Kriegsverdienstkreuz ohne schwerte / War merit cross without swords


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This award was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars (similar medal but with a different ribbon). The award was graded in the same manner as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second ClassWar Merit Cross First Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross.The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service “not in direct connection with combat”, and without swords given to civilians for meritorious service in “furtherance of the war effort”. Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level.

This nice looking version comes complete with its ribbon and lapel/button ribbon!

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