Decorations of Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Luitpold Himmler (07.10.1900-23.05.1945) was one of the few Third Reich leaders who never fought during the Great War. Unlike his elder brother Gebhard Ludwig, Heinrich didn’t see any action, though the Reichsführer-to-be enrolled into the Königlich bayerisches 11.Infanterie-Regiment von der Tann at the end of 1917: the war ended while young Heinrich studied in military institutions of Regensburg, Freising and Bayreuth in the hope of being promoted to the rank of an officer. Himmler’s only term as a soldier, or rather commander came at the closing stage of the WWII when he was appointed commander of the Army Group Vistula (Heeresgruppe Weichsel) formed on January 24, 1945. However, he never impressed anyone and his skills were considered unsatisfactory, so Himmler was removed on March 20. Interesting to know that Himmler wasn’t decorated even with junior classes of the Iron Cross or War Merit Cross, not to mention their higher classes. According to the memoirs of Heinz Guderian, it was Himmler’s great ambition to be awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross while being commander of the Heeresgruppe Weichsel at the end of the WWII. Moreover, Albert Speer stated that the mighty SS Reichsführer was considered for the highest party decoration, Deutscher Orden, but didn’t received it due to his falling from Hitler’s favor in the final months of the war. As a result Himmler was made holder of numerous German and foreign decorations that were issued as a reward for his contribution to the war effort and services to the state.     

German decorations, badges and honorary distinctions

- War Commemorative Medal 1914/1918 of the Kyffhäuser Union (Kriegsdenkmünze 1914/18 des Kyffhäuserbundes) /March 18, 1922/
- German Honorary Commemorative Badge of the World War (Deutsche Ehrendenkmünze des Weltkrieges) /December 20, 1922/
- Nuremberg Party Day Badge of 1929 (Nürnberger Parteiabzeichen 1929) /1929/
- Brunswick Rally Participant Badge of 1931 (Braunschweig 1931 Teilnehmerabzeichen) /1931/
- Decoration in Memory of November 9, 1923, a.k.a. the Blood Order, No.3 (Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 9. November 1923, a.k.a. Blutorden) /June 11, 1934/
- SS Honour Ring (Totenkopfring für SS-Angehörige) 
- Honour Chevron of the Old Guard (Ehrenwinkel der alten Kämpfer)
- SS Civil Badge, No.2 (SS Zivilabzeichen, Nr.2)
- NSDAP Golden Party Badge (Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP) /1934/
- SS Yule Lantern (Julleuchter der SS) /December 16, 1935/
- SA Sports Badge in Bronze (SA-Sportabzeichen in Bronze) /1930s/
- German Sports Badge in Bronze (Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze) /1930s/
- German Olympic Decoration 1st Class (Deutsches Olympia-Ehrenzeichen 1.Klasse) /1936/
- Air Warden Honor Award 1st Class (Luftschutz-Ehrenzeichen 1.Stufe) /1938/
- Commemorative Medal of March 13, 1938 (Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13.März 1938)  /1938/
- Commemorative Medal of October 1, 1938 with the Prague Castle clasp (Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1.Oktober 1938 mit der Spange “Prager Burg”) /1938/
- The Return of Memel Commemorative Medal (Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes) /March 20, 1939/
- Westwall Medal (Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen, a.k.a. Westwall-Medaille) /1939/
- SS Long Service Award, 2nd Class (SS-Dienstauszeichnung 2.Stufe) /1939/
- NSDAP Long Service Award, 3rd Class (Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP in Bronze)
- NSDAP Long Service Award, 2nd Class (Dienstauszeichnung der NSDAP in Silber)
- Hitler Youth Honorary Badge with Oak Leaves (Goldenes HJ Ehrenzeichen mit Eichenlaub)
- Commemorative Golden Medal of the German Overseas Institute (Goldene Plakette des Deutschen Ausland-Instituts) /October 07, 1940/
- Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds (Gemeinsame Flugzeugführer- und Beobachterabzeichen in Gold mit Brillanten, a.k.a. “Luftwaffen-Doppelabzeichen”) /presented to Himmler by H.Göring in July 1942/
- Badge of Honor for Caring for the German Nation, 1st Class (Ehrenzeichen für deutsche Volkspflege I.Stufe)
- Gau Wartheland Traditional Badge, a.k.a. Honorary Badge for Merits in the Ethnic Struggle (Gau Wartheland Traditionsabzeichen, a.k.a. Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste im Volkstumskampf) /October 24, 1943/
- Honorary Badge for a Member of the Imperial Senate of Culture (Ehrenplakette für Mitglieder des Reichs-Kultur-Senats)

Decorations presented to Heinrich Himmler by foreign states

Independent State of Croatia

- Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir, Grand Cross with the Breast badge with oak wreath (Red krune kralja Zvonimira 1.stupnja sa zvijezdom i hrastove grančice) /May 1943/

Republic of Finland

- Order of the Cross of Liberty, Grand Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin suurristi miekkojen kera) /July 30, 1942/
- Order of the White Rose of Finland, Grand Cross (Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun suurristi) /1942/

Kingdom of Italy

- Order of the Crown of Italy, Grand Cross (Gran Croce dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia) /April 20, 1937/
-  Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, Grand Cross (Gran Croce dell’Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro) /October 18, 1938/
- Military Order of Savoy, Grand Cross (Gran Croce dell’Ordine militare di Savoia)

Slovak Republic

- Order of Prince Pribina, Grand Cross (Veľkokríž Radu kniežaťa Pribinu) /March 1943/

Republic of Spain

- Imperial Order of the Yoke and Arrows, Grand Cross (Gran cruz de la Orden Imperial del Yugo y las Flechas) /May 1939/

Kingdom of Yugoslavia

- Order of the Yugoslav Crown, 1st Class (Орден Југословенске круне првог степена)