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The Mecklenburg Militärverdienstkreuz was instituted on August 5th, 1848 by Grand duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin for the war with Danmark.
Originally it was instituted with only one class, hanging from a ribbon. It was not before 1870 when two classes were instituted.
Eventually the decorations consisted of two classes and could be awarded to any military, regardless of their rank.
The era/war it was awarded for was depicted by the different years on the lower arm of the cross. This way variations can be found in order of date: 1848, 1849 (First war of Schleswig and oppression of the German Revolution), 1859 (2nd Italian War of independence), 1864 (German-Danish War), 1866 (Austrian-Prussian War), 1870 (French-Prussian War), 1877 (Russian-Turkish War), 1900 (Boxer Rebellion), undated version (colonial wars at the beginning of the 20th century) and 1914 (First World War).


Medal for Military Merit 1st Class
Militärverdienstkreuz 1.KlasseMedal for Military Merit 1st Class
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Medal for Military Merit 2nd Class
Militärverdienstkreuz 2.KlasseMedal for Military Merit 2nd Class
In the database: 27