Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg 1914
Reproduction of the Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg, The cross is a red-enameled silver cross pattée which bore the arms of the relevant city-state on the center medallion. The reverse bore the phrase "Für Verdienst im Kriege" and the date of 1914.
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The Hanseatic Cross was a decoration of the three Hanseatic city-states of Bremen, Hamburg and Lübeck, who were members of the German Empire during World War I. Each republic established its own version of the cross, but the design and award criteria were similar for each.
The Hanseatic Cross was jointly instituted by agreement of the senates of the three cities, with each senate ratifying the award on different days. The Hamburg version followed on September 10 and the Bremen version on September 14. The cross was awarded for merit in war, and could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel. When awarded for bravery or combat merit, it was the three cities' equivalent of the Prussian Iron Cross.
There were approximately 50,000 awards of the Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg, the largest Hanseatic city