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Honor Cross of the World War 1914/1918 non-combatant veteran service medal

Object | Accession Number: 2016.453.2

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914 1918 [The Honor Cross of World War 1914/1918) awarded for non-combatant service in the German Army during the First World War. The award was established by President Paul von Hindenburg, on July 13, 1934. This was the first official WWI service medal of the Third Reich, often referred to by an unofficial name, Hindenburg Cross. Hindenburg, Field Marshal of German forces during WWI, appointed Hitler as Chancellor in January 1933, and soon a Nazi dictatorship ruled the country.
    Date
    commemoration:  1914-1918
    issue:  1934 July 13-1944
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ursula Levy
    Markings
    front, center, embossed: 1914 / 1918
    reverse, bottom, embossed: 0.14

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Military Insignia
    Category
    Medals
    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Bronze colored iron cross pattee medal with a raised edge and a recessed field on the front with embossed dates within an oak leaf wreath with a tied ribbon. On the flat reverse is a stamped maker's mark. At the top of the medal is a bail with a metal ring and a ribbon with white, black and red stripes.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.500 inches (6.35 cm) | Width: 2.750 inches (6.985 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, ribbon

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by Ursula Levy.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-20 14:25:23
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