1957 GERMAN IRON CROSS 1st CLASS -
The Iron Cross has long been held as a symbol for bravery in combat, The Germans have been employing it
as an award since the 1800's. The Iron Cross employed during WWII is very similar to that used in
The major differences between the two periods are the dates displayed in the lower arm of the cross
and the absecense of a Swastika in the WWI type.
The award was issued in two primary types:
- First Class - Pin back construction
- Second Class - Award suspended via a ribbon
The item featured here is a post-WWII German Iron Cross first class award. Many of the soldiers who
served during WWII earned the Iron Cross. After the war, some of these soldiers went on and continued
their military service. Since the Swastika was outlawed they could not wear their original awards.
In 1957, the German government approved the manufacturing of the Iron Cross with a new design.
veterans from the war were allowed to wear it.
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The award was issued in a box with a certificate. Additional accoutrements such as ribbons could
be obtained and were authorized for wear by the recipient of the Iron Cross.
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COLLECTING IRON CROSSES
Collecting Third Reich memorabilia is a field that has been growing since the days the GI's rummaged around Europe
bringing back military souvenirs. German soldiers wore many of their awards on their uniforms when they went to battle.
Once the soldier was killed or captured, the American soldiers would take the awards as war trophies. Eventually all
these pieces came back to the United States where military history enthusiasts began to collect them.
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The adjacent table outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of collecting the Infantry Assault badge.
This award is currently being
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality
of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style
and materials employed in the manufacturing of this badge. Attention to the details is critical in
order to be able to determine the authenticity of the badge.
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WWII German Badges and Awards
identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and
Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.