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Ecclesiastic Merit Cross, 1859-1918, Part I

Introduction: The Ecclesiastic Merit Cross was issued from 1801 to the end of the empire in 1918.  They were issued to recognize distinguished wartime service by military Field Chaplains which involved personal sacrifice and or bravery while ministering to the troops under fire or at the front.

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Ecclesiastic Merit Cross, Part I, 1801-1880

Introduction: The Ecclesiastic Merit Cross was issued from 1801 to the end of the empire in 1918.  They were issued to recognize distinguished wartime service by Military Field Chaplains which involved personal sacrifice and or bravery while ministering to the troops under fire or at the front.

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Commemoration Medal for Volunteers of the Provence of Limburg

Introduction: The commemoration medals for the volunteers of the province of Limburg were issued between 1790 and 1793 to honor those volunteers from the Austrian Netherlands/Belgium province of Limburg who responded to the call to arms and who performed acts of heroism or who provided exceptionally meritorious

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Officer Bravery Medal 1917-1922 Part II

Introduction: In this blog I am going to conclude a discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) as issued to officers in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II

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Lieutenant-General Hermann Ritter von Speck

  Hermann Ritter von Speck was born on August 8, 1888 in München.  During the First World War he fought in various battles on the Western Front.   On September 7, 1914 at Gellenoncourt:   “Leutnant Speck, der Abteilungsadjutant der II./3. b. Feldartillerieregiments hatte bei einem Erkundungsritt festgstellt, daß

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Officer Bravery Medal 1917-1922 Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am going to commence a discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) as issued to officers in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse. In the next blog I publish I will complete my discussion of this decoration. The Bravery

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A rare Star

MVO Grand Cross Star

The grand cross star of the Württemberg Military Merit Order is one of the rarest among the bravery decorations of the former German states. Initially crafted by court jeweler F. Steinam in Stuttgard the Grand Cross of this esteemed order was only awarded 71 times over its

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Medal for the Founding of the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy

Introduction: In 1785 Joseph II established the Emperor Joseph Medical Academy in Vienna. The academy was founded as a focal point for the training of military physicians and surgeons. On this occasion it was deemed appropriate to create a medal to commemorate the creation of this important

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Karl Bravery Medal 1917-1922, Part II

Introduction: In this blog I am continuing the discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse which I commenced in part I of this discussion. Thus this is part II of a two part discussion

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Karl Bravery Medal 1917-1922, Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am commencing a discussion of the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1917 with the image of Emperor Karl on the obverse. In the next blog I publish I will complete my discussion of this decoration. Thus this is part I

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