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Title Deutsch Kreuz in gold, cased
Nationality German
Period 1941-5
Sold

This was instituted in Sept. 1941 to recognise bravery of the combat forces above that required for the bestowal of the Iron Cross 1st Class, but not up to that required for the award of the Knights Cross. Approx. 30,000 were awarded, of which the Army and Waffen SS received approx. 17,000, the Luftwaffe and the Navy approx. 13,000.

This example is made by C.F. Zimmerman of Pforzheim (the number '20' stamped on the pin is the LDO number which gives the maker). Typically, these pieces were made by some half dozen jeweller quality manufacturers, the ordinary badge manufacturers not being up to making stuff of this complexity.

The piece is in excellent condition (the photos, through a little excess lighting, don't do it complete justice) and weighs 44g (the lightweight version). The paper covering of the box is in places somewhat fragile and damaged on the front of the lid, but at least it is an original box.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[MILITARIA : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]

testimonials

I have received the dirk and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for delivering this in a professional and timely manner.

S M, Australia, 19.07.2010

...acquiring this bayonet has completely changed my way of thinking on collecting bayonets. I have become extremely fond of the bayonet... Thanking you once again for the very professional way in which you handled the money [going to the wrong account] problem.

P J, South Africa, 04.02.2006

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