Date Instituted

19 August 1940


Civilians who made contributions to the war effort.

Number Awarded


Award Documents

Hermann Paasch

Estimated price (2009)


Ribbon worn on the ribbon bar



The text on the reverse of the medal reads "Für Kriegs verdienst 1939".
It was designed by Professor Richard Klein.

Photo courtesy of Rusfront, Craig Wagner & Andreas K Odemer

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Military awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich
Detlev Niemann - Price Guide Germany 1871-1945 (2009)

Reference material on this award

Gordon & Williamson & Josef Charita - The War Merit Cross