The world war one Frontfighters cross must be one of the most mass produced medals from German history. A wide variety of manufacturers, indentified and unindentified, produced this cross which was fpr which just about every German soldier or civilian was eligible.
Three variants were issued:
– With Swords (for those who saw or participated in battle)
– Without Swords (for civilians non combatants)
– Without swords in Black (for families of deceased soldiers)
Manufactured by B.H.L a Germany WW1 War service cross (Hindenberg cross) without swords medal. Manufacturer marking is in the center of the rear of the cross and is impressed / stamped into the medal.
A world war one War service cross without swords for Non Combatants from the manufacturer O.14 (marker mark in relief on lower arm of cross on medal reverse). Currently O.14 is an unidentified German medal manufacturer therefore any possible clarification would be gratefully received.
The Hindenberg cross (unofficial nomenclature) without swords would have been awarded to members of the WW1 German armed forces serving behind the lines or for organisations such as Firefighters or Policemen (Public servants) in Germany. Also included in the potential awardess would be leaders of industry supporting the war effort. EG Military materials suppliers.
German WW1 war service cross medal with swords. Manufactured by LAUER NURNBG-BERLIN, Lauer of Nurenberg and Berlin. Maker mark (hersteller in German) is in relief on the reverse of the medal in the lower arm of the cross.
First world war “Hindenberg” cross with swords. Obverse is comprised 1914-1918 dates surrounded by a laurel wreath superimposed upon the cross. The G.5 maker mark has not been attributed.
Note: Some collectors consider the gothic script G to be in fact a B
Hindenberg cross with swords or correctly known as first world war, war service cross with crossed swords (denotes combat experience or at least belonging to the armed forces). This example manufacturer marked C.P.
W.K. maker marked frontfighters cross with swords from the first world war. Swords denote combat / battle participation of the awardee.
A curious medal makers mark on this first world war German service cross. C.TH.D sits above what can only be described as a profile of a house with a window or maybe even a lantern. Should be an identifiable marking but not currently associated with a medal producer.
G&S marked German medal from WW1 for war service. This being the combatants version as denoted by the prescence of the crossed swords. Could G&S be the same Gablonz und Sohne / Soehne of WW2 era German medal production?
L. NBG. an unknown / unidentified medal manufacturer. Could NBG. stand for Nuremberg? Any additional information on this medal very much welcome.