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Ribbon Bar vs. Bow?

Article about: Hello, all! I recently was gifted a bow for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class w/ Swords. I have also noticed that there are ribbon bars for the same award. I was wondering, what is the differenc

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    Hello, all!

    I recently was gifted a bow for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class w/ Swords. I have also noticed that there are ribbon bars for the same award.

    I was wondering, what is the difference between the two?

    Was one intended for civilian use while the other for military use? Was one meant to be worn on a dress uniform and the other on a standard service uniform? Was the bow worn post-war by veterans?

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    Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

    ... as I look at the bow... the colors seem to be arranged like the EK2 ribbon... any help on this?

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    I believe the bow was to be worn in the lapel of civilian jackets

    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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    My brain is playing tricks on me... is my bow for the War Merit Cross 2nd Class... or not?

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    Thanks for the insight, Nick!

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    Actually , no its not ! It looks to be an EK2 ribbon !

    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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    Shouldn't the colors be reversed..? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the color pattern on this bow for the EK2? Maybe I drank too much coffee this morning... or not enough!

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    Quote by Stickgrenade View Post
    Actually , no its not ! It looks to be an EK2 ribbon !

    Nick
    So I'm not going insane after all!

    Is there even such a thing as an EK2 w/ swords... ?

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    No there isn't. Looks like someone just stuck some swords on there !

    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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    I was thinking the same. Did they make a bow for the RK with swords?

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    It looks to me as if there are two ribbons on the bow, Iron Cross on the front, War Merit Cross on the back. Perhaps its meant to represent both medals, with the swords relating to the War Merit Cross?

    Rob

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