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1939 Iron Cross 1st Class (100) in case of issue

1939 Iron Cross 1st Class (100) in case of issue

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER Rudolf Wächtler & Lange
WEIGHT
LOT
EAN 2000000552927
LOT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000552927
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER Rudolf Wächtler & Lange
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000552927
MAKER Rudolf Wächtler & Lange
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
1939 Iron Cross 1st Class (100) in case of issue


Description

Unworn 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class. Three-part construction. Magnetic iron center. 100 maker marked to the reverse of the pin. Made by Wächtler & Lange,

Excellent white "frosty" finish to the frame.

Including its matching case of issue. Opening and closing correctly. Case with minor signs of age.

Extremely hard to upgrade!


Condition
1
Historical information

NAME

Order of the Iron Cross 1. Class

DATE OF INSTITUTION

1. September 1939 as the second 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 1. Class and stocks were kept at divisional level.

MANUFACTURERS

The Iron Cross 1. Class was produced by at least 26 manufacturers, not including variations amongst the individual companies. The crosses can be found either unmarked, with Präsidialkanzlei number (after the end of 1942 / early1943), or with LDO number for private purchase.

AWARD NUMBERS

Accurate numbers are not known but the closest estimation is around 800,000 - 900,000 awarded and most likely double the number produced.

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.

WEARING METHOD

The cross was worn on the left breast pocket above any Wound Badge and war badges.

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