Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

At the beginning of the Second World War, the Iron Cross 2nd Class was still highly regarded. In later war years however it was rewarded with much more ease. Still most recipients would wear the award with the same amount of proud ness. The Iron Cross 2nd Class was the first grade within the Iron Cross that was to be obtained for an individual act of bravery.

The official criteria were the individual and single act of bravery in the face of the enemy or actions that were above and beyond the normal call of duty. The approximately three million awarded crosses were obtained by German Military, Axis military and civilian uniformed organisations.

The cross measures 44 mm in diameter and hangs from a ribbon in the colours black white and red. The wide red band in the middle is being flanked by two equal white bands that both again are being flanked by a black band. During the whole war the production was retained with a high quality. On the front side one can find a Swastika and the year 1939, while the obverse contains the year 1813 on the lower arm.

Almost all World War Two crosses were made out of three parts, the Iron core and a silver rim on the front and backside. The two silver rims were welded together, holding the iron core. The core was produced from iron and was blackened. This core made the Iron Cross to be magnetized. Some examples are not magnetized because they were produced with brass or cupper. This version was especially welcome with members of the Kriegmarine. This core lasted longer in the exposure of salty sea water. The rim was supposed to be made from silver, but more common was the use of “German Silver”, a less expensive alloy of cupper, zinc and nickel. At the top a ring was welded to hold the loop for the ribbon. On the loop one can often find the manufacturers name although it is not uncommon that no name is placed. Therefore the absence of the manufacturers name is not a criterion to classify the cross as original or not.

The Iron Cross could be received in two different ways. The most exclusive way was in a leather box. More common was the bleu coloured envelop with in gothic letters the words “Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse”. The presentation was accompanied with a standard document. The receiving was also to be written down in the recipients “Soldbuch”or “Wehrpass”. The document normally didn’t contain the reason for obtaining the Cross, although in some occasions it was written down on the backside of the document.

It was not usual to wear the decoration it self. In stead a ribbon was worn on the left breast of hanging from the second button hole of the tunic in the way of the former Prussian Army.

In 1957 a special version of the cross was produced. On this the Swastika was replaced with an oak leaf. The way military actions of the Second World War could be honoured without the use of the forbidden Nazi-symbols. Most veterans however choose to wear the decoration as a ribbon only. Most 1957 versions are of a lesser quality than wartime examples.

Springer, Heinrich Adolf Leopold* November 3rd, 1914
† October 27th, 2007

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Borchers, Adolf* February 10th, 1913
† February 9th, 1996

