1957 War Merit Cross 1st Class
Due to German law prohibiting the swastika the WW2 version of
this medal could not be worn by its recipients. In 1957 the
Federal Republic of Germany authorised alternative
'de-nazified' replacement versions of World War II period
war decorations. The swastika at the center of the War Merit
Cross was replaced with the date 1939 standing for the year
that it was originally introduced.
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