After looking at HerrSheisse's impressive Belgian collection and his new addition of his Congo Star, it gave me the idea of starting this thread of "Dirty Medals".
And I don't mean medals that are tarnished or soiled, I mean medals which have a dirty dark sinister history that no amount of polishing will remove.
Now instantly people will post 3rd Reich medals, but a 3rd Reich medal awarded to a cleaner for 5 years service in the civil service is not very dark. E.g. a Nazi Luftwaffe medal I wouldn't consider a fiendish medal where as an SS one would be due to it possibly having a dirty black history.
So I'll start the ball rolling with this one from behind the Iron Curtain in Poland.
Polish "People's Police" medal for "Service and Upholding Public Order".
Like most things when it comes to regimes or governments, if it includes "People" or "Democratic" or "Socialist" in the name then it is most likely the complete opposite.
Quite a sinister medal here as many people were silenced and "dissappeared" during the grey days of the Communist Regime. Issued to a Sargent of the secret police in 1975. Exactly what acts were done to warrant this award?
Established in 1971 to honor the individuals who contributed to maintenance of public order or showed bravery and sacrifice or distinguished themselves in performing the duties to maintain public order. Conferred in three classes: 1st Class - gold, 2nd Class - silver and 3rd Class -bronze. The medal was meant primarily for members of the Civic Militia (Police) and Security Service.
My one is the bronze version, so maybe clubbing a few beatnik long haired hippy students would be enough for this one....
Original award documents and medal pouch.