Vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class Screwback
The Iron Cross was a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1871–1918) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). It was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia in March 1813 backdated to the birthday of his late wife, Queen Louise on 10 March 1813. Louise was the first person to receive this decoration, albeit posthumously. The Iron Cross was normally a military decoration only, although there were instances of it being awarded to civilians for performing military functions.
In order to receive the Iron Cross 1st Class, Heer and Waffen SS men who already held the 2nd Class Cross, would have to perform three or four further acts of courage from the one that earned him the 2nd Class. The 1st Class of the Iron Cross was presented more scarcely than the 2nd class, and logically holds a higher level of stature than the 2nd class cross. The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine had the following criteria; the award was regularly awarded to U-boat Commanders upon sinking 50,000 tons and to Luftwaffe pilots when they achieved six or seven confirmed kills. These were only guidelines however, as a single act of great importance or a long steady career could earn the individual the Cross.
This beautifully recreated medal is die-struck in one piece, with an antiqued silver finish and black painted center. A must for reenactors or collectors alike.
Vaulted 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class with screwback attachment.
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