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The Balkan Kreuz

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    Default The Balkan Kreuz

    Hi, last night i was watching a program about the Teutonic Knights.
    I wonder, the black cross used by them, is the predecessor of the known Balkan Kreuz used by the German Army?

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    Nuno
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    Default Re: The Balkan Kreuz

    It is a possibility, the Knights Hospitaller had similar symbols. There were so many Feudal orders that used crosses it will probably be hard to tell.
    Morris

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    Default Re: The Balkan Kreuz

    Basically, it's a stylized version of the Iron Cross, which was in turn derived from the symbol of the Teutonic Knights.

    On the risk of appearing to be pedantic, can I just add that it drives me up the wall everytime I read the term "Balkan Kreuz". It's called Balkenkreuz (= "beam cross" or "bar cross"). It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Balkans.

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