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Ritterkreuz non magnetic?

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    Default Ritterkreuz non magnetic?

    HI does anyone know, i have heard many times that KC some were non magnetic for KM and Luftwaffe?
    Last edited by Adrian; 09-15-2011 at 08:53 AM. Reason: Title changed to use German terminology.

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    Default Re: Knights Cross non magnetic?

    I think this is false. The idea may have come from the notion
    that sea water and sea air would rust the iron cores.

    I've read that the earliest KC's awarded had brass/alloy
    centers - which were not produced for very long,
    as they did not meet specifications............
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by sailorjerry View Post
    HI does anyone know, i have heard many times that KC some were non magnetic for KM and Luftwaffe?
    Hi Jerry,
    This theory is for me, a complete nonsense. The story goes that non magnetic EKs were awarded to Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe personnel to avoid the magnetic core either rusting (in the case of Kriegsmarine) and/or interfering with instruments. There is no proof of this and IMO it is an 'urban legend' which has evolved over the years. There are many cases of magnetic/non magnetic awards being given throughout all branches of service. There is a thread here about the subject which shows two EKs awarded to a member of the Kriegsmarine.

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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    This theory is for me, a complete nonsense.
    I agree..

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    thank you, i have heard this 30 years ago as well and some where in a book many years ago...thanks all

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