Nothing leads me to see a military connection to this
I don't think this is a military chaplain's cross at all...Every Chaplain's Cross I've ever seen, both Allied & Axis, have been all-metal construction...BTW, the skull and bones are a familiar feature on old Catholic crosses and headstones...
Not military issue.
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Neither of the two crosses seen above is a military issue chaplain's cross; both are civilian in nature.
The first one is a typical Sterbekreuz [lit. "dying cross"]. These were traditionally placed in the hands of the dying and usually buried with them, which is why they were made of relatively cheap materials.
Christ conquered hell which then became his footstool which is the reason why the skull is at the bottom of the cross and not seen above him. For other readers just in case they are reading that the skull in no way signifies anything related to the Third Reich or anything totenkopf.
I have no intentions of religious derailment of this thread but the question was asked and it was answered. Regards Larry
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