Merit Cross for War Aid

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Merit Cross for War Aid
Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe
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Obverse and reverse of the Merit Cross for War Aid
Awarded by Prussia
TypeMilitary and civil decoration
Awarded forAct contributing to the war effort
Campaign(s)World War I
StatusSuppressed 1924
Established5 December 1916[1]
Order of Wear 1916[2]
Next (higher)Life Saving Medal
Next (lower)Peacetime awards of the Orders of Hohenzollern, Red Eagle, and Crown
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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.[3]


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.[3]


  1. ^ "Prussian Merit Cross War Aid (OMD 7015)". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  2. ^ Lundström, Richard. "Prussian Regulations of 24 February 1915 (with amendment 1916)". Guide to German Ribbon Bars 1914-1945. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Prussia. Merit Cross for War Aid (Preussen. Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe)". Retrieved 2013-05-21.