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This award was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars (similar medal but with a different ribbon). The award was graded in the same manner as the Iron Cross. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service "not in direct connection with combat", and without swords given to civilians for meritorious service in "furtherance of the war effort". 


An original, late war, German War Merit Cross w/o Swords here. Suspension ring is unmarked and ribbon is missing. An affordable example. 

WWII German War Merit Cross, 2nd Class w/o Swords (Unmarked)

SKU: CBK0294

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