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Title Iron Cross, 2nd class, 1914
Nationality German
Period c 1914-18

The Iron Cross was instituted in 1813 for the campaign against Napoleon. At the start of the Great War, the 1914 version was created as it had been for the war of 1870 against France.

Many millions of these crosses were made, but the rarity is in the ribbon, which sadly fluoresces under a UV lamp, which means, almost certainly, that it is of modern origin.

The non-combatant ribbon would have accompanied the cross when it was awarded to non-combatant personnel, such as nurses and those deemed to have performed a gallant act outside the immediate combat sphere. The cross itself is not in brilliant shape, a fair amount of its paint work having been lost over the years. However, the appearance is not unpleasant and the ribbon is in excellent shape, as you would expect for a modern copy!

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

[Militaria : Medals : German : 20th Century]


On Saturday they arrived the badges, very good, great service.

F A, Spain, 02.11.2009

Received the Porte-feu..nice piece!

B F, Ireland, 25.09.2007