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Dadelsen, von, Georg17-11-191825-05-2007 
Dahl, Walther17-03-191625-11-1985more 
Dahle, Hermann07-04-191427-12-1944 
Dahlen, van, Heinrich21-12-1922  
Dahlke, Gerhard02-07-1914  
Dahlmann, Kurt04-03-191829-08-2017 
Dahm, Paul06-06-190428-06-1974more 
Dahms, Paul28-05-191319-03-1988 
Dallmann, Werner07-04-192400-02-1945 
Dallmeier, Josef29-01-191104-07-1982 
Dalwigk zu Lichtenfels, Freih. von, Friedrich-Karl01-04-190709-07-1940 
Dambeck, Johannes07-05-1918 more 
Damerius, Dieter17-04-1924  
Damm, Otto29-05-191416-07-1943 
Damm, Wilhelm11-03-1915  
Dammers, Hans08-12-191317-03-1944 
Damnig, Fritz   
Damsch, Werner22-07-191807-11-1994more 
Dangl, Rupert 00-00-2004 
Daniel, Karl26-06-191629-08-1995 
Daniel, Richard24-12-190004-05-1986more 
Dannapfel, Heinz25-01-1917 more 
Dannebaum, Alfred06-02-191821-10-1999more 
Dannecker, Wilhelm   
Dannenberg, Rolf   
Dannenbring, Willi   
Danner, Dr., Manfred   
Danowski, Franz18-02-191710-10-1944 
Danzer, Hermann25-06-191620-06-1940 
Darchinger, Magda   
Darges, Fritz08-02-191325-10-2009 
Darius, Wolfgang02-04-191118-11-2000 
Darjes, Paul-Friedrich20-03-191120-02-1989 
Darnedde, Erich14-12-190611-11-1996 
Darsow, Lothar15-10-192124-04-1944 
Daser, Edmund01-10-190806-09-1974 
Daske, Karl17-11-1919  
Dassow, Rudolf23-01-192025-08-1944 
Dath, Friedrich26-04-191903-12-2002 
Datz, Arnulf08-06-191931-01-1943 
Daub, Egon 10-05-2008more 
Daubert, Wilhelm   
Daumiller, Hans24-08-191011-01-1942 
Dauner, Klaus03-03-190220-12-1966 
Dauser, Hans31-07-190820-11-2001 
Dauter, Helmut09-08-191930-04-1987 
David, Ernst08-07-192011-08-1943more 
Davidson, von, Heinz29-12-191825-05-2004more 
Dawedeit, Herbert20-05-191403-08-1999 
Debiel, Leo Otto17-11-191409-10-1944 
Debschitz, von, Attila Rüdiger Franz Paul Ernst09-11-1920 more 
Debus, Heinrich30-06-192105-03-1996 
Debus, Otto21-08-191414-10-2000 
Decker, Hermann   
Decker, Paul16-01-1919 more 
Deckert, Hans-Joachim29-10-190405-03-1988 
Deckert, Horst11-10-191812-04-1988 
Dedel, Alfred   
Dedens, Helmut05-03-1922  
Dederichs, Bruno09-04-191108-07-1949 
Deecke, Joachim29-06-191231-10-1943 
Deeg, Dr., Emil28-07-1905  
Deegener, Johannes09-02-190531-07-1943 
Deetz, Friedrich11-09-191608-01-1944 
Degel, Franz07-08-192010-06-1946 
Degen, Günther30-08-191713-03-1945 
Degener-Böning, Karl28-03-1919  
Degrelle, Leon Marie Joseph Ignace15-06-190631-03-1994more 
Dehio, Udo-Walter08-11-191112-02-1944 
Dehmel, Ernst07-04-191507-08-1945 
Deichen, Charly "Kurt"20-04-191427-02-1969 
Deike, Reinhold   
Deiler, Werner   
Deiml, Michael  more 
Dein, Georg 07-10-1943 
Deisenberger, Hermann13-04-191508-07-1998 
Deisenhofer, Eduard27-06-190931-01-1945 
Deiters, Bernhard07-02-192221-10-1944more 
Delica, Egon04-01-191526-04-1999more 
Delp, Gustav30-09-192027-04-1944 
Delrieu, Paul   
Demessine, André05-05-190815-03-1945 
Demme, Rudolf03-06-189405-01-1975more 
