Clasp to the Iron Cross
|Clasp to the Iron Cross
Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz
1939 editions of the Clasp to the Iron Cross
|Awarded by Nazi Germany|
|Eligibility||Military personnel who had already received the Iron Cross (1914) for bravery in battle as well as other military contributions in a battlefield environment.|
|Campaign(s)||World War II|
|Established||1 September 1939|
A holder of the 1914 Iron Cross could be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. To permit the two medals to be worn together, a "1939 Clasp" (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. It depicted a national eagle clutching an oak leaf wreath surrounding a swastika above a trapezoid bearing the year 1939. The clasp was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon. The ribbon was then worn through a tunic button of the uniform. A similar award had been made in 1914 but was quite rare, since there were few in service at that time who held the even earlier 1870 Iron Cross.
For the First Class award, the larger but identical clasp, was pinned directly on the upper breast pocket above the Iron Cross 1st class (1914) of the wearer. This pin-back clasp was usually awarded in a presentation case.
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- Angolia 1987, p. 341.
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- Angolia 1987, pp. 345, 346.