Collecting War Memorabilia and Medals

POUR LE MERITE

Elite Militaria - Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Pour le Mérite, aka the Blue Max, was the Kingdom of Prussia's highest Order for acts of Gallantry in war . It was founded in 1740 by Fredrick the Great and was issued as a military award for extraordinary achievement. It was also awarded as a civil honour until 1810, then a separate civil class was created in 1842 to recognize the arts and sciences. The ironic part is it's a German award named in French and was kept that way despite the many wars fought between the two nations.

 

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