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Order of the German Eagle, German Medal of Merit in Bronze - from 1943

Order of the German Eagle, German Medal of Merit in Bronze - from 1943

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
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EAN 2000000678795
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000678795
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000678795
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Order of the German Eagle, German Medal of Merit in Bronze - from 1943


Description

Bronze. With the original ribbon. Signs of use.

 


Condition
2-3
Historical information

Adolf Hitler created the German Eagle Order on May 1, 1937, based on a personal request of Foreign Minister Dr. Meissner1). The creation of the order finally enabled the German Reich to honor foreigners. The order would be awarded through the Fuehrer through proposal of the foreign minister. ("Reichsgesetzblatt" 1937)

The order consisted initially of 5 grades, Grand Cross, Merit Cross with Star, Merit Cross 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade as well as a Merit Medal.

A unique Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle in Gold with Diamonds (Grosskreuz des Deutschen Adlerordens in Gold und Brillanten) was awarded to Benito Mussolini on 25 September 1937.

The Order was reorganized into nine classes on December 27, 1943, by adding the Grand Cross in Gold, the 1st class, and splitting the merit medal into a silver and bronze one. The classes of the actual order themselves got aligned within the new sequential structure from 1st to 5th, with the 5th being the old 3rd class.

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