Iron Merit Cross Part IV

Introduction: In this the fourth and final blog regarding the Iron Merit Cross I will describe and discuss the attachments, miniatures and certificates associated with this decoration. Date Issued: April 1, 1916 – 1922 Reason Issued: To reward NCOs, Gagisten without rank or class (Military officials who

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Iron Merit Cross Part III

Date Issued: April 1, 1916 – 1922 Reason Issued:  To reward NCOs, Gagisten without rank or class (Military officials who had no place in the hierarchy of military rank), enlisted military personnel and civilians for important services rendered in support of the war effort, life saving and

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Iron Merit Cross Part I

Date Issued: April 1, 1916 – 1922 Reason Issued:  To reward NCOs, Gagisten without rank or class (Military officials who had no place in the hierarchy of military rank), enlisted military personnel and civilians for important services rendered in support of the war effort, life saving and

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Merit Cross, Part IX

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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