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Here we have a Kriegsverdienstmedaille 1939 with its original packet. The War Merit Medal 1939 was awarded to recognize outstanding service by civilians in connection with the war effort (primarily those working in war factories). It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been bronze washed. The round shaped obverse features an embossed 1st class war merit cross without swords on a smooth background with a thin embossed outer border. The reverse reads: “Für Kriegs-Verdienst 1939” (For Outstanding Services in War 1939) on a smooth background with a thin embossed border. To the top is a soldered loop and ring which holds approximately 5 ½ inches of red, white and black rayon ribbon. The award measures approximately 1 inch in diameter. It comes housed in a tan red paper packet. The obverse reads, in black print: “Kriegsverdienstmedaille 1939”, the reverse reads, in black print: “Friedrich Orth Wien 56” within a rectangular thin border. It measures 4 1/8 inches tall by 2 3/8 inches wide. Nice!
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