It is of interest that because it was initially liberally presented damaging its prestige, the War Merit Medal was introduced in 1941. Germany, Wehrmacht. Date Issued: The Military Merit Cross (Milit ä rverdienstlreuz) was first issued on October 22, 1849. 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). By the end of the war the War Merit Cross was issued in four degrees and had a related civil decoration. On the horizontal arms of the cross are sprays of oak leaves. The War Merit Cross 1st Class was a pin-backed medal worn on the pocket of the tunic. A Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross by Deschler $3,750. 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 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. It was constructed from a wide range of materials, from zinc with a bronzed wash to a few very rare bronze pieces. 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. The obverse has pebbled arms, with a central wreathed mobile swastika and crossed swords piercing the centrepiece. This brought the Cross in line with awards of other German States like Prussia with the Iron Cross. War Merit Cross. Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level. View; G24655 Add to Compare. A Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross by Deschler $4,950. The ribbon for the War Merit Medal was similar, but with a narrow vertical red strip in the center of the black field. This brought the Cross in line with awards of other German States like Prus… The War Merit Cross 2nd Class was the award that bore the main burden of replacing the non-combatant ribbon of the Iron Cross. Englisch-Deutsch-Übersetzungen für War Merit Cross im Online-Wörterbuch dict.cc (Deutschwörterbuch). G43465 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. The reverse has a block hinge and a banjo-style pinback. 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). View. View. A total of 6,134,950 were issued. The medal consists of a bronze plated Maltese Cross. Germany, Wehrmacht. At the center of the Cross on the obverse are the letters EA for Duke Ernest Augustus. 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). A Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross Miniature Set, with Case, by Steinhauer & Lück $881. Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=War_Merit_Cross_(Brunswick)&oldid=990165129, Orders, decorations, and medals of the Duchy of Brunswick, Articles needing additional references from April 2017, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 November 2020, at 04:23. 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. A Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords by Deschler, In Case of Issue $8,450. View; G20127 Add to Compare. 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 Cross was established 23 October 1914 by Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick. 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 War Merit Cross (or Kriegsverdienstkreuz in German) was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded to military personnel and civilians during the Second World War. The cross was awarded to all ranks for distinction in war. 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