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Serbian Commemorative Cross for the Balkan War of 1913

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Hi,

 

Here's a Serbian commemorative cross for the Balkan War of 1913.

 

 

Some background info found online:

 

 

 

The Cross was instituted on 25 November (7 December) 1913 to be awarded to military and civilians for meritorious service during the First and Second Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. An alliance of Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia threw the Ottoman Turks out of almost all their remaining European territories in 1912 and the First Balkan War ended with the Treaty of London on 30 May 1913. However, the victors fell out over the division of the spoils, with Serbia and Greece forming an alliance against Bulgaria and the Second Balkan War broke out at the end of June. After initial setbacks, Bulgarian military successes stabilised the front in Macedonia. The situation was transformed by the invasion of Bulgaria by Romania on 10 July, leaving the former in a hopeless position. An armistice was agreed on 31 July with Bulgaria losing most of her gains from the First War and Serbia becoming the dominant Balkan power. The Cross was made by Arthus Bertrand of Paris and Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland."


 

 

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And a little card i once stumbled upon:

 

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best regards,

Gaston

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Hi Gaston!

 

I always like Your "Imperial-time"-postings... :thumbup:

 

Hope You don't mind, that I'm posting a "corresponding" cross, the "Barmherzigkeitskreuz 1913".

 

Kind regards, Peter 

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Hi Peter, by all means please post.

 

Lovely cross you show!

 

best regards,

Gaston

 

Thanks, Gaston!

 

Additional information: the cross I posted was not produced in Serbia, it came from the manufacturer "Huguenin" in France.

 

Kind regards, Peter

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Just a small correction/addition, since the Cross of Mercy (or Cross of Charity depends how you translate it) isn't a commemorative cross, it was handed out even up to WW1 for Doctors and Nurses that served in Serbia during the war, for their gallant services to the country,

 

Here is my example from my collection, very scarce since it comes with the original Huguenin Frères case of issue,

 

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I guess I'll start a new topic for the Cross of Mercy :)

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