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Title Iron Cross, 1st class, 1939
Nationality German
Period c 1939-45
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The 1st and 2nd class crosses were the classic WW1 & 2 gallantry awards, instituted in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was awarded originally by the Prussian king, but later by Kaiser Bill to all the German armies in the field, also to his allies (the Turks and Austrians). There is an LDO number on the pin for Steinhauer & Luck.

Approximately 300,000 to 750,000 awards of the 1st class cross were made during WW2 and the standard of gallantry required was somewhat higher than that expected during WW1 and two or three times higher than that required for a 2nd class cross.

The medal has a centre made of iron and a two-piece rim usually made of 800 silver, with a silver back. Its condition is excellent, with the bulk of its original paintwork.

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[Militaria : Medals : Third Reich : Wehrmacht]

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Just to let you know that the kukri arrived today safe and sound, many thanks for sending it so quickly. I'm more than pleased with this kukri, I'm so glad I spotted it on your website as I don't think I've ever seen another one like it for sale anywhere.

Once again many thanks and I hope to do business with you again in the future.

D D, UK, 11.10.2014

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

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