Original German WWII War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Crossed Swords Pin and Award Document
Original Items: One-of-a-kind. The War Merit Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) was a decoration of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, which could be awarded to military personnel and civilians alike. By the end of the war it was issued in four degrees, and had a related civil decoration. It was created by Adolf Hitler in October 1939 as a successor to the non-combatant Iron Cross which was used in earlier wars. The award was graded the same as the Iron Cross: War Merit Cross Second Class, War Merit Cross First Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross. The award had two variants: with swords given to soldiers for exceptional service "not in direct connection with combat", and without swords for meritorious service to civilians in "furtherance of the war effort". As with the Iron Cross, Recipients had to have the lower grade of the award before getting the next level.
This award document example approximately 8" x 5.5, (20cm x 14cm), mid-weight paper document with black, printed Gothic/Fraktur script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that, DEM VERMESSUNGSINSPEKTOR FREIDRICH STUMPF was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, in Berlin, on the 30th of January 1944. Obergefreiten is a rank roughly corresponding to "Senior Lance Corporal". The document bears an authorizing signature and shows yellowing typical of age.
Included is STUMPF's War Merit Cross 2nd Class, along with the hanging ribbon and crossed swords.
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