In March 1813 Frederick Wilhelm III added gilt oak leaves to the the award.Award of the oak leaves was originally for extraordinary achievement in battle and was usually reserved for high ranking officers.The original regulations called for the capture or successful defense of a fortification or victory in a battle. By WWI the oak leaves often indicated a second or higher award of the Pour le Merite though in most cases the recipients were still high-ranking officers.Lower ranking recipients of the oak leaves were mainly general staff officers responsible for planning a victorious battle or campaign.
Blue Max or Pour Le Merite, enamelled on both sides and finished in gilt. The Blue Max award the 'Pour Le Mérite', was the highest military order awarded to German soldiers in World War One. Attainable across all fronts and forms of warfare, this fine reproduction is complete with the accurate black and silver ribbon.