Karl Troops Cross

Introduction: Emperor and King Karl introduced the Karl Troop Cross (Karl Truppenkreuz) as an award for combatant service. It was to be available to all ranks. It was patterned after the Army Cross issued by Emperor Franz II during the Napoleonic war. It was one of the

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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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