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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Gilt-edged red enamel Greek cross on swivel civic crown suspension of the Franco era; the face with an imposed circular central medallion in red, white and blue enamel and gilt metal bearing an escutcheon quarterly of Castile and Léon with Granada overall, a white bar on the left, right and lower arms denoting a ‘pensionada’ (military pensioner) award; the reverse with a circular central gilt medallion bearing the letters ‘MM’ (for Mérito Militar); on original ribbon with pasador gilt top bar mounted for wear. The Order was created by Queen Isabel II in 1864 for military merit. The cross is of white enamel in times of peace, and of red in times of war. This is an older example from the Franco era, 1938 to 1975, probably awarded during the period 1938 to 1943, either for service in the Spanish Civil War or with German forces in Soviet Russia.

 
Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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Order of Military Merit, 1st Class Cross for Pensioners with Red Distinction (Orden del Mérito Militar, Cruz del 1ª Clase Pensionada con Distintivo Rojo), 1938-1975 wartime issue
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