Bavarian War commemorative cross, 1918.

Also known as the Kriegserinnerungskreuz it was instituted by the Bavarian War Veterans' Association (Bayrischen Kriegerbund) in 1920 and was awarded until 1933. Recipients were required to buy their cross, however, its fine quality made it expensive to purchase so the number of medals acquired was relatively low.

Obverse Description

Gilt edged white enamel cross supported by gilt oak wreath. Centre features crowned shield of Bavaria (diagonal blue and white diamonds) with the inscription IN TREUE FEST (In loyalty steadfast) above the dates 1914-1918.

Reverse Description

Gilt edged white enamel cross featuring gilt inscription, crossed oak leaves and crossed swords. Inscription reads 'BAYR. / KRIEGS / ERINN. / KREUZ' (abbreviation of Bayrisches Kriegserinnerungskreuz that translates to Bavarian War Commemorative Cross).

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