Military Merit Cross

SKU: 02.BRU.0112.101.01

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  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    December 11, 1879
  • makers
    L. Lemcke, Berlin

History


The Cross was established by Duke Wilhelm of Brunswick and was conferred upon Non Commissioned Officers and enlisted men who demonstrated bravery and valour.

There is no evidence to suggest that the Cross (1879) was ever awarded.

In 1914, Duke Ernst August re-established and remodelled the Cross. Only a few crosses were produced and once again, there is limited evidence to suggest that these Crosses were ever awarded.

In 1918, the Cross was divided into two classes, I Class (with a pinback) and II Class. The Award was conferred upon individuals who demonstrated bravery under fire. Originally, only natives of Brunswick who had received the Prussian Iron Cross or an equivalent Bavarian decoration were eligible to receive the Cross. Eventually, soldiers who served in Brunswick’s units, but were not natives of Brunswick, became eligible to receive the award.

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Versions

  • Price

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  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

    Obv: KRIEGS VERDIENST Rev: W

  • Size

    37mm

  • Maker

    L. Lemcke, Berlin

  • Version Remarks

    Only one example of the Military Merit Cross was made from gold. It was never awarded.

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  • Price

    $2100 USD

  • Composition

    Silver gilt

  • Inscription

    Obv: KRIEGS VERDIENST Rev: EA

  • Size

    36mm

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