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
Haacke, Paul06-12-1914  
Haackert, Günter   
Haaf, Herbert   
Haag, Heinz19-12-191805-04-1994 
Haas, Johann   
Haas, Robert25-03-191423-12-1944 
Haas, Walter21-04-191418-08-1944 
Haase, Ernst   
Haase, Hans Eberhard21-01-191930-07-1942more 
Haber, Georg   
Haberda, Helmut03-02-192208-05-1943 
Haberl, Franz   
Habermann, Karl31-01-191423-02-1944 
Haberstroh, Fritz17-05-192114-02-2002more 
Habicht, Theodor   
Hachfeld, Wilhelm Helmut Axel20-09-191402-12-1942 
Hack, Franz03-02-191509-06-1997more 
Hackbarth, Willi17-12-192127-07-1944 
Hackenschmidt, Herbert   
Hacker, Willi   
Hackl, Alois10-07-191428-01-1942 
Hackl, Anton25-03-191509-07-1984 
Hackl, Leopold29-06-191615-11-2010 
Hackl, Martin06-01-192022-09-2006 
Hackl, Otto29-08-191421-07-1944 
Haderecker, Hermann27-04-191505-08-2001more 
Hadler, Wilhelm   
Hadorf, Friedrich   
Haedge, Karl-Ludwig14-07-1923 more 
Haeften, von, Werner09-10-190820-07-1944 
Haeger, Gerhard   
Haehnel, Wilhelm13-12-1914  
Haellmigk, Hartwich06-10-190026-01-1972 
Haen, Rudolf Melchior Arthur Maria12-03-191509-05-1945more 
Haeuseler, Helmut29-01-191625-02-1945 
Hafen, Heinz18-04-1917 more 
Haffke, Fritz25-04-1914  
Hafner, Anton02-06-191817-10-1944 
Hafner, Walter   
Hafner, Wilhelm   
Hagedorn, Willy12-10-1919  
Hagen, Günther   
Hagena, Gottfried31-08-191211-06-2014 
Hagenah, Walter05-10-191918-03-2013 
Hagenah, Wilhelm   
Hagenau, Karl-Heinz31-08-191900-00-1993 
Hagenow, von, Gustav   
Hagl, Andreas21-04-191128-07-1944 
Hagmayer, Wilhelm   
Hagt, Paul   
Hahl, Fritz25-12-1922  
Hahlbohm, Adolf 13-02-1945 
Hahn, Fritz (Aufklärungsgruppe 13)24-11-191911-02-1944 
Hahn, Hans21-02-191911-10-1941 
Hahn, Hans "Assi"14-04-191418-12-1982 
Hahn, Hermann22-04-191816-10-1991 
Hahn, Hermann (WH-Inf.Rgt. 163)   
Hahn, Konrad   
Hahn, Ulrich   
Hahn, Walter11-04-191431-01-2002 
Hahn, Walter   
Hahn, Walter11-04-191431-01-2002 
Hahn, Walter   
Hahn, Walter11-04-191431-01-2002 
Hahn, Walter   
Hahn, Walter11-04-191431-01-2002more 
Haiböck, Josef28-02-191703-07-2002 
Haidn, Karl  more 
Haiges, Willy   
Hain, Horst  more 
Haine, Kurt   
Hainle, Adolf15-03-191422-05-1942 
Hainle, Walter03-06-191501-01-1995 
Hainzinger, Johann 14-01-1944 
Haiss, Adolf  more 
Haizmann, Richard Robert29-04-191924-02-1943more 
Haiß, Erwin   
Haißmann, Josef 05-04-1944 
Haker, Theodor "Bubi"29-12-192028-07-1944 
Halasz, Hans   
Halbauer, Kurt   
Halbeck, Heinrich21-02-190900-00-1945 
Halbrock, Friedrich-Ernst17-02-1917 more 
Halder, Gustav27-10-191700-00-2009 
Haldimann, August17-02-1919 more 
Hallauer, Helmuth04-02-190424-06-1941 
Halle, Frode15-03-190610-01-1995 
