Bar with the Flanders Cross and Clasps

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The medals on this bar in order of seniority from left to right are-
Prussian Iron Cross, second class
German Legion of Honour Medal with combatant clasp
Flanders Cross
German Kyffhäuser Medal

The original owner of this bar was a naval veteran of the Marinekorps Flandern on the Western Front in the First World War. Along with an Iron Cross second class this veteran wears three semi-official medals.

The German Honour Medal for the World War Legion of Honour ("Ehrendenkmünze des Weltkrieges der Deutschen Ehrenlegion") was instituted in 1921 by the "Verband national gesinnter Soldaten“ veterans organisation for purchase by war veterans with an additional wreath and sword on the ribbon for frontline fighters.

The Honour and Remembrance Cross of the Flanders Naval Corps ("Ehren- und Erinnerungskreuz des Marinekorps Flandern", more commonly called the "Flandernkreuz") was an unofficial medal awarded in 1921 to the veterans of the imperial naval "Marinekoprs Flandern" who served on the Western Front during the First World War.

In 1922 the "Kyffhäuserbund der Deutschen Landeskriegerverbände" veterans organisation instituted the Kyffhäuser Medal to commemorate service in the First World War.

All three of these medals were not officially recognised awards and in 1934 when the Honour Cross was instituted, these unofficial awards were banned. This clearly dates this bar between 1922-34.


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