Karl Troop Cross on a trifold ribbon issued by Austria, 1916.
The Karl Troop Cross was instituted on 13 December 1916 by Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary. The cross was awarded to all soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army and its allies who had served at the front for at least twelve weeks. It was awarded until the end of World War I.
Cross pattée with inscription supported by a laurel wreath.
Reverse bears Austrian and Hungarian Imperial crowns above the letter "C" (for Carolus [Karl I]) with the inscription "VITAM ET SANGVINEM", (With life and blood) and the date MDCCCCXVI, (1916).
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Obverse reads: "C / VITAM ET SANGVINEM / MDCCCCXVI" (With life and blood 1916). Reverse reads: "GRATI / PRINCEPS ET PATRIA / CAROLVS / IMP.ET REX" (A grateful prince and country, Karl, Emperor and King).
Type of item
30 mm (Width), 30 mm (Height)
References: [Link 1] accessed Aug 2014.