Hallensleben, Rudolf02-06-191619-04-1945 
Haller, Franz   
Hallström, Swen   
Halm, Günter27-08-192226-09-2017 
Halmbacher, Johann   
Halmes, Heinz  more 
Halmschlag, Heinrich   
Halse, Per Weien 28-00-0000 
Hamacher, Adolf09-02-191327-04-1944more 
Hamader, Josef11-12-191320-10-1944 
Hamader, Wilhelm   
Haman, Albrecht   
Hamann, Herbert   
Hambeck, Josef03-12-190503-09-1944 
Hamberger, Karl05-04-191700-01-1945 
Hamburger, Michael05-09-191412-08-1989more 
Hamel, Heinz27-11-191400-02-1945 
Hamer, Reino29-08-191624-07-1992 
Hamester, Bernhard21-10-191322-04-1945 
Hamke, Hans   
Hammel, Kurt  more 
Hammer, Alfred "Martello"   
Hammerich, Willi (WH-Grenadier-Regiment 501)17-12-192121-11-2010 
Hammerl, Karl15-08-191802-03-1943 
Hammerschmidt, Josef27-02-192324-01-2015 
Hammes, Josef00-00-191431-01-1945 
Hampe, Herbert10-10-191313-09-1999more 
Hampel, Franz   
Hampel, Wilhelm   
Hamsun, Arild03-05-191416-03-1988 
Handke, Günther (WH-Geb.Art.Rgt. 85)   
Handke, Werner   
Handrick, Gotthardt25-10-190830-05-1978 
Hanebuth, Paul   
Hanff, Herbert22-02-1913  
Hanichl, Ludwig   
Hanisch, Gerhard   
Hankamer, Wolfgang08-07-192014-01-1945 
Hanke, Hans13-03-191213-08-1981 
Hanke, Karl24-08-190308-06-1945more 
Hanke, Wilhelm07-08-1912  
Hannappel, Hans29-12-191226-08-1943more 
Hanne, Erich19-03-192005-09-1942 
Hanne, Walter   
Hannig, Horst13-11-192115-05-1943 
Hannig, Max   
Hanrath, Franz12-04-191408-06-1944 
Hansen, Karl-Heinz04-02-1923  
Hansen, Max31-07-190807-03-1990more 
Hansen, Willi  more 
Hantsch, Gottfried   
Hantsch, Herbert   
Hanusch, Erwin30-08-191016-08-1944more 
Hany, Engelbert   
Hanzig, Georg08-06-1921  
Happe, Ludwig Hans Hermann03-07-191301-01-1995 
Harbich, Adolf   
Hardegen, Reinhard18-03-191309-06-2018more 
Harder, Dietrich   
Harder, Hans-Werner 00-00-1944 
Harder, Jürgen Hans Eberhard13-06-191817-02-1945 
Harder, von, Ernst04-01-1910  
Hardt, Anton   
Hardt, Gerhard-Engelbert03-02-191800-00-1993 
Haremsa, Alfred   
Harlinghausen, Martin17-01-190223-03-1986more 
Harm, Karl   
Harmel, Heinz29-06-190602-09-2000more 
Harmeling, Josef15-02-1902  
Harms, Johann   
Harnack, Martin28-02-192103-06-1984more 
Harnisch, Werner  more 
Harniss, Johannes   
Harpe, von, Richard19-08-191702-03-1945 
Harre, Wilhelm   
Harster, Dr. jur., Wilhelm21-07-190425-12-1991more 
Hart, Werner   
Harteis, Georg   
Hartelt, Wolfgang28-11-192428-01-2009 
Hartenstein, Werner27-02-190808-03-1943more 
Harthan, Lorenz04-01-191307-01-1976 
Harting, Helmut   
Hartisch, Rudolf   
Hartl, Ludwig27-10-191216-10-1943 
Hartling, Theodor17-09-191814-05-2008 
Hartmann, Bernhard   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961 