Demmer, Heinz   
Dempke, August11-12-191501-03-1945 
Dengler, Heinrich   
Denk, Gustav24-01-191513-02-1943 
Denk, Wilhelm26-01-191530-03-2003 
Denkner, Paul11-07-191920-11-1943 
Dennhardt, Oskar-Hubert30-06-191519-06-2014 
Denninger, Rudolf03-01-191131-03-1945 
Denzel, Robert28-03-192126-06-1943 
Denzlinger, Siegfried   
Deppe, Hans-Werner21-03-192130-12-2009 
Dereschewitz, Ernst09-02-190618-03-1945 
Derzmann, Otto31-08-191418-10-1944 
Deschler, Josef22-04-192214-06-1943 
Detambel, Josef22-10-1914  
Determan, Karel Louis Gerard21-06-191800-00-1943 
Dethleffsen, Erich02-08-190404-07-1980 
Detmers, Theodor22-08-190204-11-1976 
Dettenberg, Werner14-02-191712-09-1944 
Dettke, Oskar01-01-191317-03-1967more 
Dettmer, Heinrich (Artillerie-Regiment 292)30-11-1914 more 
Deutsch, Ernst05-07-1906  
Deutsch, Ferdinand07-02-191015-09-1980 
Deutsch, Heinz21-07-192015-10-1995 
Deutsch, Johann   
Deutschländer, Erich07-01-191004-10-1969 
Deutschmann, Siegfried28-12-191215-09-1986 
Deventer, Hugo10-11-191606-01-1979 
Devers, Hans-Werner25-06-191005-08-1960 
Deyhle, WIlhelm "Willy"18-07-190305-07-1944 
Dibowsky, Hermann   
Dichler, Alfred 31-07-1944more 
Dick, Hans-Peter13-11-1920  
Dicke, Anton25-08-191126-01-1943 
Dickerhof, Karl26-12-191521-09-1943 
Dickfeld, Adolf20-02-191017-05-2009more 
Diddens, Diddo22-04-191727-09-1997more 
Dieckmann, August (Waffen-SS)29-05-191210-10-1943more 
Diederichsen, Jürgen25-11-191030-01-1943more 
Dieding, Hermann   
Diefenbach, Peter   
Diefenthal, Josef05-10-191513-04-2001 
Diekjobst, Heinrich29-08-191515-07-1987 
Diekmann, Adolf Otto08-12-191429-06-1944 
Diekwisch, Erwin-Peter12-08-192020-08-2013more 
Dieling, Horst11-04-192105-01-1944 
Diem, Otto13-10-191708-08-1943 
Dienenthal, Erich17-12-191526-07-1990more 
Dienhold, Johannes23-02-190104-11-1990 
Diepold, Max01-02-192118-08-2001 
Diergarten, Hans05-04-191321-08-1944 
Dieringen, x   
Dierks, Karl-Heinz29-03-191625-01-1979 
Dierksen, Reiner24-03-190815-05-1943 
Diesener, Joachim20-02-191809-03-1994 
Diesing, Ulrich12-03-191117-04-1945more 
Diesinger, Albert29-01-192025-06-1944 
Diest-Körber, von, Ernst-Nordewin13-02-191210-09-2003 
Dietel, Gerhard14-10-192009-02-1942 
Dieterichs, August29-06-1903  
Dietmann, Friedrich   
Dietrich, Gerhard30-04-191710-08-1982more 
Dietrich, Johann05-08-191102-04-1943 
Dietrich, Karl-Heinz15-06-191522-03-1983 
Dietrich, Wilhelm17-11-191212-03-1944 
Dietrich, Willi12-08-1914  
Dietrich, Willi23-03-192130-03-1945 
Dietrich, Willi12-08-1914  
Dietrich, Willi23-03-192130-03-1945 
Dietrich, Willi12-08-1914 more 
Dietsche, Bernhard03-02-191228-01-1975 
Dietz, Edwin-Oskar04-07-191417-07-1941 
Dietz, Friedrich17-05-1924  
Dietz, Valentin12-11-191206-07-1989 
Dietze, Helmut   
Dietzel, Willi06-11-1919  
Dietzsch, Lothar03-09-1919  
Díez de Ulzurrun y Arana, Ramón   
Dill, Valerian27-03-191612-03-2002 
Dilley, Bruno29-08-191331-08-1968more 
Dilz, Fritz01-01-191512-01-1972 
