This is an original German civilian War merit medal.The medal was battlefield recovered and was found near Berlin from the 1945 battlefield and the fighting in last weeks of the war against the Russian army. The medal is in relic but still solid, it still has the remains of the swastika looks like it may well have been burnt properly during fighting.This is a cracking condition medal for a battlefield relic and is a great collectors piece.A very nice relic from the battle of Berlin in 1945 and the last days of the Third Reich.
merit medal was instituted on 19 August 1940 to recognize outstanding service
by civilians in connection with the war effort. The medal was restricted to
civilians - both German and non-German - and was awarded predominantly to those
working in war factories.
The medal was designed by Professor Richard Klein of Munich. It was worn either on the medal bar above the left breast pocket (soldiers who had earned the medal as civilians could wear it on the uniform), or with the ribbon only through a buttonhole of the tunic. After 15 May 1943, the award of this medal to foreigners was supplanted by the Medal of Merit of the Order of the German Eagle. It is estimated that approximately 4.9 million medals were awarded by war's end. Its abundant production makes the medal relatively easy to find.
The medal was presented in an envelope wrapper. The wrapper was blue with black lettering ("Kriegs-Verdienstmedaille 1939"), with the medal itself wrapped in a small piece of tissue paper. The sample featured here comes with the issue envelope and ribbon. It does not have the tissue paper.
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