WWII German Army Marksmanship Lanyard -
Like many other armies, the German armed forces spent a considerable amount of time training how to
improve the accuracy of firing their small arms. An award was developed to recognize individuals
who excelled in shooting.
The Marksmanship lanyard was instituted on June 29th of 1936. It was an executive order that was
signed by Hitler.
The shooting lanyard award was attached to the uniform by placing one of the loops on the button\
of the shoulder board and the other endon the button of the jacket.
Marksmanship Lanyard design
The design of the shooting award consisted of a silver lanyard with threaded thich strings. One end has
a loop made of a single strand of string while the other end caps in an oval shape holding a shield. This
section also has a loop on the end. The back of the lanyard is lined with a silver silk-like material.
This gives it a very elegant touch.
One end (with the shield) of the lanyard is secured to one of the eppaulets. The other end attaches
to one of the jacket
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badges in the collector's market is illustrated.
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By the Numbers
It is hard to determine the exact number of Marksmanship lanyards that were produced. However, thanks to the record
keeping maintained by the Wehrmacht, it is possible to find how many shields were actually issued.
There were over 400,000 Marksmanship lanyards issued during the war.
The Marksmanship lanyards was issued along with an award document. Not all documents were identical. variations can
be found from unit to unit. A few things that all documents would have in common are the signature of the
officer who awarded the shield and the state seal.
Collecting Third Reich Badges
Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe
bringing back military souvenirs. German soldiers wore many of their awards on their uniforms when they went to
battle. Once the soldier was killed or captured, the American soldiers would take the awards as war trophies.
Eventually all these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.
In trying to determine if you should collect Marksmanship lanyards there are certain factors that should be
The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the Marksmanship lanyards.
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.