War Merit Cross / Medal
Kriegverdienstkreuz / Kriegsverdienstmedaille
This award was created by Adolf Hitler in 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars. The award was graded the same as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second Class, War Merit Cross First Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service in battle above and beyond the call of duty (but not worthy of an Iron Cross which was more a bravery award), and without swords for meritorious service behind the lines which could also be awarded to civilians.
Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level.
The lowest grade of the award for war effort contribution was a War Merit Medal (Kriegsverdienstmedaille).
Krause's War Merit collection includes:
War Merit Cross with Swords award certificate for both 1st and 2nd class
War Merit Cross without Swords award certificate for both 1st and 2nd class
War Merit Cross 1st Class carton - with swords
War Merit Cross 2nd Class presentation envelope - with, or without swords
These products would make a great addition to your collection, display, or a present!