Officer's Cross

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Officer's Cross referred to faleristics a level or class of orders and decorations . Usually it is the second lowest class after the Knight's Cross .


As a model for the division of the Order of Merit into five levels ( knight - officer - commander - grand officer - grand cross ), the system that was first introduced in France in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte at the foundation of the Legion of Honor ( Légion d'honneur ) is used as a model. With the establishment of numerous other orders of merit in the 19th and 20th centuries, this pattern was often adopted and thus achieved worldwide distribution. Orders of merit with three levels ( knight - commander - grand cross ) have existed since the middle of the 18th century. B. the Hungarian Order of St. Stephen .

Position within the order hierarchy

  1. Grand Cross (Fig. 5)
  2. Grand Commander (also "Grand Officer Cross ", "Grand Officer", " Knight Commander ", "Commander 1st Class") (Fig. 4)
  3. Komtur (also "Komturkreuz", "Kommandeur", "Commander", "Komtur 2nd class") (Fig. 3)
  4. Officer (also "Officer's Cross") (Fig. 2)
  5. Knight (also " Knight's Cross ") (Fig. 1)

Carrying method

Wearing the medal badge

The way of wearing this level is not uniform and depends on the respective statutes of the respective order or badge of honor: