Cross of Honour of the German Red Cross, Type III, Ladies Cross

SKU: 02.GTR.0701.306.01

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  • Type III, Ladies Cross Obverse
  • Type III, Ladies Cross Obverse
  • Type III, Ladies Cross Reverse


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  • date of institution
    April 28, 1922
  • remarks
    Several British citizens received a German Red Cross award for providing help to the German cruiser "Deutschland" in Gibraltar in 1938: 2 Grand Crosses, 5 I Class Crosses, 9 II Class Crosses, and 21 Ladies Crosses.


The Cross of Honour of the German Red Cross was originally instituted on April 18, 1922, and it was conferred for acts of merit rendered in the service of the Red Cross. The decoration consisted of two grades, I Class Cross and the II Class Cross. The grade was conferred based upon a recipient's level of merit.

On January 30th, 1934, the decoration underwent a design change and the red cross on the obverse of the medal was replaced with a German eagle. The number of grades was increased from two to five to include the Decoration of Honour, the I Class Cross with I Class Breast Star, the Merit Cross, the Honour Cross, and the Ladies Cross. When the decorations were awarded to women, they were worn on a bow ribbon.

On April 6th, 1936, the decoration was revised again and a swastika in a gilt wreath was added to the chest of the German eagle. The number of the grades was increased from five to seven to include the Grand Cross with Grand Cross Breast Star, the I Class Cross, the Merit Cross, the II Class Cross, the Ladies Cross, and the Red Cross Medal.

On July 1, 1939, the Honour Cross of the German Red Cross was replaced by the German Social Welfare Decoration.

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    $400 USD

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    Bronze gilt/Enamelled

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