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1939 Iron Cross 1st Class

Olt. Schröder - 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class - L/11

Olt. Schröder - 1939 Iron Cross 1st Class - L/11

LOT 53-1109
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
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LOT 53-1109
EAN 2000000580623
LOT 53-1109
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
EAN 2000000580623
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Germany 1918 - 1945
LOT 53-1109
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000580623
MAKER view maker
WEIGHT
Germany 1918 - 1945
1939 Iron Cross 1st Class


Description

Consigned by the son of the veteran and never available on the market before! Werner Schröder was born in 1917. He joined the RAD in 1938. After finishing his larbor service time he was called to the Luftwaffe and was part of the Poland Campaign. In May 1941, he was shot down as an observer over Crete (Kreta) and has lost one leg. After a long time he needed to recover at a hospital near Munich, he spend the rest of the war as a reserve officer and student.

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L/11 marked Iron Cross 1st Class. Magnetic iron core. Nicely worn. A dent to the upper cross arm. 

Including two scanned portrait photos (when asked via email) of Schröder as a Leutnant as well as a hand-written note of his son. Please see last picture.


Condition
2-
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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