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Baltic Crosses- Let's see yours!

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The Baltic Cross was awarded to members of the Baltic militia (Landswehr) and the German volunteer units in the Baltic area that, before July 1, 1919, had been for at least three months "under fire" in the Baltic countries.

The Baltic Cross was instituted in the summer of 1919 by the "Baltische Nationaausschuss" in commemoration of the Baltic liberation fights in 1918-19 in Sudlivland and Kurland.

The Nationalausschuss was the political representation of the German Baltic population in Latvia at the time.

In total 21,839 crosses were issued.

It was only on May 16, 1933 that the Baltic Cross was officially recognized as an official German award.

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My one and only.

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A small group shot.

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Ribbon bar of a Party Member.

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Nice  items  Pierce :thumbup:

 

My  understanding is  there  were  not  2  classes  of  this  award,  the pinback  and  ribboned  award  were  actually  the  same  class. I  hope  I`m  right  with  that statement.

 

I  recently  sold my only  Baltic  Cross  along  with  my  FK collection.  Sometimes,  as usual,  I  wished  I  hadn`t but  I  had  a major purchase  and  needed  to  trade  some items.

 

The  FK  period is  a  fascinating one.

 

Thanks  for  showing  these Pierce

 

Jim

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Thanks for commenting Jim. I have read that there was only one class but then I have also read that there were two- 2nd class for 3 months service and the 1st class for 6 months. But perhaps this was confused with the Silesian Eagle? I cannot be 100% sure which is accurate but recall reading this.

I think it is generally accepted by most collectors that there was only one class.

Best
Pierce

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Some more examples from my collection.

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I really like this one with the EK device, albeit a little faded.

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Jim,

 

I have found this photos with two Baltic Crosses in wear.... :ph34r:

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Here is another example I got recently.

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Pierce,

 

It  would  appear  that  the picture  you  posted  with  the  individual  wearing  both  awards  puts  my  theory  to  bed!! I  think  your  thoughts on  awarded  for  length  of  service is most  probably  correct.It  is probably one of  those  answers  we  will  never know  for  sure.

 

Thanks  for posting  the photo :thumbup:

 

Jim

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Jim, Pierce, great thread !....here's a post war St u L early (around 1960-65) pin back Batlic Cross I have just obtained, a one piece die stamped award with lovely gilded (chrome like) embellished cross device, typical early first pattern tapered pin and solid hinge fittings.........now to find a ribboned version !

Here's some images, also shown a page from St u L 1939 catalogue.............

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Prost ! Steve.

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Steve,

 

Great  medal. Thanks  for  showing it on  the  forum.

 

i  hope  you  are  doing  OK

 

Regards

 

Jim

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Thanks for the comments guys ! I must thank the moderator of the 57er section Nick H for the heads up on this one, Thanks Nick........

Prost ! Steve.

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.........now to find a ribboned version !

 

For your viewing pleasure....a ribboned Meybauer!  These are often mistakenly referred to as the "2nd class" version.  There was only one class of this award and could be worn as a breast pin or suspended from a ribbon like this one.  However, as seen in many photos, a lot of folks wore both simultaneously.

 

Best Regards,

Ben

 

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Baltenkreuz_01.jpg  Baltenkreuz_02.jpg

 

Edited 10 March 2016: Added external links to photos.

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