GERMAN WWI 1914 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS AND WAR VETERANS MEDAL 1914-1918 OF THE KYFFHAUSER UNION BAR
ORIGINAL WW1 1914 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS AND WAR VETERANS MEDAL 1914-1918 OF THE KYFFHAUSER UNION BAR
GERMANY WWI WAR VETERANS MEDAL 1914-1918 OF THE KYFFHAUSER UNION
Obverse : The oval medal is in gilt bronze. Within a border of leaves stands a torn flag under the text, in Gothic script, "BLANK / DIE WEHR / REIN DIE EHR" (not literally translatable but meaning something like 'fighing with open visor, with honour intact"). To the left of the flag are the dates "1914 / 1918) and across the lower part of the medal are four lightning bolts.
Reverse : to the inner side of the border of leaves one reads, on the upper half : "Für Treue im Weltkriege" (For loyalty during the World War) and on the lower half : "Der Kyffhäuserbund". Centrally is the text "Aufrecht / u. Stolz gehen / wir aus dem / kampfe den wir / über vier Jahre / gegen eine Welt / von feinden / bestanden / hindenburg" (Standing proudly we leave the battle which we fought, more than four years long and against the world, Hindenburg).
GERMAN WWI 1914 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS
The basic design of the WW1 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS has the front of the cross bearing the date 1914 under a crowned 'W' monogram.The back of the cross bears an oak leaf cluster with the date of the decoration’s institution, 1813 underneath and FW the crowned initials of Frederick William are in the top arm above the oak leaf cluster.