10-03-2013, 05:08 PM
Another, rather nice, recent acquisition is this four-place medal bar, which unites the Frontkämpfer cross with its equivalent medals from Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria (see post # 126 for a little more info on those).
It came with the matching ribbon bar, mounted in the south-German style:
Just for additional information, here is a ribbon bar showing the ribbons for the Austrian, Hungarian and Bulgarian non-combatants' medals:
Let me close for today with a website recommendation. Quite by chance, I recently stumbled upon a site about the 1914/18 Ehrenkreuz that I can heartily recommend to anybody with an interest in this decoration. You will find countless photographs of all three categories of the cross in all kinds of variations, sizes and mounting styles, as well as associated material such as documents and period photographs of the cross in wear etc. (It is German-language, but easy to navigate):
Startseite - weltkriegs-ehrenkreuz
10-03-2013 05:08 PM
10-04-2013, 04:53 PM
Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377
11-23-2013, 01:28 PM
11-23-2013, 06:03 PM
But very attractive.
01-10-2014, 05:48 PM
01-13-2014, 02:54 PM
HPL I have just spent the last 40 minutes or so going through this thread.. & all I can say is thank you very much what an excellent thread..Some of these medals I have never heard of so it is nice to see something different.. Cheers Terry.
03-07-2014, 08:03 PM
Here are two more small additions. Both are civilian lapel miniatures.
First, a three-place miniature bow with metal pendants worn by a non-combatant/rear area type who was awarded the Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer.
On the left is the Prussian Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfsdienst [Merit Cross for Work in Support of the War Effort], instituted in 1916 and awarded for meritorious contributions to the war effort rendered in the home area.
Center is its Bavarian equivalent, the König-Ludwig-Kreuz [Kind Ludwig Cross], also instituted in 1916 and awarded for meritorious wartime work in the interest of the Bavarian Army or state rendered in the homeland.
Detail view. The ribbons show their age, especially the one for the König-Ludwig-Kreuz. It is frayed and the blue portions on the exposed part have faded to nearly-white:
Scale reference shot:
Here we have a civilian stickpin miniature for a WW1 veteran who has also rendered services in WW2. He went on to proudly wear his decorations in the post-war era: Notice that this is a "1957" piece as instantly recognizable by the KVKII with the "1939" centerpiece instead of a Swastika one. (Technically, this is the only "1957"-version here, as the design of the others is unchanged.)
The decorations are, from left to right, the 1914 EKII, the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, the KVKII with Swords and, once more, the Hungarian and Bulgarian WWI commemorative medals.
Scale reference shot. The details are really nice considering the piece's tiny size:
03-07-2014, 09:38 PM
03-26-2014, 05:34 AM
Here is my one and only ww1 german medal set, back has functioning pin and the medals are hung from hooks. The ribbons are faded a bit.
05-03-2014, 03:41 PM