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

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

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Faber, von, Wilhelm   
Fabian, Heinz-Otto01-03-191816-09-1990 
Fabian, Otto   
Fabich, Maximilian "Max"08-09-191407-08-1988 
Fabinger, Heinz  more 
Fabritius, Albert31-01-191412-06-2001more 
Fach, Ernst06-07-191215-05-1943 
Fackler, Siegfried25-08-191426-07-1944 
Faderl, Dr., Josef   
Faforke, Theodor14-12-1902  
Fahrenberg, Wolfgang26-09-190830-07-1971 
Fahrenholz, Alfred04-11-191721-05-1989 
Fahrion, Wilhelm12-10-1893  
Falck, Karl   
Falck, Wolfgang19-08-191013-03-2007 
Falk, Ernst27-10-192028-06-1998 
Falk, Wilhelm 16-07-1942more 
Falke, Hans16-06-1920  
Falkenhayn, von, Günter16-09-192003-01-1944 
Falkenstein, Freiherr von, Sigismund14-09-190302-06-1972 
Falkenthal, Dr., Horst   
Famula, Günther14-12-191522-04-1944 
Fanderl, Georg06-08-191704-01-1953 
Fankanowsky, Edwin   
Farnhammer, Josef   
Fasel, Lothar15-04-1915  
Fasel, Walter07-06-1919 more 
Fassbender, Alfred13-01-1912  
Fassong, von, Horst-Günther27-04-191901-01-1945 
Fasterding, Wilhelm   
Fatalibeyli, Abdurrahman12-06-190822-11-1954 
Fath, Fridolin01-05-190817-03-1987 
Faulhaber, Josef19-11-1919  
Faulhaber, Markus22-07-191411-05-1945 
Faulmüller, Klaus Georg21-06-191725-10-1943 
Faulstich, Ludwig   
Faust, Fritz23-10-1910  
Fechner, Fritz16-12-191306-04-1990 
Fechner, Heinz13-12-192003-02-1945more 
Fechner, Hermann (WH-Gren.Rgt. 413)   
Fechner, Konrad01-11-191827-07-2013 
Fecht, von der, Karl-August03-10-191404-08-1976 
Fecia di Cossato, Carlo Conte  more 
Feddersen, Johannes   
Federwisch, Heinz 27-05-2014 
Fege, Kurt19-12-1912  
Fegelein, Hermann-Otto30-10-190629-04-1945more 
Fegelein, Waldemar09-01-191220-11-2000 
Fehlbaum, Franz   
Fehler, Johann-Heinrich20-09-191015-05-1993 
Fehlhaber, Erwin27-07-1911  
Fehr, Erich11-12-190513-07-1944 
Fehre, Siegfried05-06-191723-01-1944 
Feichtenschlager, Ferdinand12-01-192629-05-1944 
Feiertag, Heinz20-12-1914  
Feiertag, Paul20-08-191630-11-1999 
Feiler, Gerhard06-09-1909  
Feiler, Karl   
Feils, Gisbert   
Felbinger, Erich   
Felder, Paul10-09-191907-09-2012 
Felder, Wendelin24-06-191523-10-1943 
Feldkamp, Heinrich14-08-191313-02-1985 
Feldmann, Alfred20-02-191514-01-1943 
Feldmeijer, Johannes Hendrik30-11-191022-02-1945 
Feldt, Gustav Waldemar Klaus14-04-191207-09-2010more 
Felgenhauer, Rudolf11-03-190908-06-1990 
Felgenhauer, Waldemar09-02-191416-11-1963 
Feller, Fritz18-06-191605-01-1945 
Feller, Georg-Wolfgang09-07-191523-03-1991 
Fellerer, Leopold07-06-191915-07-1968 
Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer07-05-191814-10-2001more 
Fellmann, Erich20-04-191514-01-2004 
Fellmer, Reinhold   
Fels, Alfred22-08-190709-07-1996 
Fels, Konrad09-04-192008-03-2006 
Felsche, Heinz  more 
Felscher, Wilhelm   
Felser, Walter   
Felten, Peter05-11-192226-04-1980 
Felzmann, Maximilian22-04-189408-06-1962 
Fendesack, Hans21-01-191416-08-1944 
Fenet, Henri-Joseph11-06-191914-08-2002 
Fengewisch, Karl10-03-1922  
Fengler, Franz23-11-1914  
Fenn, Heinz-Konrad20-07-1918  
