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Iron Cross 2nd cl 1939 - Übergrosse little brother > Germany / Tyskland WW1-WW2 > German WW1-2 Iron Cross / Järnkors  |  
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Item number 6863

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Maker Frank & Reif

Description
Iron Cross second class 1939.

Beautiful cross with a very nice pitch black core and perfect patinated frame.

This is a 'Ubergrosse little brother' cross, 45 mm wide. It's called little brother since these are factory filed down to a regular size ek2.

Three parts and magnetic core.

Maker is unknown but possibly Frank & Reif.

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Järnkors andra klassen 1939.

Härligt kors med en vacker mörkt svart kärna och grymt fint patinerad ram. Tredelat, magnetiskt.

Detta är ett 'Übergrosse little brother' kors, dvs det är 45 mm brett. Dessa kallas little brother eftersom de är fabriksnedslipade varianter av dess storebror.

Tillverkaren av dessa kors är okänd men mycket pekar mot firman Frank & Reif.

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The Iron Cross is indisputably the most historically rich and notorious German award. Its long tradition dates back to 1813, when King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia first instituted the order during the War of Liberation against Napoleon. The cross went on to be suspended from the uniforms of admirable German soldiers in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, and again in 1914 for World War I. Through the sacrifice of the men who earned it, its humble but striking design became synonymous with old world German courage and triumph.

In the new world order where Germany was a pariah after World War I, few reminders of past conflicts could be a source of pride. Still, the old silver and black was reminiscent of gallant Prussian warriors, the great victories of the Bismarck era, and the brave soldiers of World War I; the cross has had an unquestionable aura since it was created. With the opening salvos of World War II, Hitler superimposed his chilling political imagery to this aura, evoking the glory of bygone days. With that act, the 1939 Iron Cross, now forever interlaced with the Third Reich, instantly became one of the most visually powerful and recognizable military awards of all time.


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