This award was instituted on October 18, 1939 to recognize service not in direct connection with combat. It was worn on the lower left breast pocket of the tunic. This particular example is made of zinc. It is maker marked on the reverse pin. To me, it looks like 37 for the maker of Adolf Aumeister, Ludenscheid. The badge is in excellent shape. The pin may be a little loose when not affixed to a garment, but functions properly. A very nice example of a War Merit Cross withot Swords.
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