centre. Below this in capital letters is written CHOLM and then the date 1942. Complete with metal backing piece.
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The Cholm Shield was a World War II German military decoration awarded to those who fought in the Cholm Pocket between 21 January and 5 May 1942. It was instituted on 1 July 1942.
To receive the shield, military personnel had to:
- Have served honourably within the Cholm Pocket between the specified dates; or
- Have flown and landed at the airfield within the pocket for resupply operations
The Cholm Shield was worn on the left upper sleeve of the uniform of soldiers and airmen. For civilian clothes a smaller shield roughly 16mm across with a needle fitting could be worn on the left lapel. Soldiers with multiple campaign shields (for example Crimea Shield or Narvik Shield) would place the shield one above the other separated by half a cm. Holders of three campaign shields would have Narvik first with then the Cholm and Crimea beside each other below.