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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 #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 #39739C 1st Class War Merit Cross with Swords

This 1st Class War Merit Cross is in good condition, with fine silvering throughout the Maltese cross. In the center is a wreath with a raised mobile swastika. The cross is pierced by a pair of swords.

This cross is a bit unusual as it has a round, serrated screw back. This variant is known as a “clamshell”.

A very fine, original piece here, rarely seen with the screw back.

Excellent Plus. $450.00

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