War Merit Decoration, II Class Medal

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  • II Class Medal (1915-1917) Obverse
  • II Class Medal (1915-1917) Obverse
  • II Class Medal (1915-1917) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    March 7, 1915
  • makers
    A.Werner & Söhne, Berlin

History


The War Merit Decoration was instituted by Duke Bernhard III on March 7, 1915. The Decoration was conferred upon combatants and non-combatants who demonstrated military merit during the First World War. The combatants who received the award included the members of the 2. Thüringische Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 32 and Nr. 95.

The award was established in two grades, a I Class Medal (with Crown) for Officers and a II Class Medal for Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted ranks. The decorations for combatants and non-combatants were conferred on different ribbons.

The medals were originally produced in bronze but near the end of the war, they were produced in zinc due to material shortages.

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Versions

  • Price

    $100+ USD

  • Composition

    Bronze

  • Inscription

    Obv: B Rev: FÜR VERDIENST IM KRIEGE 1914/15

  • Size

    39mm

  • Maker

    A.Werner & Söhne, Berlin

  • Version Remarks

    The award weighs 22 grams.

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  • Price

    $50+ USD

  • Composition

    Zinc

  • Inscription

    Obv: B Rev: FÜR VERDIENST IM KRIEGE 1914/15

  • Size

    38mm

  • Maker

    Chr. Lauer, Nuremberg

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