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War memorials in Germany
Obelisk on Karolinenplatz, Munich (1833)In Germany, including memorial plaques, there are said to be over 100,000 war memorials.  The oldest war memorials in today's sense are likely to be some memorial plaques for residents who died in the Napoleonic wars. After Friedrich Wilhelm III. On March 10, 1813, with the Foundation of the Iron Cross, he created an order for the first time, the award of which was independent of rank and rank, i.e. for the first time could also be awarded to ordinary soldiers Monument to those who remained in the struggle for independence and the fatherland. ”It says, among other things: "§. 1. Every warrior who finds death for the fatherland in the exercise of a heroic deed which, according to the unanimous testimony of his superiors and comrades, would have earned him the Order of the Iron Cross, should also by means of a memorial to be erected in the regimental church at the expense of the state to be honored after his death. […] §. 3. In addition, for all who died on the bed of honor, a plaque should be erected in every church at the expense of the parishes, with the inscription: From this parish died for king and fatherland; under this inscription the names of all those who had fallen in the parish are inscribed. Above to those who received the iron cross or would have been worthy of it. "A large number of war memorials, represented throughout Germany, were first erected in memory of those who participated in the Franco-German War in 1870/71, with the regions affected by the German-Danish War in 1864 and the Prussian-Austrian War in 1866 on the Monuments also often commemorated the participants in these wars. Later war memorials from the First World War usually only pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the respective location, and those of the Second World War mostly civil and military victims.
October 27, 2021
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