War Merit Cross First Class with Swords 1st Class

Original WW2 German War Merit Cross First 1st, die-struck construction in zinc with silver wash.  The reverse of the badge has a block hinge and vertical pin and catch, measuring 47.3 mm (h) x 47.3 mm (w).   The majority of the silver wash is 80% with no damage or repairs in good condition.

 

Product ID: 9264

168.66

Description

WAR MERIT CROSS WITH SWORDS 1st CLASS

The War Merit Cross with Swords 1st Class award was Instituted to replace the non-combatant version of the Iron Cross,

The decoration was awarded to military personnel for bravery not necessarily in the face of the enemy or for exceptional service in battle.  Initially, the Cross consisted of only two classes, 1st, and 2nd, but as the needs arose the War Merit Medal and War Merit Cross were introduced.

All grades except for the War Merit Medal include an eight-pointed Maltese cross, with a pair of military-style swords to denote the combatant category, which has no swords but was otherwise identical.

The War Merit Cross 1st Class, with Swords, was awarded to military troops whose acts of courage were above the call of duty and did not meet the criteria of the Iron Cross.  These acts of bravery were generally not under combat operations and were eligible for all military arms without the distinction of rank.

 

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