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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Knights' Cross with Devices. (Oak Leaves, Oak Leaves w/ Swords, Oak Leaves w/ Swords and Diamonds, Oak Leaves, w/ Swords and Diamonds in Gold.)

Knights' Cross with Devices. (Oak Leaves, Oak Leaves w/ Swords, Oak Leaves w/ Swords and Diamonds, Oak Leaves, w/ Swords and Diamonds in Gold.

The original caption said, "Iron Cross 1st Class'...Germany's highest military medal".  Actually the Knight's Cross was the highest award.. and even it had different grades that could be added to it.

The original caption said, "Iron Cross Class'. Actually the Knight's Cross was the highest award. and even it had different grades that could be added to it.

The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand to hand fighting in close quarters.It came in 3 classes: Bronze, Silver and Gold.Highly coveted, the clasp was valued higher than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.The award came only after extremely close scrutiny.The Gold for example was awarded to only 631 soldiers --out of an approximate total of 18 million.

The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a military award instituted…

Germany WW1 Military Medal Iron Cross 2nd Class EK2 Maker Z Decoration Merit 1914 1918 Kaiser Prussia Award

Germany Military Medal Iron Cross Class Maker Z Decoration Merit 1914 1918 Kaiser Prussia Award

nazi medals | Nazi and German Military Medals of World War 2

Descriptions and pictures of several grades of Iron Crosses, Nazi Party medals, service medals, and other military medals

Iron Cross 2nd Class

Iron Cross of the Wehrmacht (World War II German Army) page of the German World War II Medals, Awards and decorations. An apolitical history site.

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