Here we have a 2nd Class War Merit Cross, which was given to civilians who performed meritorious service behind the lines. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc-alloy base that has been bronze washed. It depicts a pebbled Maltese style cross with a wreathed swastika / “1939” (reverse) to the center. To the top is a soldered on loop and a ring which holds approximately 9 1/2 inches of original black, white and red rayon ribbon. The award measures approximately 1 7/8 inches wide and tall (without the loop). It shows calcification wear yet retains a nice bronze finish and has a long ribbon!
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