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The War Merit Cross (German: Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a decoration of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, which could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel. It was reissued in 1957 by the Bundeswehr in a De-Nazified version for veterans. The War Merit Medal (German: Kriegsverdienstmedaille) was instituted on 19 August 1940 to recognize outstanding service by civilians in connection with the war effort. The medal was restricted to civilians and was awarded predominantly to those working in war factories.



WARMERIT #47327 2nd Class War Merit Cross

This cross appears to be a zinc version and remains in nice condition.

The medal is complete with the original ribbon and issue packet.

A decent example of a basic, common medal here.

Excellent. $45.00

WARMERIT #47192 2nd Class War Merit Cross

This cross appears to be a bronze strike and shows wear throughout.

The medal is complete with the original, unissued ribbon.

A decent example of a basic, common medal here.

Excellent Plus. $50.00

WARMERIT #47118 2nd Class War Merit Cross with Swords and Ribbon

This merit cross shows some usage being a bronze strike. The details remains acceptable throughout.

The cross is complete with the original ribbon.

A decent common medal.

Good. $40.00

WARMERIT #47240 War Merit Medal with Ribbon

This medallion is a very fine bronze strike.

The medal is complete with its original ribbon, which shows age and soiling.

A decent, basic, common medal here.

Good. $35.00

WARMERIT #47236 2nd Class War Merit Cross with Swords and Ribbon

This merit cross looks to be a bronze strike. The details remain very nice throughout.

The cross is complete with the original ribbon.

A fine but common medal.

Mint. $60.00

WARMERIT #47160C War Merit Medal

This war merit medal is about the size of a fifty cent piece and it is a good bronze strike.

The obverse depicts an Iron Cross with wreathed swastika in the center and on the reverse it is dated 1939 and in German cites “For War Service”.

A good example of a common, basic, an unremarkable medal here.

Excellent Plus. $25.00

WARMERIT #47149C Cased 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords

The case of this medal is in relatively good condition showing some minor wear to the surfaces. It also has the silver embossed image on the surface. The inside has a padded silk liner. The base is of black felt with the slot containing the medal.

The medal depicts a Maltese Cross with wreathed swastika in the center being pierced by two swords. It shows wear to the original silvering with only traces here and there. It is a zinc based type.

The reverse has a double style barrel hinge with Coke bottle type pin. The catch is soldered directly to the medal. This piece is marked “3”.

Excellent. $250.00

WARMERIT #47150C Cased 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords

The case of this medal is in relatively good condition showing some minor wear to the surfaces. It also has the silver embossed image on the surface. The inside has a padded silk liner. The base is of black felt with the slot containing the medal.

The medal is a zinc type which has lost most of its original silvered finish. It depicts a Maltese Cross with wreathed swastika in the center being pierced by two swords.

The reverse has a double barrel style hinge with Coke bottle type pin. The catch is soldered directly to the medal. This piece is marked “3”.

Excellent. $250.00

WARMERIT #43454 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords

This War Merit Cross is a zinc example. It retains about 50 to 60% of the original silvered highlights.

It is in the form of a Maltese Cross with pebbling inside the legs and a smooth border. A raised wreathed swastika occupies the center of the medal. The whole affair is pierced by crossed swords.

The reverse has a barrel hinge, a "Coke bottle" pin, and a soldered catch.

A good example here, with honest period wear.

Good Plus. $150.00

WARMERIT #39789C 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords

This 1st Class War Merit Cross is the zinc type. Most of the silvered finish has been lost to time, although there are traces remaining on the edges of the legs.

It is in the form of a Maltese Cross with pebbling inside the legs and a smooth border. A raised wreathed swastika occupies the center of the medal. The whole affair is pierced by crossed swords.

The reverse has an integral hinge and a separate, “Coke bottle” pin, and an integral catch.

A very good looking War Merit Cross here.

Excellent Plus. $150.00

WARMERIT #37415 1st Class Bronze War Merit Cross with Swords

This 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords is a fine bronze strike. The Maltese Cross has smooth edges and a finely pebbled center. There is fine detail to the wreath, swastika, and crossed swords.

The reverse has a barrel hinge with a “Coke Bottle” pin. The catch is soldered directly to the medal.

A good medal here, with just traces of wear and usage.

Excellent. $225.00

WARMERIT #37388 Bronze 1st Class War Merit Cross

This 1st Class War Merit Cross is a fine bronze strike. It is in the form of a Maltese Cross with pebbling inside the legs and a smooth border. A wreathed swastika occupies the center of the medal.

This example shows some modest age and wear throughout the surfaces of this medal, but is generally in good condition.

The reverse of the cross is equipped with a barrel style hinge and a “Coke Bottle” pin. The pin is marked “1”. The catch is soldered directly to the medal.

Good Plus. $250.00