War Merit Cross

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  • War Merit Cross (for Combatants) Obverse
  • War Merit Cross (for Combatants) Obverse
  • War Merit Cross (for Combatants) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    December 8, 1914
  • makers
    CF Zimmermann, Pforzheim
  • remarks
    There may be examples of the cross composed of Silver gilt and Zinc gilt. The Cross (for Non-Combatants) is much rarer than the Cross (for Combatants).

History


The Cross was established by Prince Leopold IV and was conferred upon military personnel, who distinguished themselves in the First World War by demonstrating valour and merit on the battlefield. The Cross was also conferrable upon civilians, who rendered meritorious service to the Germany Army. Such tasks included, caring for the sick and wounded, aiding the troops, and performing official or private tasks to benefit the war effort.

The Cross (for Combatants) and the Cross (for Non-Combatants) were worn on different ribbons.

Women were eligible to receive the Award if they performed particularly meritorious services or acts. In this case, the Cross would be worn on a bow ribbon.

The Decoration could be awarded to a wide range of Military personnel including, Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Regimental Staff, Soldiers, and enlisted men.

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Versions

  • Price

    $65+ USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: L 1914 Rev: FÜR AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE

  • Size

    41x41mm

  • Maker

    C. F. Zimmermann, Pforzheim

  • Version Remarks

    18-24 grams

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  • Price

    $650+ USD

  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: L 1914 Rev: FÜR AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE

  • Size

    41x41mm

  • Maker

    C. F. Zimmermann, Pforzheim

  • Version Remarks

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  • Composition

    Bronze gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: L 1914

  • Size

    40.5x40.5mm

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