Iron Crosses
Iron Crosses
"Eisernes Kreuz" (EK). On 1 September 1939, the anniversary of the Battle of Sedan during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1, Hitler invaded Poland and, anticipating a major conflict as a result, reinstituted the Iron Cross. More commonly termed "EK", it now officially became a German rather then a purely Prussian decoration and, initially at least, was referred to as an order. During the next six years, the Iron Cross was awarded to German and their allies not only for personal bravery, but also for outstanding military achievements and effective war planning.
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Iron Cross 1st Cl

IRON CROSS 1st CLASS 1939 (#1)

"Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse"

Superb Iron Cross 1st Class. It has perfect detail and construction and comes with correct wide pin and maker marked. It is a heavy quality piece and would enhance any collection. Marked pin "51".

Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 Marked "Eduard Gödach"

Iron Cross 1st Class 1939 Marked "Eduard Gödach and Söhne"

"Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse"
 It is a heavy quality piece marked "51" and "Eduard Gödach and Söhne".
Iron Cross 1st Cl

IRON CROSS 1st CLASS 1939 (#2)

"Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse"

Iron Cross 1st Class. It has good details and construction and comes with correct wide pin marked "51".
Sold to a low price because the swastika is a little lower than original.
Box for Iron Cross 1st class

Box for Iron Cross 1st class

Box for Iron Cross 1st class. Made in leather and black velvet inside. (Iron Cross not incl.)


Iron Cross 2nd Cl

IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS 1939 (#1)

"Eisernes Kreuz II Klasse"

Superb Iron Cross 2nd Class. With ribbon.
It has perfect crisp/sharp details.

Iron Cross 2nd Cl

IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS 1939 (#2)

"Eisernes Kreuz II Klasse"

Superb Iron Cross 2nd Class. With ribbon.

Iron Cross 1st Cl with Bar

IRON CROSS 1st CLASS WITH BAR 1939

Superb Iron Cross 1st Class With Bar. It has perfect detail and construction and comes with correct wide pin. It is a heavy quality piece and would enhance any collection.

1939 BREAST STAR TO THE GRAND CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS IN GOLD

1939 BREAST STAR TO THE GRAND CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS IN GOLD

1939 Breast Star to the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. This is an excellent copy of a prototype award- a specimen of which was discovered in Austria by U.S. intelligence officers at the end of WWII. The original specimen, believed to be the only piece in existence, is now located in the museum of West Point Military Academy. The award consists of a large gilt metal breast star with with an Iron Cross affixed to the centre and has a wide pin on the reverse. A rare opportunity to obtain a copy of this unique award.

1939 BREAST STAR TO THE GRAND CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS IN SILVER

1939 BREAST STAR TO THE GRAND CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS IN SILVER

1939 Breast Star to the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. This is an excellent copy of a prototype award- a specimen of which was discovered in Austria by U.S. intelligence officers at the end of WWII. The original specimen, believed to be the only piece in existence, is now located in the museum of West Point Military Academy. The award consists of a large silver metal breast star with with an Iron Cross affixed to the center and has a wide pin on the reverse. A rare opportunity to obtain a copy of this unique award.

 

BAR TO THE IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS 1939

The 1939 Spange was awarded to those who received either of the first two classes of the Iron Cross in World War I, and would have earned  the same class in the Second World War.  

BAR TO THE IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS 1939

1939 Bar to the Iron Cross 2nd Class. This bar was awarded to recipients of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class who were subsequently awarded the 1939 Iron Cross during WWII. Supplied with Ribbon.
Tapper og Tro

"Tapper og Tro" Medal (The Quisling Cross / The Norwegian "Iron Cross")

"Tapper og Tro" = "Order for Bravery and Loyalty"
Bronze Latin cross with out-turned ends to the arms, crossed swords between the arms, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with ‘Sun Eagle’ symbol of the Nasjonal Samling, being a circular gilt-edged red enamel disc bearing a gold cross, a gilt eagle with wings outstretched above; the reverse inscribed ‘TAPPER OG TRO’ in ‘Nordic’ script. The Cross began life as the ‘Order for Bravery and Loyalty’, instituted by the collaborationist Nasjonal Samling government under Vidkun Quisling to be awarded to Norwegian combat forces on the same basis as the German Iron Cross. Shortly afterwards, however, Josef Terboven, German Reichskommissar of Norway, dictated that only German awards were to be worn by Norwegian collaborationist forces. (Terboven and Quisling has a long history of rivalry and disagreement with Terboven doing his utmost to minimise the influence of Quisling, despite the orders of Adolf Hitler to help build the Nasjonal Samling). The Order was thus awarded for only a very brief period. In 1944, a very few examples had the ‘Sun Eagle’ symbol affixed to the face, covering the date ‘1941’ in ‘Nordic’ script and were awarded to members of the Nasjonal Samling, such awards being referred to as ‘politisk utgave’ (political awards). After Allied victory in May 1945, recipients of the award naturally did everything possible to conceal the fact. As a consequence, it is extremely rare.

IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS 1939 (#3)

"Eisernes Kreuz II Klasse"

Superb Iron Cross 2nd Class with Ribbon. Great "ageed", look like it 65 years old!
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