Officer’s Military Service Decoration, Second Class, 1890-1918, Part I

Introduction: With this blog I am going to continue the discussion of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian officer service crosses. In this blog I will commence the discussion of the Officer’s Military Service Decoration, second class (Militärdienstzeichen II Klasse für Offiziere) which was issued from 1890-1918. Date Issued:

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Officer’s Military Service Decoration, First Class, 1890-1918, Part II

Introduction: With this blog I am going to continue the discussion of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian officer service crosses. I will now complete the discussion of the Officer’s Military Service Decoration, first class (Militärdienstzeichen I Klasse für Offiziere ) which was issued from 1890-1918. Variations: There are

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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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