German Decoration for Bravery and Merit of the Eastern People First Class in Gold-These were awarded in two different classes (First and Second) at three different levels for second class, (Bronze, Silver, Gold) for both bravery (with Swords) and service (without Swords) to Russian volunteers fighting under German leadership. However, there were just two classes for the first class. This example is Gold, first class, with swords which is the highest level. The finish is mostly missing, present on the pin, with minor wear only. The pin functions properly. A good example!