Fenski, Günther02-01-190723-11-1941 
Fenski, Horst-Arno03-11-191810-02-1965 
Fenzl, Friedrich "Fritz"11-01-190901-08-1942 
Fernau, Hans-Georg29-12-191724-02-1973 
Ferro, Otto24-01-191124-12-1943 
Feser, Raimund   
Festner, Heinz  more 
Fett, Hans21-04-191502-02-1985 
Fett, Helmut23-12-190323-02-1944 
Feuerer, Alois17-02-191005-07-1944 
Feuerer, Karl Peter04-12-191712-03-1944 
Feuker, Gerhard20-04-190630-11-1942 
Feurle, Otto 16-04-1943 
Feurstein, Valentin18-01-188508-06-1970more 
Feussner, Wilhelm09-02-191304-09-1943 
Fey, Wilhelm "Willy"25-09-191829-04-2002 
Feßmann, Fritz25-12-191311-10-1944more 
Fick, Ernst13-08-191227-07-1942 
Fick, Jacob17-01-191222-04-2004 
Fickel, Helmut27-11-192106-04-2005more 
Fiebig, Erich Walter Herbert26-01-191327-02-2000 
Fiebig, Gerhard08-03-1918  
Fiederer, Wilhelm13-09-190616-09-1942 
Fiedler, Alexander10-08-192204-10-1970 
Fiedler, Hans17-07-191116-05-1957 
Fiedler, Hans01-12-191906-07-1997 
Fiedler, Hans17-07-191116-05-1957 
Fiedler, Hans01-12-191906-07-1997 
Fiedler, Hans17-07-191116-05-1957 
Fiedler, Johann28-04-192223-09-1999 
Fiedler, Walter26-04-192630-04-1945 
Fieghofer, Karl28-10-1916  
Fiesel, Mathias29-12-1917  
Filius, Ernst20-07-191630-03-1944 
Fils, Rudolf   
Filusch, Josef   
Fimmen, Kurt04-05-191106-05-2001 
Findewirth, Siegfried01-09-191412-09-1943more 
Finger, Karl-Heinz   
Fink, Günter17-03-191815-05-1943 
Fink, Josef   
Fink, Karl-Heinrich01-04-192223-04-1980more 
Fink, Kurt   
Finke, Andreas27-04-191302-09-1944 
Finke, Friedrich   
Finke, Heinz08-02-192007-12-1996more 
Finselberger, Robert   
Fircks, Freiherr von, Friedrich08-11-191530-08-1944 
Firfas, Franz   
Fischbach, Adolf06-08-192016-11-1972 
Fischel, von, Unno05-11-191512-01-1942 
Fischer, Alfred14-12-190728-07-1945 
Fischer, Edgar26-07-192320-08-1943 
Fischer, Erich (Sturm-Regiment 14)01-12-192029-10-1966 
Fischer, Erwin14-08-191210-12-1996 
Fischer, Franz (Führer-Begleit-Division)00-00-1915  
Fischer, Gerhard (Waffen-SS)12-11-192201-01-2013 
Fischer, Gerhard (WH-Panzer)00-00-1915 more 
Fischer, Hans (WH-Pz.Gren.Rgt 6)   
Fischer, Hans-Heinz07-04-191100-05-1980 
Fischer, Heinrich   
Fischer, Heinz (LW-Sturzkampfgeschwader)22-05-191726-10-1942 
Fischer, Hermann (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader 1)28-02-192011-07-1943 
Fischer, Hugo   
Fischer, Johann   
Fischer, Karl-Heinz (KM-Vorposten)23-07-191312-08-1993 
Fischer, Klaus   
Fischer, Kurt   
Fischer, Siegfried27-11-191826-03-1998 
Fischer, Wilhelm   
Fischer, Wilhelm14-11-191700-05-1945 
Fischer, Wilhelm   
Fischer, Wilhelm14-11-191700-05-1945 
Fischer, Wilhelm   
Fischer, Wilhelm14-11-191700-05-1945 
Fischer, Willy   
Fischer, x   
Fitz, Josef-August20-01-191001-01-1977 
Fitzek, Josef24-03-191318-11-1982 
Fitzner, Karl04-07-191508-07-1943 
Fitzthum, Josef14-09-189610-01-1945 
Fixson, Klaus   
Fjeld, Alf   
Flachs, Bernhard18-03-191208-12-1944 
Flad, Eugen (WH-Füsilier)12-03-192124-10-2002 
Flad, Kurt03-03-191529-01-1996 
Flebbe, Rudolf04-06-192223-10-1945 
Flechner, Willi29-04-190828-08-1942 
Flechsig, Gerhard20-11-191917-05-2008 
Fleddermann, Werner   
