The Hindenburg Cross was instituted in 1934, shortly after the death of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. He also had served as Germany’s President, with Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. The award was made in three classes: Combatants, Non Combatants, and Next-of-Kin. This example is for Combatants, and so has swords crossed through its body. A bow rather than a straight ribbon is attached on the ring. This was most likely worn by the wife, mother, sister, or sweetheart of a combat veteran. It is an unusual variation.