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.