World War One WW1 German Hansiatic Cross - Hamburg

WW1 German Hanseatic Cross - Hamburg
Beautiful original cross. Enamel in Excellent condition.

The Hanseatic Cross was a decoration of the three Hanseatic City States of Bremen, Hamburg and Lubeck who were members of the German Empire during World War I. Each republic established its own version of the cross, but the design and award criteria were similar for each.The Hanseatic Cross was jointly instituted by agreement of the Senates of the three cities, with each senate ratifying the award on different days. The Lübeck version was established first, on August 21, 1915. The Hamburg version followed on September 10 and the Bremen version on September 14. The cross was awarded for merit in war, and could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel. When awarded for bravery or combat merit, it was the three cities' equivalent of the Prussian Iron Cross.

The Bremen Hanseatic Cross was awarded approximately 20,000 times. There were approximately 50,000 awards of the Hanseatic Cross of Hamburg, the largest Hanseatic city. Lübeck was the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, and its Hanseatic Cross was awarded approximately 8-10,000 times.

Please see my other items for Bremen and Lübeck crosses. Will combine shipping.


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