Dinger, Fritz20-08-191527-07-1943more 
Dinkelaker, Ulrich01-11-190417-10-1997 
Dinort, Oskar23-06-190127-05-1969more 
Dinsch, Ernst18-12-191424-02-1945 
Dinse, Otto24-10-1912  
Dipberger, Wilhelm30-05-191810-09-2005more 
Ditter, Hans31-01-191729-01-2011 
Dittfeld, Johannes18-09-190712-09-1944 
Dittlof, Heinrich14-08-191620-02-1945more 
Dittmar, Ludwig   
Dittmer, Joachim26-11-191503-11-1943 
Ditzon, Leo   
Dixius, Karl22-04-191428-05-1962 
Dobberstein, Horst-Joachim  more 
Dobberstein, Werner04-04-191125-02-1993more 
Dobrunz, Günther-Horst22-10-191603-06-1972 
Dodel, Siegfried11-10-1915 more 
Doeinck, Heinz06-04-1909 more 
Doemming, von, Diethelm14-02-191229-04-1945 
Doench, Fritz19-05-190414-06-1942 
Doenicke, Hans-Günther07-08-191801-07-1944 
Doering, Ernst11-12-190708-05-1989 
Doff, Franz12-07-192001-04-1945 
Dohse, Adolf   
Dolfinger, Josef 22-03-1944 
Dollmann, Wolfgang   
Domansky, Hans-Gert   
Domarus, von, Horst03-02-191322-07-1975 
Domaschk, Erich19-05-190814-02-1974 
Domaschk, Joachim20-05-191421-06-1986 
Dombacher, Kurt09-02-192008-10-1993 
Dominik, Ernst20-04-190526-12-1943more 
Dominik, Hans24-11-190610-11-1980 
Dommeratzky, Otto03-05-191613-10-1944 
Dommermuth, Friedrich14-01-1918  
Dommes, Wilhelm16-04-190723-01-1990 
Dommick, Horst Waldemar14-08-191431-12-1979 
Domrich, Otto10-03-191811-08-1943 
Donat, Gottfried22-10-191624-06-1944 
Dondl, Willy21-05-191811-05-1944 
Donhauser, Georg22-08-190901-10-1982 
Donner, Karl   
Donnhauser, Anton08-04-191330-10-1984more 
Donth, Rudolf16-02-192019-06-2001 
Dopf, Gustav  more 
Dorfmeister, Hans09-12-191416-09-1970 
Doriot, Jacques26-09-189822-02-1945 
Dormann, Hermann11-10-191222-01-1943more 
Dornemann, Georg01-11-191008-04-1990 
Dornoff, Alois23-12-191606-04-2002 
Dorr, Hans07-04-191221-03-1945more 
Dorsch, Andreas   
Dorsch, Karl   
Dortenmann, Hans11-12-192101-04-1973 
Dose, Gustav   
Dose, Paul10-02-192113-03-2003 
Doser, Otto08-05-191730-12-1992 
Dosse, Gerhard   
Dost, Herbert22-01-1914 more 
Dous, Willi16-06-191602-09-1941more 
Dowerk, Paul09-02-191023-06-1944 
Drabich-Waechter, von, Adolf-Friedrich27-09-190700-01-1945 
Dratwa, Johannes22-11-191412-08-2003 
Drauschke, Willi  more 
Draxenberger, Sepp27-03-192123-03-1945 
Drechsler, Georg10-04-192002-01-1945 
Drechsler, Gerhard23-12-192027-07-1992 
Drees, Karl-Heinz17-09-192314-07-2008 
Dreesen, Hans   
Dreher, Friedrich   
Dreher, Johann "Hans"30-11-192004-03-1945 
Dreike, Franz-Josef27-10-191024-07-1988 
Drescher, Berthold13-02-1924  
Drescher, Georg-Wilhelm15-02-192006-05-2016 
Dresel, Bernhard05-04-190920-03-1945 
Dresky, von, Hans-Wilhelm27-01-190812-02-1940 
Dressel, Albert15-09-191408-09-1944 
Drewello, Herbert13-07-192314-10-1995 
Drewes, Martin20-10-191813-10-2013 
Drewes, Wilhelm26-05-190714-07-1982 
Drewitz, Hans-Joachim14-11-190711-08-1943 
Drexel, Hans22-11-191912-04-1962 
Drexel, Johann20-12-191909-02-2004 
Drexler, Gottfried10-04-1915  
