This is a WWI 1914-1918 The Honour Cross of the World War (Hindenburg Cross) for sale in very good condition. This is an authentic and unaltered relic from the war. Guaranteed original.
In July 1934, German President Paul von Beneckendorf und von Hindenburg established a medal to glorify his compatriots who fought in World War I. Hindenburg himself had served in the East against the Russians, and had attained triumphs at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes. He desired to give recognition to those who had taken part in the battle.
As a young officer in the Seven Weeks War, Hindenburg contested with the Austrians in 1866. Three years later, he was engaged in the hostilities against France. Drawing from his own experience, he understood the significance such honors as the Cross of Honor would have for those who obtained it. He passed away in August 1934, with the establishment of the medal being one of the last acts of his tenure.
Despite Germany‘s defeat in World War I, many of its soldiers had acted with gallantry, despite the utilization of chemical weapons and flamethrowers. Consequently, the Cross of Honor was established to commemorate “…the unassailable achievements of the German people….” Its proclamation read: “…for all those who served as well as for the widows and parents of those who passed away as a result of war wounds, imprisonment, or who remain missing and have not been found.” To put it simply, this was a manner for Germany to acknowledge its troops with a decoration, despite its loss, when typically only the triumphant armies are bestow medals.