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Certificate to Knight's Cross of the 1939 Iron Cross

Certificate to Knight's Cross of the 1939 Iron Cross

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
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LOT 63-1071
EAN 2000000705651
LOT 63-1071
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000705651
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT 63-1071
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000705651
MAKER
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
Certificate to Knight's Cross of the 1939 Iron Cross


Description

Rare certificate to Knight's Cross of the 1939 Iron Cross. Issued on 14. September 1940 to Oberstleutnant Walter Grabmann serving as Geschwaderkommodore with Zerstörergeschwader 76. Signed by Generalleutnant Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf, German Cross in Silver winner. The certificate has two stains on the left side. 

Oberstleutnant Walter Grabmann was credited with 18 aerial victories in 237 combat missions. Of these, 7 aerial victories during the Spanish Civil War in 137 combat missions. He was also awarded the Spanish Cross in Gold and the Luftwaffe Honor Goblet. Promoted to Generalmajor on 1. August 1944.

 


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Historical information

NAME

Knights Cross of the Order of the Iron Cross

DATE OF INSTITUTION

1. September 1939 as the third and new grade of the re-instituted Order of the Iron Cross

AWARD CRITERIA

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy and for outstanding merit in troop leadership. The awarding required the previous awarding of the two lower grades. The Knights Cross was solely awarded by the Führer upon the proposal of the soldiers unit and issued by the Heerespersonalamt. The Knights Crosses were stored at the Ordenskanzlei in Berlin, to be sent to the awardee after approval. There were no Knights Crosses stored at any level of the Wehrmacht before the end of April 1945.

MANUFACTURERS

The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross was produced by seven manufacturers, not including variations amongst the individual companies. The Knights Crosses can be found either unmarked (early Juncker and 3/4 Ring), with a silver content mark, with an LDO number (L/12 and L/52), and later on with the company’s Präsidialkanzlei number (2, 20, 65, and 4). Private sales were forbidden after October 1941.

AWARD NUMBERS

Accurate numbers are not known but the closest estimation is around 7,200, and most likely another couple of hundred on stock at the Präsidialkanzlei.

AWARD DOCUMENTS

The awardee received a preliminary document in A5 format and issued in the name of the Führer by the responsible personnel offices of the three branches of the Wehrmacht. The formal document (Große Mappe) was issued later and only until date of late 1942 / early 1943 due to the huge backlog.

WEARING METHOD

The Knights Cross was worn around the neck on a wider red white and black ribbon which came within the black award case of the Knights Cross.

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