Original Rare WWII German ORDER OF THE GERMAN EAGLE MEDAL OF MERIT Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. The Series of the Order of the German Eagle was originally instituted by Hitler on May 1ST 1937, in varying degrees for award to foreign political dignitaries. The award was modified and other “degrees” were added in 1939, and again in 1943. The last version of these awards were designated “class” instead of “degree”. Also in 1939 crossed swords were added to the award when it was to be issued to personnel who had displayed distinguished military merit. 1943 pattern. Roughly 39mm diameter, die struck zinc award. The obverse of the award features an embossed Maltese style cross with national eagles, with downs wept wings, clutching a canted, wreathed swastika, between the cross’s arms on a smooth background field with a raised outer edge. The reverse has embossed script “Deutsche Verdienst-Medaille”, (German Merit-Medal), on a smooth background field with a raised outer edge. Complete with original ribbon and pin back device. A very rare medal brought home by a U.S. 3rd Infantry Division solider (see photo) of Veteran. Complete museum documentation (COA) Provided. Nice used example showing the expected age and wear. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic Brought home by a solider as a trophy of war. Certified by The Gettysburg Museum of History. The Gettysburg Museum of History does not support or condone Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party and is only offering this as a historic relic. Please see our other items. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.