War Merit cross 1st class with swords . A good casting with fine detail and correct dimensions. Wide pin to the reverse and maker marked.
Adolf Hitler created this award in October 1939 . The grades were the same as the Iron Cross. So War Merit Cross 2nd Class, War Merit Cross 1st Class, and Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross. This is the combatants version with swords awarded to soldiers for exceptional service “not in direct connection with combat”. This is the distinction between the Iron cross and the War merit cross