War Merit Cross 2nd Class
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1 September 1939
* Acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty.
* Civilians or military personnel not directly involved in military operations who made important contributions to the war effort.
6.134.950 (with swords) and 1,591,567 (without swords)
Stabsgefreiter Markus Pabst
Ribbon worn on the ribbon bar
4, 14, 18, 19, 34, 43, 45, 56, 57, 101, 113, Jakob Bengel
Estimated price (2009)
Heer officer wearing the War Merit 2nd Class ribbon
(Courtesy of Josef Fregosi)
HJ members awarded with the War Merit Cross 2nd Class and the Iron Cross 2nd Class for service during the air raids on Hamburg 1943
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)
This award ranked below the Iron Cross.
Normally only the ribbon of this award was worn, not the medal itself.
Photo courtesy of Rusfront & Craig Wagner
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