"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Ditto, well done......................!
Many thanks for the kind words! I also have an addendum of interest:
Looking again at the second medal bar I had shown in thread # 6 and described as mounted in the wrong (or more precisely, the reverse) order of precedence, I suddenly noticed something about it that was really so utterly obvious I can't believe I hadn't figured it out before:
The ribbons are actually in the correct order of precedence; the problem was just that the bar was upside down with the crosses and medal attached in corresponding wrong orientation!
The decorations are clipped to this bar in non-permanent form (see the reverse picture), which allowed for easy removal in order to wear the ribbons on their own or for cleaning purposes. Thus, I opened the pin, took the decorations off their hooks, turned them around so the other side faced upwards, then clipped them back on and flipped them over to the other edge of the bar.
So, here is the same bar in correct orientation and with the proper mounting now restored:
Last edited by HPL2008; 06-22-2011 at 07:31 PM.
Another tiny update.
First, just for the sake of completeness, a humble ribbon bar for the Frontkämpfer class that I simply had forgotten to include in my earlier postings:
A new arrival: Another court-mounted example of the Frontkämpfer class. Note that the cross has been sewn down with black thread between the laurel wreath and the swords' hilts to keep it from dangling.
God, I love this site.
Great thread! Very educational and nice examples! I have a few myself.
Thank you alot for sharing all this information, your thread is a goldmine of valuable images and knowledge for all of us who want to know more about this awesome medal.
Keep on the good work..
Andreas as always YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!
You must be really addicted with these crosses as you can't stop purchasing more and more.
Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377
Grüss Gott meine Freunde..
I would like to contribute to this fantastic thread even another variety of an "Eisernes Kreuz und Ehrenkreuz mit Schwertern an der Spange".
There are those little crossed swords on the ribbon. Is there something to tell about that? I often see Ehrenkreuze whose ribbons have no little swords attached to it, i guess the Schwerter of the Ehrenkreuz are pretty obvious already that the owner was a warrior.