War Merit Cross, I Class

SKU: 02.BRU.0113.101.01

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  • War Merit Cross, I Class Obverse
  • War Merit Cross, I Class Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    Germany
  • date of institution
    October 23, 1914

History


The Cross was established by Duke Ernst August on October 1914, and was conferred upon military personnel, regardless of rank, who distinguished themselves in battle.

To be eligible for the I Class an individual had to repeatedly distinguish themselves in war and had to have already received the II Class.

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.

In November 1915, the War Merit Cross for Non-Combatants was introduced. It was conferred on a ribbon with colouring that differed from that of the ribbon for frontline combat.

Originally the decoration consisted of only one grade, but in 1918, it was extended to include a I Class Cross (with a pinback) and a II Class Cross.

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  • Price

    $150 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze

  • Inscription

    Obv: EA 1914

  • Size

    40.5x40.5mm

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