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Merit Cross for War Aid Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe

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Merit Cross for War Aid Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe

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Merit Cross for War Aid
Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe) was a war decoration of Prussia awarded during World War I. Instituted 5 December 1916, the cross was awarded for patriotic war aid service, without regard to status or rank.

The Merit Cross for War Aid is in the shape of a Maltese cross, typically found made of blackened Kriegsmetall alloy. The obverse of the cross bears a circular central medallion with the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm II. On the reverse the central medallion is inscribed FÜR KRIEGS-HILFSDIENST (For War Aid Merit) above an oak wreath. To the upper arm is attached a loop for suspension from its ribbon.

 

This original award is in a good used condition with most of its finish remaining and mounted on its original but worn ribbon!

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