Fleer, Hermann08-04-1917 more 
Fleige, Karl05-09-190516-02-1975 
Fleischer, Rudolf21-07-191513-12-1991more 
Fleischmann, Georg24-01-191430-04-1940 
Fleischmann, Ludwig14-03-191530-06-2005 
Flemming, Bruno   
Flex, Hermann05-08-191009-03-1943 
Fließbach, Joachim   
Fließbach, Peter28-02-191721-03-1944 
Flor, Gerhard   
Fluhs, Friedrich26-08-191200-07-1944more 
Flügel, Hans13-02-191901-03-1989more 
Flügge, Josef06-05-1909 more 
Flögel, Josef19-10-191924-01-1997 
Fobker, Herbert20-07-192231-12-1943 
Fock, Grete   
Fock, Wilhelm21-10-191310-12-1995 
Folkers, Ulrich06-03-191506-05-1943more 
Foltin, Ferdinand30-11-191618-05-2007 
Fondermann, Otto31-12-190505-04-1980 
Forbeck, Rudolf   
Forderer, Friedrich   
Forst, Josef11-06-192321-10-1944more 
Forstar, Chrysant07-06-191312-04-1943 
Forster, Michael   
Forster, Michael15-04-192028-09-1944 
Forster, Michael   
Forster, Walter   
Forstmann, Gustav10-06-190802-02-1985 
Forstpointner, Ferdinand   
Forstreuter, Hans-Boto01-11-191207-10-1986more 
Fort, von le, Peter28-07-1899  
Fortun, Horst04-03-191706-07-1943 
Fougier, Rino-Corso14-11-189424-04-1963more 
Fox, Rudolf  more 
Fraatz, Georg-Werner30-03-191715-02-1943 
Frach, Hans07-03-191505-11-2004 
Franck, Hellmuth   
Francsi, Gustav-Eduard04-11-191406-10-1961 
Frank von Hausen-Aubier, Hilmar08-09-1912  
Frank, Anton-Otto18-03-191208-03-1945 
Frank, Fritz  more 
Frank, Hans-Dieter08-07-191927-09-1943 
Frank, Heinz12-12-191407-10-1944more 
Frank, Heinz-Werner06-08-1905  
Frank, Oskar   
Frank, Reinhard   
Frank, Rudolf19-08-192027-04-1944more 
Frank, Werner   
Franke, Einhard Hans Friederich Georg21-04-191508-07-1943more 
Franke, Erwin   
Franke, Frithjof   
Franke, Hans-Otto   
Franke, Heinz (3. Unterseebootsflottille)30-11-191505-04-2003 
Franke, Herbert28-12-191614-06-1972 
Franke, Horst   
Franke, Kurt13-06-1913  
Franke, Leo16-05-191417-09-1991more 
Franke, Martin30-01-192527-07-1944 
Franke, Max21-02-191519-11-1986more 
Franke, Rudi   
Franken, Wilhelm August11-09-191413-01-1945more 
Frankenfeld, Erwin12-09-1920 more 
Frankl, Alois Albert16-11-192005-11-1987 
Frantz, Peter Ulrich24-07-191711-03-2001more 
Franz, Egon19-07-1921  
Franz, Johann   
Franz, Ludwig03-09-191505-07-1944 
Franz, Roland21-02-192003-09-1944 
Franzisket, Ludwig26-06-191723-11-1988 
Franzke, Hans  more 
Frauenheim, Fritz Hermann Günter09-03-191228-09-1969more 
Frauscher, Franz26-02-192017-06-1990 
Frech, Ferdinand 00-11-1944more 
Freckmann, Helmut23-01-1917  
Fredericksen, August31-07-191528-09-1944more 
Fregin, Erich16-05-191304-06-2008 
Freiberg, Kurt05-09-191600-00-1944 
Freimanis, Andrejs   
Freischheim, Severin29-04-191016-01-1988 
Freiwald, Kurt   
Freiwald, Kurt29-10-190612-12-1975 
Freiwald, Kurt   
Freiwald, Kurt29-10-190612-12-1975 
Freiwald, Kurt   
Freiwald, Kurt29-10-190612-12-1975 
Frenzel, Günther19-03-191912-03-2011 
Frese, Karl   
Freudenreich, Otto   
Freuwörth, Wilhelm "Willi"04-11-191705-12-1970 
Frevert, Hermann   
Frewer, Karl21-07-190806-03-1945more 
Frey, Albert16-02-191301-09-2003more 
Frey, Emil (WH-infanterie-Regiment109)26-07-190901-08-1941 
