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Title Deutsch Kreuz, gold class
Nationality German
Period c 1941

Nice, clean example of the Army variety, with field grey backing cloth and paper reverse. The highest field gallantry award of the German armed forces in WW2, after the Knight's Cross, this award, along with the KC, could be issued to all ranks. The date 1941 is the institution date of the order.

The gold wreath signifies a field combat gallantry award, while the silver variety indicated high performance behind the lines. The Tank Corps awards had a black backing; the Navy had a dark blue; the Luftwaffe a blue-grey; and for summer uniforms there was an example with a white backing. A UV lamp test shows that the centre device is made of either silk or rayon, rather than modern synthetic material. There is a metal version of this, but, on the rare occasions an original is encountered, it is over GBP 1,000.

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

[Militaria : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]


The bayonet has safely arrived this this morning. Thank you very much for professional and highest quality service. Looking forward to do the business again.

S F, UK, 21.04.2012

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005