Original German WWII Wehrmacht 2nd Class Iron Cross with Award Document and Breast Eagle
Original Items: One-of-a-kind grouping. On March 10TH 1813, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III established the Iron Cross as a temporary award for bestowal during times of war. Originally the Iron Cross was introduced in three grades with a Grand Cross intended for award to Senior Commanders for successfully leading troops in combat and the First and Second classes for award to all ranks for bravery or merit in action. The Iron Cross’s were reinstituted by King Wilhelm I on July 19TH 1870 for award during the Franco-Prussian War and again on August 5TH 1914, by King Wilhelm II for award during WWI. On September 1ST 1939 AH once more reinstituted the Iron Cross series of awards in the First and Second Classes and established the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The second class medal was for award to personnel who performed a single act of bravery in combat.
This award document example approximately, 8" x 5.5, (20cm x 14cm), mid-weight paper document with black, printed Gothic/Fraktur script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that, Soldat August Buhre was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, in Kassel, Germany, on the 7th of May 1943. The document bears the authorizing signature of a Generalleutnant (Lt. General), the Der Stellv. Kommandierende General des IX. Armeekorps, the Deputy Commanding General of IX. Army Corps. The document shows yellowing typical of age.
Included is Buhre's Iron Cross 2nd Class medal in excellent condition, along with the hanging ribbon. Also included is an original breast WW2 Breast eagle.
The IX. Armeekorps operated in Germany and France until 1941, when it was transferred to the Eastern (Russian) front, where it remained until the end of the war. This EKII was awarded during that time.
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