The remarkable early successes of the armed forces of the Third Reich prompted the decision that the supreme decoration for personal valour or outstanding leadership - the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross - was insufficient.
To mark further acts of gallantry a new distinction was created in June the Oak-Leaves clasp. Further decorations in the form of the Swords and, finally, the Diamonds were added.
This second title in our series describes and illustrates a selection of recipients of the Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves between and early , when the Wehrmacht was engaged on all fronts, as well as at sea and in the air. Please review the types of cookies we use below.
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Further decorations in the form of the Swords and, finally, the Diamonds were Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients – On 21 June , as the Wehrmachtstormed forward across the frontiers of the Soviet Union, Hitler instituted a new higher grade of the Knight's.
It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. Load more similar PDF files.