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    Quote by Kevin Grootaers View Post
    It was a awarded to recognize outstanding service by civilians in connection with the war effort.
    Thank you Kevin

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    Quote by Erno View Post
    Certainly they were only for civilians such as factory workers and the like, but what about the reason for their institution? Is it true that they were instituted to remedy the loss of prestige suffered by the KVK ohne Schwerter?
    As far as I know, crosses were awarded to military personel.........
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    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    As far as I know, crosses were awarded to military personel.........
    Well, from what I've read, the crosses (with and without swords) were awarded to military personnel (without swords if the meritorious activity was not related to the war effort) and civilians alike. The crosses were given out in great numbers to factory workers and the like, which caused them to lose prestige in the eyes of the soldiers who also received them. That's what I read, but I don't know if it's true.

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    I believe KVK's were military only. Civilians did not
    recieve them, just the medal - which were
    given in greater numbers..........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by GreekMilitaria View Post
    Nice set !
    one question what where these medals awarded for?
    I've seen many in the antique stores but not with their packet
    Quote by Erno View Post
    It is my understanding that the Kriegsverdienstmedaille was created as an alternative to the Kriegsverdienstkreuz, because the latter had lost some of its 'credibility' as a result of being over-awarded. The medal as opposed to the cross was awarded for any meritorious activity in contribution to the war effort, such as factory work. The others may correct me if I'm wrong about any of this, as I can't remember where I read it.
    Quote by Erno View Post
    Certainly they were only for civilians such as factory workers and the like, but what about the reason for their institution? Is it true that they were instituted to remedy the loss of prestige suffered by the KVK ohne Schwerter?
    Quote by Erno View Post
    Well, from what I've read, the crosses (with and without swords) were awarded to military personnel (without swords if the meritorious activity was not related to the war effort) and civilians alike. The crosses were given out in great numbers to factory workers and the like, which caused them to lose prestige in the eyes of the soldiers who also received them. That's what I read, but I don't know if it's true.
    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    I believe KVK's were military only. Civilians did not
    recieve them, just the medal - which were
    given in greater numbers..........
    Take a look here.

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    Thanks Adrian. Erno is correct - KVK's were awarded to civilians.
    I've also refreshed my memory recently with "Orders,
    Decorations and Medals of the Third Reich"
    ( Littlejohn and Dodkin ) My bad.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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