L016472 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS, 1939 AWARD DOCUMENT. (Eisernes Kreuz II Klasse)

BACKGROUND: On March 10TH 1813, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III established the Iron Cross as a temporary award for bestowal during times of war. Originally the Iron Cross was introduced in three grades with a Grand Cross intended for award to Senior Commanders for successfully leading troops in combat and the First and Second classes for award to all ranks for bravery or merit in action. The Iron Cross’s were reinstituted by King Wilhelm I on July 19TH 1870 for award during the Franco-Prussian War and again on August 5TH 1914, by King Wilhelm II for award during WWI. On September 1ST 1939 Hitler once more reinstituted the Iron Cross series of awards in the First and Second Classes and established the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The second class medal was for award to personnel who performed a single act of bravery in combat.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 8 1/4" x 5 7/8", (21cm x 15cm), mid-weight paper document with black, printed Gothic/Fraktur script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that a, "Obergefreiten Paul Radke" was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class in the field on "20. Dezember 1941". The document bears the authorizing signature by Marshal Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen who is a Knights Cross and Oakleaf recipient. The document shows yellowing typical of age, with wear to the edges.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $144.00

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