Frey, Harry21-01-191411-07-1943 
Frey, Ludwig22-09-191421-12-1943 
Frey, Michael 31-10-1945 
Freyer, Joachim18-04-190826-05-1998more 
Freyer, Siegfried11-02-1917  
Freytag, Otto   
Freytag, Siegfried "Justav"10-11-191901-06-2003 
Fricke, Ernst-August11-05-191109-11-1943 
Fricke, Karl10-06-1921  
Friebel, Herbert28-07-191515-05-1944 
Friedberg, Johann17-06-1923  
Friedeberg, Fritz15-02-1920  
Friedel, Herbert10-06-191722-07-1990 
Friederici, Jens-Detlef12-07-191504-08-1983 
Friedhoff, Siegfried25-11-1920 more 
Friedmann, Theodor20-09-190310-01-1942 
Friedrich, Alfred   
Friedrich, Erich (WH-Panzergrenadier)15-07-191401-10-1983more 
Friedrich, Gerhard (Nachtjagdgeschwader 6)16-09-191716-03-1945 
Friedrich, Gerhard (Panzergrenadier-Regiment 13)17-10-190908-05-1945 
Friedrich, Max31-05-192128-04-2007 
Friedrich, Max30-03-1918  
Friedrich, Max31-05-192128-04-2007 
Friedrich, Max30-03-1918  
Friedrich, Max31-05-192128-04-2007 
Friedrich, Max30-03-1918  
Friedrich, Richard Gustav20-03-190625-06-1944 
Friedrich, Waldemar   
Fries, Herbert01-03-192506-01-2014 
Frimberger, Adolf31-01-1919  
Frimersdorf, Josef21-11-191920-09-1944 
Frink, Helmut28-06-191928-08-1943 
Frisch, Helmut03-02-1907  
Fritsch, Alfons19-06-1925  
Fritsch, Heinz22-12-192005-07-1945 
Fritsche, Hans-Martin24-06-190927-05-1993 
Fritzler, Heinz07-01-191525-03-1992 
Fritzsche, Immo16-12-191814-12-1943 
Frohnauer, Hans 19-09-1944 
Frolov, Ivan Denisovich00-00-190600-00-1946 
Fromm, Ernst15-07-191425-04-1945 
Fromm, Walter02-02-191027-04-1999 
Fromme, Rolf00-00-191401-07-1992 
Frommhold, Franz   
Fronzeck, Gerhard   
Frosch, Horst   
Frost, Rupert09-10-191120-08-1986 
Frost, Willi02-04-191524-01-1945 
Frydag, Freiherr von, Harro   
Frühauf, Carl-Heinz14-02-191418-04-1976 
Fröbel, Hans-Roland03-10-1921  
Fröbel, Karl12-09-1918  
Fröhlich, Bruno20-10-191316-12-1942 
Fröhlich, Georg  more 
Fröhlich, Karl22-12-191422-08-1986 
Fröhlich, Kurt09-03-191913-10-1990 
Frömming, Ernst (Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 1)04-02-191118-08-1959more 
Fröse, Fritz   
Frötel, Robert   
Fubel, Karl06-11-1916  
Fuchs, Anton (WH-Panzergrenadier)10-10-1912  
Fuchs, August07-12-191515-12-1990 
Fuchs, Ludwig09-05-1918  
Fuchs, Max  more 
Fuchs, Rudolf (8. Zerstörerflottille)02-11-191220-11-1944 
Fuchs, Rudolf (Grenadier-Regiment 42)27-04-191927-02-1998more 
Fuchs, Siegfried04-09-191611-04-1944 
Fuhr, Werner25-05-1924  
Fuhrhop, Helmut07-10-191229-02-1944 
Fuhrmann, Hans-Georg18-12-191418-11-2008 
Fuhrmann, Nikolaus07-02-191425-12-1944 
Fulda, Wilhelm21-05-190908-08-1977 
Funk, Alois07-09-190602-06-1975 
Funk, Hans18-10-191422-05-1941 
Funk, Heinrich08-04-191013-01-1988 
Fuß, Gerhard   
Fuß, Hans19-09-192010-11-1942 
Füllgrabe, Heinrich26-07-191630-01-1945 
Fürguth, Benedikt26-01-191523-10-1943 
Fürst, Rudolf16-04-1920  
Fütterer, Bernhard04-04-191022-01-1963 
Fütterer, Robert11-03-1911  
Färber, Franz   
Fönnekold, Otto15-02-192031-08-1944 
Förschl, Karl16-03-191502-04-1945 
Först, Hermann   
Förster, Hans-Joachim20-02-192024-02-1945more 
Försterling, Eckhardt   
Förstl, Johann 18-08-1944