German WWII War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords-This is a zinc example that has a partial finish with moderate wear. The pin, which retains the finish, works as intended. This is an unmarked example in bronze, but the majority of the finish is missing. It is nicely toned. Sound example.
History: The War Merit Cross was instituted in October 1939, in two classes with both classes issued, with and without swords. These were awarded to military personnel and civilians, including females and foreigners, for exemplary service and/or bravery in Germany’s war effort, in a non-combatant role. The addition of swords to the award signified bravery while awards without swords were bestowed for service.