Hartmann, Heinz   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961 
Hartmann, Heinz   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961 
Hartmann, Heinz   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961 
Hartmann, Kurt (16. Armee)14-10-191030-08-1944 
Hartmann, Lothar   
Hartmann, Lothar (WH-Gren.Rgt. 212)   
Hartmann, von, Hans-Harald   
Hartmann, Walter (WH-Panzergrenadier)28-11-191502-08-1965 
Hartmann, Werner (KM-U-boot)11-12-190226-04-1963more 
Hartmann, Werner (WH-Pi.Btl. 8)24-04-191801-06-1993 
Hartog, Hinderikus   
Hartroth, Kurt   
Hartrumpf, Johannes10-12-190913-09-2010 
Hartwig, Karl   
Harzen, Helgo   
Harzer, Walter (Waffen-SS)29-09-191229-05-1982 
Hase, von, Karl-Günther15-12-1917  
Hasenbeck, Günter31-07-1919  
Hasenjäger, Max06-05-191423-04-2003 
Hasewinkel, Hermann   
Haslböck, Wilhelm16-05-192025-08-1944 
Haslinger, Franz Xaver21-04-191224-05-1944 
Hass, Ferdinand19-10-1921  
Hasselberg, Rudolf   
Hasselmann, Willi   
Hassold, Junghans   
Hatlapa, Peter   
Hatting, Wilhelm28-07-1921  
Hatzl, Josef   
Hauber, Artur   
Hauck, Werner   
Hauff, von, Ulrich18-04-191903-01-1944 
Haug, Alfred18-01-191206-03-1945 
Haug, Anton   
Haug, Erwin  more 
Haug, Karl 25-07-1943 
Haugk, Helmut24-02-191428-01-1992 
Hauk, Werner   
Haukelt, Edgar30-03-192114-03-1993 
Haun, Helmuth16-10-191526-11-1941 
Hauschild, Ernst   
Hauschildt, Hermann   
Hauschildt, Werner19-03-1911  
Hauser, Franz   
Hauser, Freiherr von, Paul24-04-191101-04-1999more 
Hauser, Hans (Waffen-SS)31-01-191621-11-2001 
Hauser, Hellmuth24-02-191605-09-2004 
Hauser, Walter  more 
Hausmann, Karl10-01-191227-07-1997 
Hausner, Wilhelm   
Hauswald, Karl   
Hauswirth, Friedrich   
Hauswirth, Wilhelm   
Hauswurz, Horst 00-00-2014more 
Haverkamp, Fritz   
Havik, Johan "Joop"05-05-192321-09-1997 
Hax, Heinrich24-01-190001-09-1969 
Haxter, Wilhelm11-11-191412-03-1970 
Haxthausen, von, Elmershaus21-02-191515-11-1985more 
Haß, Valentin  more 
Hebben, Hermann   
Hebeker, Ernst   
Hebel, Dietrich   
Heber, Gerhard   
Hechelmann, Heinrich Günter August06-10-191209-10-1973 
Hechler, Ernst21-11-190723-10-1965more 
Hecht, Johann08-04-191020-07-1944 
Heck, Walter   
Heckel, Hartmuth12-07-1915  
Heckel, Heinz   
Hecker, Heinrich   
Heckers, Alfred   
Heckmann, Alfred "Fred"14-06-191421-07-1993 
Hedde, Klaus-Peter29-11-1913 more 
Heder, Eberhardt30-06-191818-11-2017more 
Heep, Josef   
Heer, Wilhelm   
Heerling, Karl   
Heesemann, Wolfgang29-01-190606-02-1945 
Heesen, te, Paul 09-01-1945 
Heesen, von, Albert21-01-1914 more 
Hegemann, Günther   
Hegemann, Hugo18-03-1915  
Hegenbarth, Friedrich   
Hegerl, Richard13-01-1915  
Hegewald, Rudolf14-03-192006-03-2003 
Hegg, Johan F.   
