Original WWII German War Merit Medal And Ribbon Brought Home By A U.S. Soldier. The War Merit Medal was an extension of the War Merit Cross series of awards and was introduced on August 19TH 1940 for award to German nationals and foreign civilians who provided exceptional service to the war effort. Die struck bronze alloy award with an embossed likeness of the War Merit Cross without swords to the obverse, in the form of a Maltese style cross with a circular centerpiece with an embossed, canted, swastika, encircled by a nicely detailed oak-leaf wreath. The arms of the cross have a slightly pebbled field while the background of the award is smooth with a fine raised lip to the outside edge. The reverse of the award has embossed Gothic script, “Für Kriegs-verdienst 1939”, (For War Merit 1939), on a smooth background field. Complete with a piece of original ribbon. . in good condition with very minor storage wear. We have several from a large collection, we will select the best one for you. Offering is for one (1) War Service Medal. An honest untouched U.S. Veteran bring back German War Merit Medal. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Very limited supply.