Drexler, Oskar09-03-191128-01-1982more 
Dreyer, Georg28-07-190304-09-1952 
Drieling, Johannes12-04-191528-10-1943more 
Drieselmann, Helmut   
Driessner, Erhardt   
Drießen, Eduard15-10-1916 more 
Driver, Heinrich10-07-191220-11-1980 
Driver, Helmut08-05-1914 more 
Drolshagen, Franz10-07-191224-06-1965 
Drossel, Leo02-02-190316-07-1983more 
Droste, Hans29-03-191513-07-1976 
Droste, Marga   
Druffner, Alfred28-05-190429-09-1943more 
Druschel, Alfred04-02-191701-01-1945more 
Drünkler, Ernst-Georg08-07-192012-03-1997 
Dröge, Johannes   
Drössiger, Kurt03-08-190803-05-1983 
Dubicki, Albert12-07-192125-10-2009 
Dubigk, Karl08-02-190317-11-1981 
Duckhorn, Arthur   
Dudeck, Gerhard22-12-191305-06-1976 
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Dumitrescu, Petre18-02-188215-01-1950more 
Dumssner, Andreas12-12-192208-10-1949more 
Duncker, Christoph10-12-191407-06-1998 
Dunger, Rudolf   
Dunkel, Konrad14-10-190820-02-1945more 
Dunkel, Rudolf   
Dunkelberg, Hans07-08-191815-10-1999 
Dupuis, André 00-00-1980more 
Dupuyau, Jean   
Durchdenwald, Wilhelm27-06-191417-08-1942 
Durisic, Pavle09-07-190900-04-1945 
Dutter, Franz24-10-191721-11-1996more 
Duve, Werner19-11-191103-03-1945 
Dübler, Rudolf12-10-1921  
Düe, Rolf28-01-191514-04-2005 
Dühnfort, Gustav 19-11-1942 
Dühnfort, Walter  more 
Düllberg, Ernst28-03-191327-07-1984 
Düllberg, Fritz   
Dültgen, Gert01-09-191813-12-1943 
Dümpel, Otto   
Dünchem, Erich  more 
Dünkel, Friedrich07-03-192008-02-1984 
Dünker, Edgar22-08-190229-12-1941 
Dünkler, Joachim08-07-191519-04-1945 
Dünser, Lothar22-04-191814-08-1943more 
Düntsch, Harry28-04-191405-11-1991 
Düppenbecker, Herbert10-02-191601-10-1997more 
Dürbeck, Wilhelm25-01-191219-01-1941 
Dyroff, Adam Franz06-05-191624-03-1998more 
Dürr, Emil11-06-192027-06-1944 
Dürrwanger, Alfred07-04-191523-07-2003 
Düsel, Fritz20-10-192113-11-2013more 
Düster, Arthur   
Düsterberg, Karl07-05-1917  
Düttmann, Peter "Bonifazius"23-05-192309-01-2001more 
Düwell, Klaus03-03-191715-02-1998 
Dziwinski, Ludwig  more 
Dähne, Paul-Heinrich "Sarotti 2"07-07-192124-04-1945 
Döbele, Anton16-11-191011-11-1943 
Döbrich, Hans24-03-191606-04-1984more 
Döhler, Hans-Heinrich05-12-191722-02-1943 
Döhring, Willy23-12-191518-05-1995 
Dölle, Kurt  more 
Dölling, Hans-Wolrad14-02-1916  
Döllner, Franz22-01-1906 more 
Dönnebrink, Alois  more 
Dörffel, Georg27-07-191426-05-1944 
Dörffel, Günther07-04-191006-07-1943more 
Döring, Otto   
Döring, Richard  more 
Döring, Wilhelm "Willi"02-10-191803-08-1955 
Dörmann, Friedrich29-01-190505-06-1999 
Dörnbrack, Werner29-02-191616-03-1981 
Dörnemann, Heinrich "Heinz"19-09-191017-12-2001 
Dörner, Helmut26-06-190911-02-1945more 
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Erwin12-04-1914  
Dörr, Franz10-02-191310-10-1972 
Dörrer, Paul19-05-191927-02-1942 
Dörries, Helmut05-09-191107-01-1980 
Dörries, Josef07-06-192309-07-2007 
Dörschel, Gerhart