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Author Topic: Eiserne Kreuz 1. und 2. Klasse - Iron Cross 1st & 2nd Class  (Read 8208 times)
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« on: 8 November 2008, 08:56:31 »
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Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse u. 1939 Spange Zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse / Iron Cross IInd Class and 1939 Clasp to the 1914 Iron Cross IInd Class
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse u. 1939 Spange Zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse / Iron Cross Ist Class and 1939 Clasp to the 1914 Iron Cross Ist Class

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The youngest person awarded the EK2 was 12 year old Jungvolk-Zugführer Alfred Zeck from Goldenau (Ober-Schlesien) in March of 1945 while at the Oder-Front. He was awarded the EK2 for the rescue of twelve wounded German soldiers under heavy enemy artillery fire.

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« Reply #1 on: 8 November 2008, 08:56:55 »
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SS Rottenfuhrer Andre Lamy

member of the 33. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne (französische Nr. 1)

33. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne (französische Nr. 1) and Charlemagne Regiment are collective names used for units of French volunteers in the Wehrmacht and later Waffen-SS during World War II.
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« Reply #2 on: 19 November 2008, 18:58:40 »
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SS Sturmmann Fritz Christen
3rd Waffen SS division Totenkopf

The first enlisted man in the Waffen SS to receive the Iron Cross first class.
His unit was posted north of Lushno (russia) on the 24th of september 1941.
They took the full brunt of the first soviet armored assault.
During this initial engagement all his comrades (50mm Antitankgun battery) were wiped out, but Christen fought on for 3 days.
When the Totenkopf units counterattacked the town they found him still crouched behind his gun.
In the field in front of his gunemplacement lay about 100 dead Russians and wreckage of 13 Russian tanks.

Christen was awarded by Eicke with the Iron cross first class and recommended for the Ritterkreuz first class.
Christen was flown back to Germany to be decorated personally by Hitler.
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« Reply #3 on: 6 February 2009, 20:09:54 »
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Klein is one of my favorite German propaganda artists; here is his image of the Iron Cross, with gold Oak leaf cluster, on a postcard.
(Several other Klein images from my postcards are found here at WaT.)


* Klein 1939 Iron Cross medal.jpg (24.84 KB, 263x378 - viewed 557 times.)
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« Reply #4 on: 8 February 2009, 01:32:42 »
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Translation of the text on the postcard: "Only one can win, and that's us." (cited from Adolf Hitler)
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« Reply #5 on: 8 February 2009, 17:44:18 »
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thanks, DrVonCool, for the translation.  The card has the quote from November of 1939.
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