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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ. Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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Silvered bronze cross pattée, the arms with a hatched border, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned cipher of Grand Duke Adolph Friedrich VI on a stippled ground within a circular laurel wreath, the date ‘1914’ impressed on the lower arm; the reverse with a circular central medallion inscribed ‘TAPFER UND TREU’ (Brave and Loyal) on a stippled ground within a circular laurel wreath; diameter 40.75mm (1.6 inches); on replaced correct combatant’s ribbon. The Cross was instituted by Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm on 10 March 1871 and awarded for bravery, regardless of rank, during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. It was reintroduced by Grand Duke Adolph Friedrich VI soon after the outbreak of World War I with the date ‘1914 incised on the lower arm of the face. On 1 January 1915 a first class of the Cross was introduced, the present Cross becoming the second class. The Cross could be awarded on both combatant’s and non-combatant’s (‘red’) ribbons. Originally manufactured in silver, from 1916 it was made of silvered bronze. Unusually, retrospective awards of the Cross continued after the end of the war until 1924, by which time 8,131 Crosses had been awarded. The design of the Cross resembles that of the Prussian Iron Cross and may be considered the Meckelenburg-Strelitz equivalent of that decoration. A good example.

 
MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ.  Cross for Distinction in War, ‘Brave and Loyal’, II class, on combatant's ribbon (Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege, ‘Tapfer und Treu’, II. Klasse, am Kämpferband), 1916-1924 issue
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