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Eisernes Kreuz ID; Which Class?

Article about: You of course have a Eisernes Kreuz - II. Klasse (Iron Cross, 2nd Class) - the other two are in sequence: Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit Schwertern - II. Klasse (War Merit Cross with Swords, 2nd C

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    You of course have a Eisernes Kreuz - II. Klasse (Iron Cross, 2nd Class) - the other two are in sequence: Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit Schwertern - II. Klasse (War Merit Cross with Swords, 2nd Class) a later production made of Feinzink AND Winterschlacht im Osten, the so-called East Medal for service on the eastern front from 1941-1942, Operation Barbarossa basically - also made of Feinzink. All are without ribbons.



    Kriegsverdienstkreuz - II. Klasse mit Schwertern:

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    The Iron Cross looks just great the way it is


    Hochachtungsvoll,

    Kenneth S-H.
    Last edited by KSH; 12-25-2011 at 03:44 AM.

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    Exactly as Kenneth says! All are original awards. There is a makers mark on the Kriegsverdeinstkreuz, is it '122'?

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    The mark is 127

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    Actually, I do have the ribbons...They were loose in the bottom of the box...

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    Congrats Steve! You have some very nice original medals there !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Nice medals, Steve!

    Regards

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    Thanks for all of the assistance...This is pretty exciting...I am preparing a small display of my dad's WWII stuff and now I can label these medals with confidence...(Even using the German terminology!)

    I do have one problem, though...I'm afraid I might have caught some sort of bug...I really want an EK 1st Klasse now!

    How would I go about even beginning to search for one? Don't want to get ripped off!

    Oh, this is bad, very bad....

    Thanks again,

    Steve

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    Quote by LTCSZ View Post

    Oh, this is bad, very bad....
    Yes, it is. There is no cure......

    Anyway if you spot an EK you are interested in, post some pics on the forum first.

    Regards

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    Steve, I caught that bug a while ago and believe me there is NO cure

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Hi Steve and welcome to the forum.
    Nice medals
    I was wondering did your dad ever tell the story of how he acquired these during his combat days ? And did he bring back anything else?
    Merry xmas
    Rod

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