BRAUNSCHWEIG – WAR MERIT CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS
- Bronze cross with loop for ribbon suspension
- Face with the letters ‘EA’ centrally for Duke Ernst August, oak leaves to either side, the Brunswick crown above, the date ‘1914’ below
- Reverse inscribed ‘Für’, ‘Verdienst im’, ‘Kriege’ (For Merit in War)
- Short length of original ribbon for combatants
- Veryfine condition
The Braunschweig war merit cross was instituted by Duke Ernst August on 23 October 1914, initially in one class, for merit in action and to be awarded regardless of rank. It is often known as the ‘Ernst August Cross’. On 20 March 1918, a first class of the Cross was created in pinback form.
The Duchy of Braunschweig had a population of less than half a million people and the Cross is not one of the more frequently encountered German decorations.