Original German post WW1 Commemorative Honour Cross of the Navy Corps Flanders (Ehren- und Erinnerungskreuz des Marinekorps Flandern), IN FAIR CONDITION ON GENUINE RIBBON - SHOWING SOME OXIDATION ON THE REVERSE, A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE THOUGH
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Commemorative Honour Cross of the Navy Corps Flanders (Ehren- und Erinnerungskreuz des Marinekorps Flandern a.k.a. Flandernkreuz) - also referred to as “Flandernkreuz” was instituted on September 13, 1921 by the post war veterans’ association “Kamerdschaftsverband des Marinekorps Flandern” and available for purchase by the ex-members of the Navy Corps stationed on the Flemish coast in Belgium. The bronze badge has crossed swords between the cross’ arms. Central medallion on the obverse has a central medallion with an anchor on the letter “W” (for Emperor Wilhelm) and an imperial crown within a laurel wreath. The cross’ arms bear the text “Zur See / Unbe- / siegt / Im Felde” that should be read: “Zur See, Im Felde, unbesiegt” (“Unconquered on the seas and in the field”). The reverse has the German Navy Battle Flag in the laurel wreathed medallion and a Flemish lion in the upper cross arm. There’s a text in the remaining arms “Marine- / Korps- 1914/18”. Crossed swords miniature is known to be worn sometimes on the ribbon. Though award was privately purchased every veteran had to present documented prove of his participation in battles. The cost of badge was RM3,50, miniature - RM2,00, battle clasp – RM0,50. The following battle clasps existed: Antwerpen, Durchbruchsschlacht, Durchbruchsschlacht 1918, Flandernschlacht, Flandernschlacht 1917 & Luftkrieg.