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H071578 WAR MERIT CROSS 2ND CLASS ISSUE ENVELOPE. (Kriegsverdienstkreuz II mit Schwertern)

BACKGROUND: The War Merit Cross was instituted on October 18TH 1939, in two classes with both classes issued, with and without swords, for award to military personnel and civilians, including females and foreigners, for exemplary service and/or bravery in Germany’s war effort, in a non-combatant role. The addition of swords to the award signified bravery while awards without swords were bestowed for service. Of Note: The War Merit cross series of awards was expanded on August 19TH 1940, to include a Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross for award to personnel who had provided a substantial contribution to the war effort and the War Merit Medal for award to German nationals and foreign civilians who provided exceptional service to the war effort.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 10.5cm x 6cm tan, light weight card stock issue envelope with black typed Latin script to its front. Envelope is missing its top flap.

GRADE *** 1/2                                                         PRICE $25.00

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