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Carl Eduard War Cross

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Type  Military decoration
Established  19 July 1916
Campaign(s)  World War I
Total awarded  97
Carl Eduard War Cross
Awarded for  Bravery and military merit

The Carl Eduard War Cross (German: Carl-Eduard-Kriegskreuz) was a military decoration of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha presented during World War I. Established 19 July 1916, by Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the cross recognized military merit and bravery in battle, without regard to rank. Awarded only 97 times, it is one of the rarest of World War I German military decorations. Recipients must have already been holders of the Iron Cross, 1st Class and been serving in the 6 Th├╝ringischen Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 95.



The Carl Eduard War Cross is in the shape of a Maltese cross, made of silver. On the obverse in the center medallion is the cypher CE surmounted by a ducal crown. The medallion is surrounded by a green enameled laurel wreath superimposed on the arms of the cross. The reverse of the medallion displays the Coat of arms of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha surrounded by the words FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER.

Notable recipients

  • Gotthard Heinrici
  • Paul von Hindenburg
  • Fritz von Selle
  • References

    Carl Eduard War Cross Wikipedia

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