Merit Cross for War Aid
|Merit Cross for War Aid|
Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe
Obverse and reverse of the Merit Cross for War Aid
|Awarded by Prussia|
|Type||Military and civil decoration|
|Awarded for||Act contributing to the war effort|
|Campaign(s)||World War I|
|Established||5 December 1916|
|Order of Wear 1916|
|Next (higher)||Life Saving Medal|
|Next (lower)||Peacetime awards of the Orders of Hohenzollern, Red Eagle, and Crown|
Ribbon of the cross
The Merit Cross for War Aid (German: Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe) was a war decoration of Prussia awarded during World War I. Instituted 5 December 1916, the cross was awarded for patriotic war aid service, without regard to status or rank.
The Merit Cross for War Aid is in the shape of a Maltese cross, typically found made of blackened Kriegsmetall alloy. The obverse of the cross bears a circular central medallion with the crowned cipher of King Wilhelm II. On the reverse the central medallion is inscribed FÜR KRIEGS-HILFSDIENST (For War Aid Merit) above an oak wreath. To the upper arm is attached a loop for suspension from its ribbon.
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