The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914/1918), commonly, but incorrectly, known as the Hindenburg Cross.

To commemorate the distinguished deeds of the German people during WWI, the Reichspräsident, Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, established through the order of 13th July 1934, the "Honour Cross for Participants in the World War 1914/1918" and for the Next-Of-Kin. This was Germany's first official service medal for soldiers of Imperial Germany who participated in World War I. It was also the first decoration created by the Third Reich.

 

The Honour Cross was awarded in three forms

 

For combatants ((Frontkämpferkreuz) - number awarded = 6,202,883

For non-combatants (Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer) - number awarded = 1,120,449

For widows (Ehrenkreuz für Witwen) - number awarded = 345,132

For parents (Ehrenkreuz für Eltern) - number awarded = 372,950

Total 8,041,414  

 

For combatants (Frontkämpferkreuz)

 

Honour Crocc - Combatants

 

Award document for combatant

Award document for combatant

 

Hindenburg Cross for combatants in wear

Parade bar showing the cross for combatants

 

 

 

For non-combatants (Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer)

 

Honour Cross - non-combatants

 

Award document for non-combatant

Award document for non-combatant

 

Hindenburg non-combatant in wear

non-combatant cross in wear

 

 

For Next of Kin (Ehrenkreuz für Witwen/Ehrenkreuz für Eltern)

 

Award for the Next of Kin

Award document for Next of Kin

Award documents for next of Kin: left - Widows. right - Parents

 

 

Parade bar

Luftwaffe parade bar showing the The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 with corresponding ribbon bar

 

 

 

Lapel Pins

Lapel pins for civilian attire

 

 

 

Lapel buttonhole for civilian attire

Lapel buttonhole group for civilian attire with combatant Honour Cross mini

 

 

 

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