Clasp to the Iron Cross

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Clasp to the Iron Cross
Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz
1939 editions of the Clasp to the Iron Cross
Awarded by Nazi Germany
EligibilityMilitary 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
Established1 September 1939

The Clasp to the Iron Cross (Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz) was a metal medal clasp displayed on the uniforms of German Wehrmacht personnel who had been awarded the Iron Cross in World War I.[1][2]


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.[2] It depicted a national eagle clutching an oak leaf wreath surrounding a swastika above a trapezoid bearing the year 1939.[2] The clasp was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon. The ribbon was then worn through a tunic button of the uniform.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Künker, Fritz-Rudolf (2010). Künker Auktion 173 - Orden und Ehrenzeichen aus verschiedenem Besitz (in German). Numismatischer Verlag. Retrieved 2015-06-30. p. 40.
  2. ^ a b c d Angolia 1987, p. 341.
  3. ^ Angolia 1987, pp. 345, 346.


  • Angolia, John (1987). For Führer and Fatherland: Military Awards of the Third Reich. R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0912138149.