Heiber, Klaus   
Heichele, Josef15-10-191408-11-2001more 
Heid, Friedrich   
Heidbreder, Werner   
Heidelberg, Otto   
Heidemann, Gerhard   
Heidenreich, Horst   
Heider, Wilhelm18-03-1917  
Heidl, Erich   
Heidler, Heribert   
Heidrich, Alfons12-09-191512-11-2009 
Heidrich, Richard   
Heidschmidt, Joachim19-01-191025-02-2003 
Heidtmann, Hans08-08-191405-04-1976 
Heigl, Josef   
Heiland, Hans22-06-191722-03-2008 
Heilbronn, Gerhard20-10-190804-05-1945 
Heilig, Jacob   
Heilmann, Ludwig09-08-190326-10-1959more 
Heilmann, Walter26-10-191212-09-1942 
Heim, Bernhard   
Heim, Herbert (schwere Panzer-Abteilung 504)14-09-1919  
Heimann, Heinrich17-09-191520-08-1944 
Heimbächer, Jakob21-03-1905  
Heimerl, Karl   
Heimhilger, Anton20-12-1917  
Heimsath, Heinrich07-10-191207-09-1943 
Heimsath, Paul00-00-191900-00-1982more 
Hein, Franz   
Hein, Gerhard09-07-191606-06-2008 
Hein, Werner   
Hein, Willi26-04-191725-10-2000more 
Heindl, Anton23-01-190828-11-1941 
Heindl, Josef10-03-190410-09-1943more 
Heine, Fritz27-09-1917  
Heine, Werner30-07-191413-02-2002 
Heine, Wolfgang   
Heinemann, Andreas19-07-1923  
Heinemann, Anton29-01-192127-08-2017 
Heinemann, Fritz31-01-1917  
Heiner, Engelbert05-06-191418-03-1945 
Heininger, Franz06-03-191929-04-1944 
Heinitz, Horst   
Heinke, Martin26-04-191915-03-1945 
Heinkel, Hugo21-07-191427-11-1985 
Heinlein, Anton   
Heinlein, Walter 04-05-2014 
Heinrich, Günther20-01-1920  
Heinrich, Helmut   
Heinrich, Herbert24-09-191825-02-1993 
Heinrich, Horst02-05-191805-08-1996 
Heinrich, Paul   
Heinrich, Waldemar   
Heinrich, Walter   
Heinrich, Willi11-10-1914  
Heinrichs, Hermann   
Heinrici, Hans-Joachim16-04-191808-10-2011 
Heinrici, Wolfgang   
Heins, Walter   
Heintze, Erich27-09-191611-08-1998more 
Heinz, Adam   
Heinz, Gustav00-00-191504-09-1943more 
Heinz, Heinrich   
Heinz, Werner   
Heinze, Fritz   
Heinze, Hans   
Heinze, Hans (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Heinze, Horst08-05-192027-05-1965 
Heinze, Otto22-04-191129-05-1978 
Heinzmann, Georg01-06-191001-07-1970 
Heinzmann, Leonhard12-10-1921  
Heising, Dr., Helmut  more 
Heiss, Fritz  more 
Heitkamp, Johann   
Heitmann, Karl (KM-Uboot)   
Heitzmann, Andreas   
Helbig, Joachim10-09-191505-10-1985more 
Held, Heinz   
Held, Helmut   
Heldmann, Johann06-02-190909-12-1974 
Heller, Fritz (WH-Pz.Abt. 103)   
Heller, Hugo12-02-191520-05-1944more 
Heller, Kurt   
Heller, Rudolf   
Hellfritsch, Walter   
Hellige, Gerhard   
Hellinger, Helmut29-10-1917  
Hellmann, Josef   
Hellmann, Paul13-03-188919-02-1964more 
Hellmer, Ernst   
Hellmers, Johannes23-10-191815-12-1999 
Hellmuth, Heinz   
Hellwig, Erwin02-08-1906  
Hellwig, Gunter   
Hellwig, Hans   
Hellwig, Martin02-04-1913 more 
Hellwig, Werner   
Helm, Otto   
Helmbold, Reinhard   
Helming, Hans29-04-1913  
Helmling, Hans10-11-190604-12-1943 
Helpup, Hermann   
Hemberger, Rudolf   
Hemeter, Wilhelm05-02-191826-06-1944 
Hemker, Josef   
Hemmerich, Erwin16-07-191510-03-1945 
Hempel, Werner   
Hengelhaupt, Heinz   
Hengl, Georg   
Hengl, Raimund   
