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1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class

1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class in bag - Wächtler & Lange

1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class in bag - Wächtler & Lange

LOT 47-0276
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
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LOT 47-0276
EAN 2000000469744
LOT 47-0276
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
EAN 2000000469744
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
LOT 47-0276
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000469744
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class


Description

Mint 1939 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Very nice silver finish. Original black paint. Iron core (magnetic). Including the original ribbon and bag of issue. "Wächtler & Lange" maker marked to the back.

 

 


Condition
mint
Historical information

NAME

Order of the Iron Cross 2. Class

DATE OF INSTITUTION

1. September 1939 as the lowest grade of the re-instituted Order of the Iron Cross

AWARD CRITERIA

The Iron Cross was awarded for particular bravery in the face of the enemy and for outstanding merit in troop leadership. The awarding of a higher grade required the previous awarding of the lower grade. Divisional commanders were authorized to award the Iron Cross 2. Class and stocks were kept at divisional level.

MANUFACTURERS

The Iron Cross 2. Class was produced by at least 65 manufacturers, not including variations amongst the individual companies. At least 27 companies sourced the dies from Steinhauer & Lück and show therefore nearly identical features of the frame and core. The crosses can be found either unmarked, with Präsidialkanzlei number (after the end of 1942 / early1943), or with LDO number (rare).

AWARD NUMBERS

Accurate numbers are not known but the closest estimation is around 3.5 - 3.7 Million awarded and most likely 5 - 6 Million manufactured.

AWARD DOCUMENTS

The division issued the award document in the format A5 in the name of the Führer and Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht (after mid-1943 only in the name of the Führer) and was signed by the divisional commander.

The actual cross was only worn on the day of the award. After that day only the ribbon was attached to the second buttonhole of the uniform.

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