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B1165 - WWII German EKII, Iron Cross 2nd Class


The Iron Cross is indisputably the most famous and notorious German award. Its long tradition dates back to 1813, by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia. Re-instituted in September 1939 by Hitler with the Iron Cross series of awards. The second class medal was for award to personnel who performed a single act of bravery in combat.

This example is a 1939 pattern, die struck, three piece, iron and alloy construction style cross with a single piece iron core and a two piece alloy frame. Complete with ribbon, the medal is in good condition. The manufacturer is Steinhauer & Lück of Lüdenscheld.

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