A nice original WWI German 2-position medal bar featuring the Iron Cross 1914 (2nd class) and the Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 aka "Hindenburg Cross." The suspension ring on the Iron Cross appears to be a replacement and is unmarked. The cross itself is textbook 3 piece construction and magnetic. Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 is maker marked to the reverse "G11".


The Iron Cross (German: Eisernes Kreuz, abbreviated EK) was a military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1871–1918) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). King Frederick William III of Prussia established it on 17 March 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars (EK 1813). The recommissioned Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War (EK 1870), World War I (EK 1914), and World War II (EK 1939).


The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (German: Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914/1918), commonly known as the "Hindenburg Cross" or the German WWI Service Cross was established by Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President of the German Weimar Republic, by an order dated 13 July 1934, to commemorate service of the German people during the First World War.[1] This was Germany's first official service medal for soldiers of Imperial Germany who had taken part in the war, and where they had since died it was also awarded to their surviving next-of-kin.[1] Shortly after its issuance, the government of Nazi Germany declared the award as the only official service decoration of the First World War and further forbade the continued wearing of German Free Corps awards on any military or paramilitary uniform of a state or Nazi Party organization.

WWI German Medal Bar (Iron Cross 2nd Class, Hindenburg Cross)

SKU: GER0048