Date Instituted



Awarded to Indian volunteers fighting with the Germans.

Number Awarded



This was not a German award, it was awarded by the Free India Movement, Azad Hind, led by Subhas Chandra Bose who supported both the German (Legion Freies Indien) and Japanese forces.

It was awarded in these grades:
Azad Hind "Martyr of the Fatherland" Medal in Bronze ("Märtyrer vom Vaterland" / "Shahid-e-Bharat")
Azad Hind "Martyr of the Fatherland" Medal in Silver
Azad Hind "Martyr of the Fatherland" Medal in Gold
Azad Hind "Hero of India" Second Class Star ("Held von Indien" / "Vir-e-Hind")
Azad Hind "Leader in Battle" First Class Star ("Führer des Schlacht" / "Sardar-e-Jang")



Azad Hind "Tiger of India" Grand Star ("Tiger von Indien" / "Sher-e-Hind")
(all existed with and without swords)

Photo courtesy of Rusfront


Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Military awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich