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The 1914/1918 Ehrenkreuz

Article about: by danhashman There are those little crossed swords on the ribbon. Is there something to tell about that? I often see Ehrenkreuze whose ribbons have no little swords attached to it, i guess

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    Here are a couple of my bars with what i term 'unusual' EhrenKreuz

    A Prussian General Hounor Medal with Next of Kin EhrenKreuz



    Braunschweig enlisted bar with Bronce EhrenKreuz



    This Bavarian bar has a handmade addition for the EhrenKreuz,and like many non serving Bavarians who obtained the Ehrenkreuz, the wearer did not place the EK as the first decoration on the bar



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    Very nice bars
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

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    Thanks for sharing those items. I especially like the Bavarian medal bar. The rather crude "homemade" add-on may not be brilliant craftsmanship, but it gives the piece real character.

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    Thanks for sharing those items. I especially like the Bavarian medal bar. The rather crude "homemade" add-on may not be brilliant craftsmanship, but it gives the piece real character.
    Thanks for the comment,I love the homemade addition as well

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    Quote by don_kihotis7 View Post
    Very nice bars
    Thank you

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    Time for another little update to include various purchases made since my last post.

    First, a ribbon bar of a proud WW1-veteran who has also made some (non-combatant) contribution to the war effort in WW2:

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    The ribbons are, from left to right, the KVK2 (without swords), the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer and the Hungarian and the Bulgarian WW1 commemorative medals.


    Next a ribbon roll (Bandrolle) with the KVK2 mit Schwertern and the Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer:

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    (On the back are remnats of glue and some kind of red material to which the item was apparently once glued for display purposes.)


    And, finally, three ribbon bows (Bandschleifen):

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    The decorations they represent are:
    • Top left: KVK2, the 1914/18 Ehrenkreuz and the Ostmedaille. Due to the nature of this type of mounting, we cannot really tell whether the swords device identifies the Frontkämpfer class of the Ehrenkreuz, the swords class of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz or both.
    • Top right: 1914 EK2, Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer, some Prussian or Third Reich-era long service award (a number of which shared this blue ribbon) and the Olympia-Ehrenzeichen or Olympia-Erinnerungsmedaille. (These, too, shared the same ribbon. On a ribbon bar, the Ehrenzeichen was distinguished by an eagle device.)
    • Bottom: Ehrenkreuz für Kriegsteilnehmer and the Prussian Rote-Kreuz-Medaille III. Klasse

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    Andreas nice additions.
    How are you displaying your awards? Do you frame them?
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

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    Quote by don_kihotis7 View Post
    How are you displaying your awards? Do you frame them?
    No; they are actually not so much displayed as tucked away in a cabinet.

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    No; they are actually not so much displayed as tucked away in a cabinet.
    Is that by request from a wife pehaps ?

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    Is that by request from a wife pehaps ?
    No, actually, more for protection against sunlight. Although, truth be told... should I ever attempt to frame them and hang them on the dining room wall instead of the mediterranean scenes and ceramic ornament thingies, I am certain I would meet with some very serious resistance, indeed.

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