Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level. A Rare Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross in Gold, by Deschler & Sohn $7,801. The War Merit Cross with Swords recognized those military men whose acts of courage were above the call of duty, yet did not meet the criteria for the Iron Cross. The cross was awarded on a blue ribbon with yellow stripes for combatants and on a yellow ribbon with blue stripes for non-combatants. The medal consists of a bronze plated Maltese Cross. War Merit Cross. The Cross was established 23 October 1914 by Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick. The Brunswick War Merit Cross German: Braunschweigisches Kriegsverdienstkreuz) also known as the Ernst-Augustkreuz, was a military decoration of the Duchy of Brunswick. The ribbon of the War Merit Cross was in red-white-black-white-red (the colors being reversed from the ribbon of the World War II version of the Iron Cross). The Brunswick War Merit Cross is a bronze cross pattée. A Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords by Deschler, In Case of Issue $8,450. A Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross by Deschler $3,750. As the war progressed, the quality of the materials decreased, and as a result late war crosses lose their bronze wash with the passing of time, yielding a gray appearance. The War Merit Cross (German: Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a state decoration of Germany during World War II.By the end of the conflict it was issued in four degrees and had an equivalent civil award.A "de-Nazified" version of the War Merit Cross was reissued in 1957 by the Bundeswehr for its veterans. The War Merit Cross 2nd Class was the award that bore the main burden of replacing the non-combatant ribbon of the Iron Cross. The War Merit Cross (German: Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a decoration of Germany during the Second World War, which could be awarded to military personnel and civilians alike.By the end of the war it was issued in four degrees; and had a related civil decoration.It was reissued in 1957 by the Bundeswehr in a de-Nazified version for veterans. On the horizontal arms of the cross are sprays of oak leaves. The ribbon of the War Merit Cross 2nd Class could be worn like the ribbon of the Iron Cross 2nd Class (through the third buttonhole). The obverse has pebbled arms, with a central wreathed mobile swastika and crossed swords piercing the centrepiece. NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. On January 12, 1860 the decoration was modified with the addition of a war decoration. 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The War Merit Cross 1st Class was a pin-backed medal worn on the pocket of the tunic. View; G20127 Add to Compare. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service “not in direct connection with combat”, and without swords given to civilians for meritorious service in “furtherance of the war effort”. A Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross by Deschler $4,950. Obverse: Military Merit Cross Third Class with war decoration (September 23, 1914-1918): A clawed cross the arms of which are slightly curved and taper towards the center medallion. This brought the Cross in line with awards of other German States like Prussia with the Iron Cross. The War Merit Cross, created and instituted prior to the war, formed an integral part of the awards structure of the Third Reich by filling voids which would otherwise exist … The War Merit Cross 1st Class was a pin-backed medal worn on the pocket of the tunic (like the Iron Cross 1st Class). A Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross Miniature Set, with Case, by Steinhauer & Lück $881. It was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross … Kriegsverdienstkreuz was instituted in one class only on May 23, 1915 by the last Prince Reuss Younger Line, His Serene Highness Heinrich XXVII (Heinrich XXVII Fürst Reuß jüngere Linie, 10.11.1858-21.11.1928). On the reverse is the inscription in three lines Für, Verdienst im, Kriege (For Merit in War) on the top, horizontal and lower arms of the cross, respectively. The ribbon of the War Merit Cross 2nd Class could be worn like the ribbon of the Iron Cross 2nd Class (through the second buttonhole). View. View. The War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords was presented to Military Personnel for bravery not necessarily in the face of the enemy, and in reality there was a gray area in which individuals received the medal when perhaps the non-combatant grade would have been appropriate. By the end of the war the War Merit Cross was issued in four degrees and had a related civil decoration. Sun, May 07, 2017, 6:59 PM. This brought the Cross in line with awards of other German States like Prus… The top arm of the cross bears the Brunswick crown, with the date 1914 on the lower arm of the cross. View; G21727 Add to Compare. 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The War Merit Cross measures 48.51 mm (w) x 48.48 mm (h) and weighs 17.6 grams. On 20 March 1918, a first class of the Cross was created in pinback form, with the existing Cross becoming the second class. The cross was awarded to all ranks for distinction in war. Then on September 23, 1914 it was once again modified when it was converted from a … Date Issued: The Military Merit Cross (Milit ä rverdienstlreuz) was first issued on October 22, 1849. View; G24655 Add to Compare. G43465 Add to Compare. These acts could either be in the form of bravery not under direct enemy fire or the planning/leading of combat operations. It was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars. The upper arm has a flat stylizes wedge shaped eye with a grooved suspension ring passing through it. The reverse has a block hinge and a banjo-style pinback. G39989 Add to Compare. On 20 March 1918, a first class of the Cross was created in pinback form, with the existing Cross becoming the second class. Englisch-Deutsch-Übersetzungen für War Merit Cross im Online-Wörterbuch dict.cc (Deutschwörterbuch). The Cross was established 23 October 1914 by Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick. The ribbon for the War Merit Medal was similar, but with a narrow vertical red strip in the center of the black field. Germany, Wehrmacht. The Brunswick War Merit Cross German: Braunschweigisches Kriegsverdienstkreuz)[1] also known as the Ernst-Augustkreuz, was a military decoration of the Duchy of Brunswick. The War Merit Cross (or Kriegsverdienstkreuz in German) was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded to military personnel and civilians during the Second World War. A total of 6,134,950 were issued. It is of interest that because it was initially liberally presented damaging its prestige, the War Merit Medal was introduced in 1941. 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