H051781 WAR MERIT CROSS 2ND CLASS 1939, WITH SWORDS. (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: Die struck bronze bravery award is in the form of a Maltese style cross with a circular centerpiece with an embossed, canted, swastika encircled by a nicely detailed oak-leaf wreath to the obverse. The reverse centerpiece has the embossed date,"1939", which is also encompassed by a nicely detailed oak-leaf wreath. The background field of both the obverse and reverse centerpieces is smooth while the arms of the cross have a pebbled background field with raised, smooth, outer edges. The swords, indicating bravery, emanate upward between the arms of the cross. The ribbon suspension ring and medal loop are both intact. Nice parade mount ribbon with original pinback.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $89.00

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