Military Long Service Decoration, Type II, I Class Bar for 21 Years (in bronze gilt)
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The Military Long Service Decoration was originally instituted on August 31, 1913, by Duke Bernhard II. The Decoration was conferred upon military personnel who rendered numerous years of irreproachable service. A Cross for 25 Years was introduced for Officers and a series of 3 bars were introduced for Non-Commissioned Officers, enlisted ranks, and members of the Gendarmerie.
The Type I decorations were no longer awarded after Saxe-Meiningen joined the North-German Confederation in 1867. The Type II decorations were introduced in 1866 by Duke Georg and on January 10, 1867, they were conferred upon the Non-Commissioned Officers of the 6. Thüringische Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 95. They were also awarded to the members of the Saxe-Meiningen field police.
Unlike the Type I awards, which were awarded to Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and enlisted ranks for 25, 24, 16, or 8 years of service. the Type II awards were only awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks for 21, 15, or 9 years of service.
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