Military Merit Order (Bavaria)
The Militär-Verdienstorden was Bavaria’s main decoration for bravery and military merit for officers and higher-ranking officials. It established by King Ludwig II of Bavaria on July 19, 1866 and ranked below the Militär-Max-Joseph-Orden (Military Order of Max Joseph).
The design was of a Maltese cross of blue enamel with a center medallion. Between the arms of were golden flames (silver flames for the 4th Class). The obverse of the center medallion had a gold crowned "L" cipher (for the founder King Ludwig II) on the black-enameled center and the word "MERENTI" on a ring of white enamel edged in gold (later silver-gilt). The reverse had a gold Bavarian lion on black enamel with the date of founding, “1866”, on the white-enameled ring.
By World War I, the order had six classes, with the rank of a recipient determining the level of the award:
For wartime or combat awards, the order was awarded with swords. The 3rd and 4th classes could also be awarded with a crown, indicating a higher or repeat award. Awards to officials aiding the war effort were typically made with a different ribbon, the Band für Kriegsverdienst.
There was also a Military Merit Cross associated with the order, which was open to non-commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers.
The prewar awards to Paech and Schneider were of the 4th Class without swords.
|Oblt.||Amberger, Gustav||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Amberger, Wilhelm||3 Jan 1917||UB 38|
|Oblt.||Beulwitz, Eugen von||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Georg, Carl-Siegfried Ritter von||15 Dec 1915|
|Kptlt.||Gercke, Hermann||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Gerke, Bernhard||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Hamm, Max||3 Jan 1917|
|Kptlt.||Kroll, Carl Albrecht||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Marschall, Wilhelm||3 Jan 1917||UC 74|
|Kptlt.||Middendorff, Heinrich||3 Jan 1916|
|Kptlt.||Neureuther, Karl||3 Jan 1917||UC 55|
|Kptlt.||Ney, Otto||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Plum, Richard||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Ries, Johannes||3 Jan 1917|
|Kptlt.||Schapler, Kurt||4 Jan 1917||UC 73|
|Kptlt.||Schneider, Rudolf||prewar||U 24|
|Ltn.||Schöller, Ernst||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Sichart von Sichartshofen, Friedrich Karl||2 Jan 1917||UB 41|
|Oblt.||Spieß, Johannes||3 Jan 1917||U 19|
|Oblt.||Steinbauer, Wolfgang||3 Jan 1917||UB 47|
|Ltn.||Utke, Kurt||3 Jan 1917|
|Oblt.||Wenninger, Ralph||3 Jan 1916||UB 17|
|Oblt.||Wäger, Franz||3 Jan 1916||UB 18|
25 officers decorated with Military Merit Order (Bavaria) (Militärverdienstorden) located.
Note: This listing is still being compiled and some recipients might be missing.