Bar with the
Flanders Cross and Clasps
Photo by Joachim Specht on
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 with clasps for "SOMME", "YPERN", "YSER",
"FLANDERNSCHLACHT (1917)" and "DURCHBRUCHSSCHLACHT"
German Kyffhäuser Medal
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.
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
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.