War Decoration of Honour in Iron, Hessen Darmstadt, Bloody Ludwig (Blutiger Ludwig)
The highest award of Hessen
The war honorary sign in iron was donated on 13 March 1917 by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse on the occasion of his 25th anniversary. The decoration was awarded about 2,000 times to proven Hessian fighters. The recipients should have previously received the Iron Cross and the Hessian Medal of Honour and been wounded at the front. Therefore, the award received the nickname Bloody Ludwig (Blutiger Ludwig).
It was made of various materials such as blackened iron, Tombak, zinc, silver, silver-plated iron and coloured copper.
One of the most famous bearers of this award was the German fighter pilot Julius Buckler.
Official qualifications to receive the Award:
- More than 2 years belonging to associations whose activities, apart from temporary stay in rest or reserve position, take place in the effective area of enemy fire. In the 2 years from the day of disengagement the time of stay in hospitals and in the home country is not included, which exceeds 2 months; one or more wounds.
- Bravery (Iron Cross) and good leadership.
- Possession of Hessian citizenship at least since 1 August 1914.