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This is a German WWII award. Known as the spang First Class. Introduced in September 1st 1939. Issued to individuals who earned the Iron Cross during the First Wold War.

The following is a list of the actions that need to be completed in order to attain the First class Spang.

Num Description
1 To have earned the Iron Cross during the First World War.
2 To have earned the Iron Cross again in during World War Two.
3 To show acts of bravery in combat.

The award was issued in a black box which had a facsimile image of the spang in silver applied to the top of the lid. The box pebbled texture. The award rested on top of a black velvet surface.

The award was presented with a plain citation that had a facsimile of the Iron Cross on top. The signature of the commanding officer is found in the lower section, along with an official stamp and the unit to which the soldier was assigned.

The design consisted of an eagle with spread wings, head looking left, cluthing a circle. The circle is outlined by a wreath. The center of the circle has a swastika and is pebbled. The feet of the eagle are clearly visible and very detailed. A trapeziod shape device is attached below the circle. With a thick border. The main body of this piece is also pebbled. The date 1939 is written in the center with bold numbers.

The biggest difference between the First Class and Second Class spangs is that the first class has a pin in the back instead of prongs. In addition, the chest of the eagle is different in the first class than the second class.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German badges and awards. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German badge worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the badges and awards is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German badges in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  7. Perspective view
  8. Purchasing a WWII German badge

The pin shown in the photogrpah above is of the thick type. There are some examples that have a thinner pin. Some of the spangs were marked in the back with a manufacturing stamp while others were not.

It is hard to determine the exact number of Iron Cross Second Class Spangs that were produced. However, thanks to the record keeping maintained by the Wehrmacht, it is possible to estimate how many crosses were actually issued. The number stands at close to 500,ooo.

The spang was issued to soldiers who received the Iron Cross Secnod Class during WWI and distinguished themselves during WWII.

The actual number of Iron Cross Spang produced is greater than the number that was issue. It must be accounted that the armed forces would have a stock in hand so it could replace lost ones and issue new awards. In addition the factories were likely to have warehouses with inventory at hand. The Iron Cross was one of the awards most widely distributed during WWII.

The population of Germany in 1939 was approximately 64,000,000.

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.

"I am trying to figure out if I should get into collecting Iron Cross Spangs."

Determining which military badges to collect can be a challenging decision. The combination of availabiilty and cost will often set the pace of what can be collected.

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There were several companies that produced the Spang during WWII. Even though the badges may all seem identical there are usually differences among them depending on the manufacturer. In some cases variations are found among the same factory depending on when the Spangs were produced. This section of the site provides different examples of the badge.

WWII German Spang - 1
This is a Spang. The back shows no manufacturing markings. The pin is broken.

This award is currently being reproduced. 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.

If you have an interest is seeing other badges and awards of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Badges and Awards identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine) and Air Force (Luftwaffe) items.


The value for WWII German Combat badges and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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Jan 2nd, 2017
This Spang is in very good condition. High quality construction. The value will go up over time.

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