German, Prussia. Merit Cross for War Aid (Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe)


GERMANY, Prussia. Merit Cross for War Aid (PREUSSEN. Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe) Blackened ‘Kriegsmetall’ alloy Maltese cross with eyelet and loop for ribbon suspension between the upper arms; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm II; the reverse with a circular central medallion inscribed ‘FÜR KRIEGS-HILFSDIENST’ (for War Aid Merit) above an oak wreath; no ribbon. The Cross was instituted by King Wilhelm II on 5 December 1916 to be awarded as a recognition of outstanding patriotic war aid service, regardless of rank or status. It was suppressed in 1924.


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GERMANY, Prussia. Merit Cross for War Aid (PREUSSEN. Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe)

Blackened ‘Kriegsmetall’ alloy Maltese cross with eyelet and loop for ribbon suspension between the upper arms; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm II; the reverse with a circular central medallion inscribed ‘FÜR KRIEGS-HILFSDIENST’ (for War Aid Merit) above an oak wreath; no ribbon.

The Cross was instituted by King Wilhelm II on 5 December 1916 to be awarded as a recognition of outstanding patriotic war aid service, regardless of rank or status.

It was suppressed in 1924.