German WW1 Battle of Verdun Commemorative Cross

German WW1 Battle of Verdun Commemorative Cross

German WW1 Battle of Verdun Commemorative Cross.


This serie of awards was created by the Ehrenbund der Champagnekämpfer veterans association in 1920 and was awarded to veterans who participated in either the Somme, Verdun, Argonne, Champagne battles, or on the Eastern Front. All were made by the same maker and were privately purchased by the veterans.


The Verdun cross was issued to commemorate participation in one of the major, longest and most bloody battles of the Great War - the battle of Somme, that was fought on the Western front between the German and French armies from February 21 - December 18, 1916. The battle had over one million casulties from both sides.


Obverse has arms of the cross enameled black at the edge and black at its centre separated by thin silver lines and fields of White enamel. A half round inscription "Verdun" executed in silver capital letters is running at the top of the central medallion accompanied by the dates of the Great War, "1914 1918" placed in two rows beneath. The cross is in Good condition, has its enamels intact and comes complete with its original ribbon. The cross is correctly makermarked to its reverse "Fleck & Sohn, Hamburg 3, Ges.Gesch."


Like all the other badges manufactured during the Weimar era the Verdun cross had to be privately purchased by veterans upon presentation of award documents issued either by Dusseldorf (1932) or later by Chemnitz-based (1933-1934) divisions of the above mentioned Saxon association.


After an institution of an official WWI veterans award, i.e. The Hindenburg Honor Cross on July 13, 1934 the Verdun Cross like vast majority of other unofficial Weimar-era commemorative and honor badges was prohibited to be worn.


Most common of this Award serie with an un-known numbers awarded.


Very nice medal, complete with original ribbon!!


German WW1 Battle of Verdun Commemorative Cross

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