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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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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