War Merit Cross With Swords 1st Class L/15

Original WW2 German war merit cross with swords 1st Class L/15,  die-struck construction in tombak with silver wash. The reverse of the badge has  the PKZ number ‘L/15’ for Friedrich Orth of Wien stamped on the vertical pin, complete with block hinge and soldered catch. The  silver cross has nice silver frostiung with no damage or repairs in very good condition.

Product ID: 10748


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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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