German WWII War Merit Cross Second Class without Swords in Packet-This example is maker marked, with the ring stamped 65 for the maker Klein & Quenzer. This badge comes complete with its packet and original piece of tissue, it also includes a short ribbon. In very nice condition.
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.