Military Merit Medal, Type II, in Silver
Image courtesy of L. Schneider, "Das Militär-Ehrenzeichen"
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The Military Merit Medal was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm II. It was conferred upon non-commissioned officers and soldiers who had rendered distinguished service within campaigns.
The foundation of the medal was closely tied to the French Revolution and the war against Napoleon, as in both events the role of the common soldier became more important.
The medal could be stripped from a recipient for cowardice, desertion, or theft.
The Silver Medal was awarded to common soldiers.
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