Awards & Decorations

Awards for Valor

“Look Hasenkamp, the infantry! Despite tanks and heavy artillery, the decider of the fight is always the infantry. When the storm wave moves forward, everything moves forward. If they breakdown, everything breaks down.”
Major zur Linden
Unternehmen Michael

Eisernes Kreuz II Klasse (Iron Cross Second Class)

Instituted: 1 September 1939 by The Ordinance on the Renewal of the Iron Cross of September 1, 1939 ( RGBl . 1939 IS 1573).
Eligibility: The Iron Cross is used exclusively for exceptional acts of initiative against the enemy and/or for outstanding merit in the troop leadership. Requires 1 letter of petition from chain of command. Awardees may wear the ✠ in their FJR 2 tag.
Historical Requirements: Article 2: "Awarded for outstanding service and/or bravery in the face of the enemy."

Eisernes Kreuz I Klasse (Iron Cross First Class)

Instituted: 1 September 1939 by The Ordinance on the Renewal of the Iron Cross of September 1, 1939 ( RGBl . 1939 IS 1573).
Eligibility: The E.K. I is awarded for exemplary initiative and or leadership or for consistent and repeated acts. It requires letter of petition from the awardee's immediate chain of command and written testimony from a member outside the awardee's chain of command. Awardees may wear the in their FJR 2 tag.
Historical Requirements: Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse (Iron Cross First Class) was exclusively awarded for additional acts of bravery before the enemy and for excellent merits in commanding troops after previously receiving the E.K. II.

Ehrenblattspange der Luftwaffe (Honor Roll Clasp of the Luftwaffe)

Instituted: Stiftungsverordnung vom 30. Januar 1944.
Eligibility: In the FJR 2, it is awarded to recognize additional EK I & II awards for Eisernes Kreuz recipients.
Historical Requirements: Ehrenblattspange der Luftwaffe (Honor Roll Clasp of the Luftwaffe) was established by Reich Marshal Hermann Göring in July 1944 for the German Air Force to distinguish additional decorations of Eisernes Kreuz. It denoted subsequent EK I & II awards to soldiers who were awarded them previously.

Deutches Kreuz Gold (German Cross Gold)

Instituted: Artikel 3 der Stiftungsverordnung vom 28. September 1941
Eligibility: In the FJ2, it is used to recognize repeated acts of exceptional initiative and outstanding achievements in leadership. Nominees must be holders of the EK and the Ehrenblattspange der Luftwaffe. Recipients are entitled to wear ✵.
Historical Requirements: The Deutches Kreuz Gold (German Cross Gold) was established to recognize "repeatedly demonstrated acts of proven exceptional valor or multiple outstanding merit in troop leadership." Nominees by rule of thumb had to demonstrate 6-8 additional acts of valor after receiving the Eisernes Kreuz to be considered for the Deutches Kreuz Gold.

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuze (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross)

Instituted: Reichsgesetzblatt vom 10. Juni 1940 Nr. 102 Seite 849
Eligibility: One of the most coveted awards and rarest of decorations, the FJR 2 has no established criteria for this award. It is currently unused in the FJR 2 and present for purposes of continuity. Upon institution, recipients will be distinguished by "~✠~" at the end of their FJR.2 tag.
Historical Requirements:The Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes exclusively awarded for "renewed special bravery before the enemy and for outstanding merit in the troop leadership." The award was typically awarded to exceptional cases of leadership rather than individual acts of heroism. Only six awards were given to privates for conspicuous acts of gallantry.

SERVICE AND LONG SERVICE AWARDS

Treue um Treue! (Loyalty for Loyalty!)
Fallschirmjäger Motto

Dienstauszeichnungen (Long Service Award)

Instituted: 18. Oktober 1938
Eligibility: The FJR 2 awards this medal to members who participated in the first scrimmage against the GR.559 in Darkest Hour '44 and in celebration of its first victory on October 11, 2015.
Historical Requirements: The Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 recognized those who participated in the annexation of the Sudetenland. Fallschirmjaeger units covertly took part in these early campaigns to exercise their operational capabilities. They did not serve in any combat capacity in the Anschluss or in the annexation of the Sudetenland.

Dienstauszeichnungen (Long Service Award)

Instituted: Verordnung über die Stiftung von Dienstauszeichnungen vom 16. März 1936, Reichsgesetzblatt Nr. 23, Seite 165
Eligibility: In the FJR2, we only award the award the 4. Klasse (4th Class) for four years of continued service.
Historical Requirements: The Award Ordnance Nr. 23 established three distinct classes of service awards to recognize military service members who served 4, 12, 18, 25, and/or 40 years.

Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse ohne Schwertern (War Merit Cross 2nd Class without Swords)

Instituted: Reichsgesetzblatt vom 24. Oktober 1939 Nr. 209 Seite 2069
Eligibility: In the FJR 2, this award is exclusively reserved to recognize the merits and extraordinary achievements of members in other realism and virtual reenacment groups. Such an award requires a letter of petition, eyewitness account or in-game footage, and unanimious consent amongst the FJR 2 leadership. We are proud to recognize receipients of this award: SSgt. Lee [29th ID] (ret.), Gfr.Forstner.FJR2.
Historical Requirements: Article 3 states: Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse ohne Schwertern (War Merit Cross 2nd Class without Swords) is awarded "for special services in the performance of other warfare tasks" outside the battlefield.

Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern (War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords)

Instituted: Reichsgesetzblatt vom 24. Oktober 1939 Nr. 209 Seite 2069
Eligibility: In the FJR 2, this award is granted to members in recognition of extraordinary commitments outside of the gameplay. It is particularly reserved for members who commit to all the work in ensuring the functionality of the FJR 2.
Historical Requirements: Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse mit Schwertern (War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords) established by the Reichsgesetzblatt vom 24. Oktober 1939 Nr. 209 Seite 2069 was awarded for "special services in military warfare or special merits while under enemy fire" which did not necessarily warrant an Eisernes Kreuz.

war service devices

"You are the chosen ones of the German Army. To you, battle shall be the ultimate fulfillment!"
Generaloberst Kurt Student
The Fallschirmjäger Ten Commandments

Fallschirmschuetzenabzeichen des Heeres (Army Paratrooper Badge)

Instituted: September 1, 1937
Eligibility: In the FJR2, this badge is worn by the original founding members of this unit: Ackerman.FJR2, Erichsen.FJR2, Pfeffer.FJR2, Weiss.FJR2, Fitz.FJR2.
Historical Requirements: The Fallschirmschuetzenabzeichen des Heeres (Army Paratrooper Badge) was introduced on September 1, 1937, by Commander-in-Chief General Werner von Fritsch , and was awarded to Officers, NCOs, and crews who successfully completed a parachute rifle training course. It was awarded to the original Heer (German Army) volunteers from the Fallschirm-Schuetzen-Kompanie and Brandenburger operators who completed 5 day-light jumps and one night jump. These Heer volunteers were absorbed by its Luftwaffe counterpart in 1938 to form the 7. Flieger Division.

Fallschirmschuetzenabzeichen (Paratrooper Badge)

Instituted: November 5, 1936
Eligibility: In the FJR2, this badge is awarded to graduates of the FJR2 Fallschirmjäger-Springschule - a four week course designed to teach advanced infantry tactics, weapons proficiency, reconassiance, battlefield leadership, and airborne operations based on the LDv. 1601 (Parachuists' Manual published 1940). Those with the Paratrooper Badge have exclusive access to the FJR 2's airborne operations.
Historical Requirements: The Fallschirmschuetzenabzeichen (Paratrooper Badge) The Wehrmacht's Parachutist Badge was first established by order of Hermann Goering on 5 November 1936. It was originally awarded to soldiers of the Luftwaffe after completion of parachute training and the required number of six jumps.

Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen (Infantry Assault Badge)

Instituted: 1 January 1940
Eligibility: In the FJR2, it is awarded to members who survive three consecutive scrimmage matches prior to 2018.
Historical Requirements: The Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen (Infantry Assault Badge) was awarded to members of non-motorized Infantry units that had participated in infantry assaults, with light infantry weapons, on at least three separate days of battle in the front line on or after 1 January 1940. The award fell out of use once the Luftwaffe established the Luftwaffe Ground Assault Badge.

Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen (Infantry Assault Badge)

Instituted: March 31, 1942
Eligibility: In the FJR 2, this award is presented to members who survive three consecutive matches.
Historical Requirements: The Ground Assault Badge of the Luftwaffe (German: Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe) was established to recognize Luftwaffe personnel who participated in three separate ground assaults. This effectively replaced the Infantry Assault Badge which was issued by the Heer.

Sonderabzeichen fuer das Niederkaempfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkaempfer (The Tank Destruction Badge in Silver)

Instituted: Bekanntmachung des Oberkommandos des Heeres vom 9. März 1942
Eligibility: In the FJR 2, this award is for one witnessed or documented kill against an armored vehicle with an infantry weapon.
Historical Requirements: Sonderabzeichen fuer das Niederkaempfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkaempfer (The Tank Destruction Badge in Silver) was awarded to soldiers who disabled or destroyed an enemy tank or armored vehicle with small arms (rifle, rifle grenade, concentrated cargo, etc.).