German Honour Cross of the World War 1914-1918 (1)
German Honour Cross of the World War 1914-1918
The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914/1918) was created by Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg (when President of the German Republic) in 1934. The medal is often called the Hindenburg Cross and it commemorates military service during the First World War.
It was Germany’s first official service medal for soldiers who had taken part in the war. The Honour Cross was made of bronze awarded in three styles. With swords, for combat veterans, without swords for non-combatants and without swords with a different ribbon for surviving widows and parents of fallen participants in the war.
The medal displays a laurel wreath encircling a medallion on the obverse, with the dates “1914 1918”, crossed swords between the arms for combatant’s and without swords for non-combatants. The reverse side is plain featuring only a maker’s mark.