The Military Merit Order (or Militärverdienstorden in German) was a military order of the Kingdom of Württemberg, which joined the German Empire in 1871. In March 1813, Frederick William III added an additional distinction, a spray of gilt oak ... German Order - Teutonic Order - 1190 - 2020. The History of The Order. Figure 14: German Eagle Order 2 nd Grade, Grand Cross Star and Star to the Merit Cross revers The order decorations: Figure 12: German Eagle Order crosses and medal 1 st type. The order was one of the older military orders of the states of the German Empire. Order of the German Eagle (Verdienstorden vom Deutschen Adler) instituted by Adolf Hitler on the 1st May 1937, the Order of the German Eagle (Verdienstorden vom Deutschen Adler) Eagle was a diplomatic and honorary award given to prominent foreigners, particularly diplomats, who were considered sympathetic to NSDAP. The Blood Order (German: Blutorden), officially known as the Decoration in Memory (of the Munich putsch) of 9 November 1923 (German: Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 9. November 1923), was one of the most prestigious decorations in the Nazi Party (NSDAP). During March 1934, Hitler authorized the Blood Order to commemorate the 9 November 1923 coup attempt of the Nazi Party. Figure 13: German Eagle Order 2 nd Grade, Grand Cross Star and Star to the Merit Cross avers. German Medal of Merit (Deutsche Verdienstmedaille) A unique Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle in Gold with Diamonds (Grosskreuz des Deutschen Adlerordens in Gold und Brillanten) was also awarded to Benito Mussolini on 25 September 1937. It was designed by Benno von Arent. Adolf Hitler awarded the first such order posthumously to Reichsminister Fritz Todt during Todt's funeral in February 1942. Order of Pour le Mérite - Blue Max - History ... and should not be referred to as a "medal" or "decoration". The German Order (German: Deutscher Orden) was the highest award that the Nazi Party could bestow on an individual for his services to the "state and party". It was intended to supply a diplomatic order for award to foreign nationals. Order of the German Eagle The Order of the German Eagle was established in May 1937. The Order of the German Eagle consisted of 5 classes and a silver medal of merit. A circular medal constructed of bronze, the obverse bearing a Maltese cross with a left-facing national eagle with outspread wings clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons between each arm, the reverse bears the inscription “Deutsche Verdienst- Medaille”, measuring 38.05 mm (w) x 43.30 mm (h), with suspension ring on a red ribbon with white and black stripes, very fine.