Original High End Replica German WWII Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Ribbon - Ritterkreuz
Original Items: Only One Available. After the end of WWII, USGI's brought home a multitude of German WWII items, including all types of medals, awards, and other memorabilia. By the 1950s, there was a booming collector's market for these items, and many dealers were making trips to Germany to bring back masses of militaria for the market.
As prices rose and supplies fell, it was somewhat inevitable that replicas would be made, as many were able to locate original dies for casting, and the local areas were happy for the business. Some were obviously fakes, poorly made reproductions with many flaws, which were sometimes comical in appearance. Others take a more discerning eye, and are so well made that after decades, they have become collectible in their own right.
This is one such example, and is a high end reproduction of one of the most desirable of all German WWII Awards, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, usually just called the Knight's cross. This example is in very good shape, and comes complete with the correct tri-color rayon ribbon. It is even of multi-piece construction, just like the originals were.
If you were looking to fill out your German WWII medal collection, and wanted a great looking Knight's Cross replica, this is it! Ready to display!
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), or simply the Knight's Cross (Ritterkreuz), and its variants were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of NSDAP Germany during World War II.
The Knight's Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of military valor. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht: the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force), as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labor Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia), along with personnel from other Axis powers.
The award was instituted on 1 September 1939, at the onset of the German invasion of Poland. A higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, was instituted in 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves were instituted: the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, was created. Over 7,000 awards were made during the course of the war.
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