Bavarian Bar with an Ottoman Medal

Photo Thomas Millow

The medals on this bar in order of seniority from left to right are-
Prussian 1914 Iron Cross
, second class
Bavarian Military Merit Order, fourth class with swords
1914-18 Honour Cross for combatants
Ottoman Liakat Medal, in gold with clasp and sabres

The original owner of this medal bar was a Bavarian officer who most likely served alongside the Ottoman army during the First World War. This bar dates from the 1930s, as is seen by the Honour Cross, instituted in 1934. From the 1930s even Bavarian officers had to wear the Prussian Iron Cross ahead of their home state awards.


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