I agree, as for the rest of your post it belongs in a separate thread, please post it in the Lounge, I believe that would be a more suitable venue for it.
You say that I suggest wbfamily buy these items, I do nothing but assist in whatever way I can be helpful, if they need guidance I am happy to help.
Let us take another look at this uniform photo below, the image is poor quality but it appears that there are 2 different ribbons - The War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse mit Schwertern) and the Eastern Front Medal (Ostmedaille). There is a faded thin line that could be the center of the Ost ribbon just to the right of the KVK2 ribbon. It is the same proximal distance that this ribbon bar example demonstrates, which is very strong evidence that it is there. If we look at the ribbons and how they are placed over the left pocket, you can see that the ribbon bar is correctly aligned over the center of the button. The pocket flap is also slightly angled because he is seated in this photo. Also, he is the rank of a Feldwebel at the time that this photo was taken, possibly in the late-Summer or early-Fall of 1942 based on the uniform tunic that he is wearing, am I correct? Later he would be promoted to Oberfeldwebel.
Most likely he was recently awarded both medals then had his photo taken. You can also see how emaciated he is, definitely the veteran look of someone who endured the Winter struggles of 1941/42 and the Spring battles of 1942. With all of this evidence in-hand, you are mad about which medal that was purchased so far?
1. Is it the 4-year medal because he served for 6.5 years?
2. Is it the West Wall Medal that was given to every soldier who was stationed on the border with France for 3 weeks prior to the invasion of May 1940?
3. The General Assault Badge?
4. The Kuban Shield? Is there a reason why he should not have this, he only needed 60 days?
wbfamily already acknowledged that the wound badge was incorrect and needed to be replaced, which is why I assisted to prevent unnecessary errors.
I am relying on facts and I present the case clearly, you are sitting on the sideline saying: "He can't have!"
Show us how he is not eligible, but you cannot, you always go back to "paybook or certificates". We have already established that those documents are necessary for official government recognition, but this is Axis History Forum. I do not believe that there is an issue with trying to help a family learn more about a very important part of their family history, how they choose to recognize it is their choice.