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

Object | Accession Number: 2017.404.2 a-b

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


    Brief Narrative
    Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914 1918 [The Honor Cross of World War 1914/1918) awarded for serving in combat 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.
    commemoration:  1914-1918
    issue:  1934 July 13-1944
    manufacture: Pforzheim (Germany)
    issue: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wendy Maerker Harris
    front, center, embossed : 1914 / 1918
    reverse, top, stamped : 01
    Designer: Eugene Godet

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Medals, German (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    a. Bronze colored cross pattee medal with a raised edge and a recessed field 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.
    b. Striped grosgain ribbon with 7 stripes: narrow black, white, narrow black, red, narrow black, white, narrow black.
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    a : metal
    b : ribbon

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    Administrative Notes

    The medal was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017 by Wendy Maerker Harris.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 20:14:04
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