WW2 Original German Cross in Gold in Case of Issue
- Item Source Original
- Army Yes
- Navy Yes
- Air Force Yes
- Marines No
- Special Forces Yes
- Civil No
- Police & Emergency Services No
- Other No
- Item # 2403023
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Original 1941 German Cross in Gold (Deutsches Kreuz in Gold), in original case of issue.
Silver centre area is lightly tarnished, and back is similarly tarnished (see photographs). This award is otherwise in very good condition. Pin, hook and catch are complete and undamaged. Wreath is lightly tarnished, but has very crisp details. It is the four pin variety.
Pin is marked 20.
This award is described in detail in Dietrich Maerz's book The German Cross on pages 204 to 211. It is ascribed to the maker CF Zimmermann of Pforzheim. The gold ring is not standard for this maker, and has a 'Dotted' interior to the 1941 date at the base of the ring. The back and fittings are all standard for this maker. It appears this style ring was used late in the war, presumably after the original ring dies were destroyed in an air raid.
Case is the "Large German Cross Case - Variation III" from the same reference, but this example has a hinge with more segments.
This decoration was added to the Iron Cross/Knight's Cross bravery award sequence in 1941, to make the latter decoration more exclusive. Its very prominent swastika meant it had many soldier bestowed period nicknames. My favourite is Parteiabzeichen für Kurzsichtige (Party badge for the short sighted).
About 26000 of these were awarded in total, with about 10% going to personnel qualified to wear the black tank uniform. Because this decoration was so large and heavy, it was the one most commonly worn in embroidered form on all but parade uniforms. The black backing material means it was tank crew - the only 'fighting' arm to wear a black uniform. Aircraft and vehicle mounted personnel wore the cloth version almost exclusively when in the field or in the air.
The German Cross in Gold was instituted on 28 September 1941. Qualification was -
Member must have Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, but not Knight's Cross of Iron Crosses. Distinguished himself in action a further seven to twelve times (or one major achievement not considered worthy of Knight's Cross).
The Cross is 63.3 mm (2.49 in) wide and 63.0 cm (2.48 in) tall.
The pin is is 49.2 mm (1.93 in) long.
The Case is 107.7 mm (4.24 in) wide, 108.9 cm (4.29 in) deep and 26.8 cm (1.06 in) high.
Badge weighs about 44.2 grams (1.56 oz).
Case weighs about 103.7 grams (3.66 oz).
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