War Merit Cross - (Kriegsverdienstkreuz)

 

 

Instituted by Adolf Hitler in 1939, the War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) The award was graded the same as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second Class, War Merit Cross First Class, and Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service in battle above and beyond the call of duty (but not worthy of an Iron Cross which was more a bravery award), and without swords for meritorious service behind the lines which could also be awarded to civilians. Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level. There was also another version below the 2nd class simply called the War Merit Medal (Kriegsverdienstmedaille), set up in 1940 for civilians in order to offset the large number of 2nd class without swords being awarded. It was usually given to those workers in factories who significantly exceeded work quotas.

 

 

knight's cross of the war merit cross 

Award Ceremony October 1943 for recipients of the Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross

 

 

 

War Merit Cross 2nd Class

(Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse)

 

War Merit Cross 2nd Class Without Swords

 

 

Award document for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class Without Swords

Award document for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse)

 

 

Parade Bar with War Merit Cross 2nd Class without Swords

Parade Bar with War Merit Cross 2nd Class

 

 

 

War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

(Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse Mit Schwertern)

 

War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

 

Award document for the war Merit Cross 2nd class with swords

Award document for the War Merit Cross 2nd class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse Mit Schwertern)

 

award ceremony KVK 2nd class with swords

Members of the Luftwaffe receiving the War Merit Cross 2nd class with Swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse Mit Schwertern)

 

Parade bar with War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

Parade bar with War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

 

 

KVK 2nd class on parade bar in wear

Parade bar with War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords in wear

 

 

 

 

War Merit Cross 1st Class

(Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse)

 

War Merit Cross 2nd Class without swords

 

 

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords

(Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse Mit Schwertern)

 

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords

Award document for the War Merit Cross 1st Class

Award document for the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse

 

 

KVK 1st Class - with Swords - in wear

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords in wear

 

 

 

War Merit Medal

(Kriegsverdienstmedaille)

 

War Merit Medal

 

Award document for the War Merit Medal

Award document for the War Merit Medal

 

 

War Merit Medal - Parade Bar

Parade bar with War Merit Medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross

 

A total of 118 awards of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with swords, and 137 awards of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross without swords were awarded

 

 

Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross-without swords

Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross without swords

(Jody Beltram collection)

 

 

 

Knights Cross to the War Merit Cross without Swords in wear

Knight's Cross to the War Merit Cross without Swords in wear

 

 

 

Knights Cross to the War Merit Cross with Swords in wear

Knight's Cross to the War Merit Cross with Swords in wear

 

 

 

 

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