Merit Cross, Part VII, the Cases for the Gold Merit Cross, Silver Merit Cross with Crown and the Silver Merit Cross

Introduction: When Emperor Franz Joseph assumed the throne in Austria one of his earliest actions was to establish the merit crosses to be awarded to those who demonstrated proven devotion to the fatherland, many years of valuable service, or other significant services in support of the public

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A Subtle Difference

Prussia Military Merit Cross Center

Differentiating orders, medals and decorations between their different classes and types is mostly easy. Different grades are distinguished by different sizes, more or less valuable materials or completely different designs. The following two crosses may be one of the few exceptions. Follow along and see for yourself:

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The Military Max Joseph Order and the Siegestor

Visitors to Munich may have the opportunity to pass by the Siegestor (Victory Arch) where Ludwigstraße meets Leopoldstraße during a journey through the city: Overhead view of the Siegestor.  What is not evident when viewing the Siegestor however is the connection of the Siegestor to the Military Max Joseph Order. The Siegestor

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Merit Cross, Part I

Introduction: When Emperor Franz Joseph assumed the throne in Austria one of his earliest actions was to establish the merit cross (Verdienstkreuz) to be awarded to those who demonstrated proven devotion to the fatherland, many years of valuable service, or other significant services in support of the

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Die Prägevarianten der königlich-bayerischen Militär-Verdienst-Medaille im Vergleich

  Walter Kinast     Bei der bayerischen Militär-Verdienst-Medaille (im Volksmund immer schon als Tapferkeitsmedaille bezeichnet, erst durch Verordnung vom 2. März 1918 erhielt sie, wenn auch sehr spät, offiziell diese Bezeichnung) gibt es immer noch viele unbeantwortete Fragen. Bei den Prägevarianten soll hier versucht werden, etwas

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