War Merit Medal 1939

An original War Merit Medal 1939 (Kriegsverdienstmedaille), die struck in bronze. The obverse of the medal depicts a War Merit Cross, and the reverse is inscribed “Für Kriegsverdienst 1939” (For Wartime Merit 1939); measuring 32.24 mm in diameter; weighing 13.7 grams; in good condition.


Product ID: 11090


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War Merit Medal

The War Merit Medal (Kriegsverdienstmedaille) was a World War II German military decoration awarded to recognize outstanding service by civilians in relation to the war effort. It was instituted on 19 August 1940 and usually awarded to those workers in factories who significantly exceeded work quotas. The War Merit Medal was awarded only to Germans and non-Germans civilians, to men and women. An estimated 4.9 million medals were awarded by the end of the war in Europe. It was closely related to the War Merit Cross, which could be awarded to military personnel and civilians alike for outstanding service to the war effort.

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