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Die Deutsche Ehrendenkmünze des Weltkrieges

Article about: For lack of a designated Weimar-era sub-forum, I felt it most appropriate to post this thread in the “Imperial Germany and Austro-Hungary” one. Here is my latest acquisition: A nice example

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    Here is another three-place medal bar with the 1914 EK2, the DEdW (in a bronze-toned variant) and the Kyffhäuserbund's 1914/18 medal (see post # 11 for another example of this combination).

    The piece shows its age with its wear, patina and moth damage to the backing material.


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    Obverse view with the medals flipped over:

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    Reverse view:

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    Thank you for the very informative thread about these you have created! I found it while researching one I bought this past weekend at my favorite HUGE East Texas indoor/outdoor flea market. As you can see it's on a parade mounting, but oddly paired with the "Hindenberg" medal which should have replaced it. (Any thoughts on just how or why that may have happened?) After reading your above post I also wonder how it was that the 1934 medal is mit schwerte for front-line troops; whereas the other lacks the appendage indicating that?

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    Quote by James N View Post
    you can see it's on a parade mounting, but oddly paired with the "Hindenberg" medal which should have replaced it. (Any thoughts on just how or why that may have happened?) After reading your above post I also wonder how it was that the 1934 medal is mit schwerte for front-line troops; whereas the other lacks the appendage indicating that?
    Generally speaking, the pairing of the 1914/18 Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges with one of the unofficial Weimar-era decorations for WW I service is not a big issue.

    Officially, all of these decorations were prohibited and strictly banned from further wear in 1934, but some veterans ignored this and continued to wear them, even together with the new Ehrenkreuz. (This is confirmed by authentic medal/ribbon bars and period photographs.)

    Having said that, I'm afraid that this particular bar has been messed with:

    The Ehrendenkmünze simply does not belong there, as the ribbon is actually that of the Prussian Rote-Kreuz-Medaille 2nd and 3rd Class.

    (For info on that medal, see my other thread: The Prussian Rote-Kreuz-Medaille of 1898 )

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    I had noticed the ribbon wasn't the same as in photos I've seen online showing the medal, including yours, and wondered about it. Somehow that seems to me even more bizarre, seeing as how the Rote-Kreuz goes even less with the "military" version of the Ehrenkreuz!? Thank you for the information - I'm happy with it overall since it still looks nice on my mantel alongside my pickelhaube!

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    Quote by James N View Post
    Somehow that seems to me even more bizarre, seeing as how the Rote-Kreuz goes even less with the "military" version of the Ehrenkreuz!?
    Nothing bizarre there, really.

    If the recipient was a Red Cross medic working in a war zone, he would have got the non-combatants' cross. (In which case both medals were incorrectly replaced.)

    However, we don't know whether this really applied to this recipient:

    As the Red Cross medal had been around since 1898, he could have been decorated with it before being called up for active military service in the Great War. He could also have served in the military, been discharged on medical grounds and gone on to do Red Cross work.

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    Interesting thread about this common, but nice medal. My latest acquisition - Deutsche Ehrendenkmünze des Weltkrieges without Kampfabzeichen in very fine condition. Material of medal seems like silver to me.

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    I have just added another specimen to the family; this one is mounted in the triangular Austrian style. Here it is:

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    Just saw this thread, don't know why I hadn't noticed before.

    I have two examples of this medal.

    The photograph of the soldier is the holder of the example with the wreath and sword. I also have his EK1 and EK2. He was a Prussian doctor however, I have been unable to find out much more about him.

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    Well, it didn't take long for the next addition to join its brothers:

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    I have now added one of the more elaborate large-size award certificates to my collection.

    The recipient was Leutnant der Landwehr außer Dienst (i.e. a former 2nd Lt. of the secondary reserves) Max Beier of Berlin-Pankow. The document measures 24.5 x 34.5 cm.


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    Beier's Ehrenlegion membership entry on the reverse:

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