Hengst, Erich   
Hengstler, Friedrich11-07-191309-02-1998 
Hengstler, Richard13-04-190925-01-1979more 
Henke, Friedrich "Fritz"21-06-1921  
Henke, Werner13-05-190915-06-1944more 
Henkel, Erich   
Henkenschuh, Hans30-08-191901-06-1981more 
Henle, Hermann10-07-191616-03-2008 
Henn, Ewald08-03-191121-03-1943 
Henne, Fritz   
Henne, Walter   
Hennecart, Lucien00-00-190800-00-1996 
Hennemann, Konrad Ferdinand01-03-192004-07-1942 
Hennemuth, Emil   
Hennig, Herbert  more 
Hennig, Kurt   
Henning, Hans-Bernhard   
Henning, Horst31-01-1920  
Henning, Karl   
Hennings, Eberhard31-01-191228-04-1942 
Henrich, Christoph20-10-1918  
Henrich, Robert   
Henschel, Boris   
Hensel, Liselotte   
Henseler, Wilhelm   
Henselmann, Joachim   
Hente, Jan-Werner  more 
Hentsch, Wilfried   
Hentschel, Otto   
Henz, Wilhelm01-10-191530-01-1943 
Henze, Hans   
Henze, Karl20-01-191625-09-1985 
Heppeler, x   
Herb, Wilhelm (Infanterie-Regiment 517)24-03-191311-09-1942 
Herbert, Josef10-01-191629-06-1976 
Herberth, Willi07-03-1925 more 
Herbst, Erhard13-03-191311-07-1968 
Herbst, Heinrich   
Herböck, Hans   
Herder, Gerhard   
Herfurth, Heinz-Friedhelm28-07-191412-02-1972 
Herget, Wilhelm30-06-191027-03-1974 
Herkelmann, Rudolf01-03-191329-10-1976 
Herkner, Erich07-07-191517-01-1945 
Herling, Wilfried07-06-192028-11-1943 
Herlt, Ernst26-12-1916  
Hermani, Heinrich   
Hermann, Anton18-08-1921  
Hermann, Garold   
Hermann, Helmut06-06-191703-08-2008 
Hermann, Horst30-08-191819-09-1993more 
Hermanns, Christian 26-01-1944more 
Hermes, Othmar25-11-192512-01-2014 
Hermes, Wilhelm   
Hermichen, Rolf-Günther25-07-191823-05-2014 
Herold, Wilhelm "Willi"13-01-191514-01-1986 
Herpolsheimer, Horst03-10-1920 more 
Herr, Anton   
Herre, Heinz Danko  more 
Herrlau, Walter  more 
Herrle, Friedrich-Georg13-08-191004-05-1945 
Herrmann, Adolf02-07-1919  
Herrmann, Arno   
Herrmann, Benno04-01-191807-02-1999 
Herrmann, Georg (WH-Div.Füs.Btl. 79)   
Herrmann, Hans-Joachim "Hajo"01-08-191305-11-2010more 
Herrmann, Kurt (Waffen-SS)22-10-1919  
Herrmann, Max   
Herrmann, Wilhelm   
Hertel, Rudolf (WH-Art.Rgt. 240)   
Hertel, Rudolf (WH-Inf.Rgt. 213)   
Hertel, Rüdiger26-08-191927-08-1995more 
Hertle, Josef   
Hertling, Freiherr von, Felix04-06-1920  
Hertwig, Hubertus28-03-191425-01-1944 
Hertz, Willi   
Herwig, Hans-Erich24-09-191312-02-1998 
Herzbach, Max17-01-191402-05-2002more 
Herzer, Heinz03-02-191407-09-1944 
Herzhoff, Walter   
Herzig, Friedrich "Fritz"18-07-191523-01-1954 
Herzner, Hans-Albrecht06-02-190703-09-1942 
Herzog, Dietrich   
Herzog, Ernst   
Herzog, Hans-Georg10-09-191220-07-1959 
Herzog, Karl06-07-190625-01-1998more 
Herzog, Konrad   
Herzog, Wolf-Dieter   
Hess, Ernst31-08-191829-11-1991 
Hess, Franz Friedrich27-07-191011-08-1942 
Hess, Hans-Georg06-05-192329-03-2008 
Hess, Willi   
Heszelényi, József Vitez14-07-189802-06-1945 
Hettinger, Franz28-07-191306-06-1946 
Hetzenauer, Matthäus23-12-192403-10-2004 
Heubach, Robert30-04-1914  
Heubel, Willem Johannes "Wim"07-06-191028-04-1945 
Heuberger, Hans07-01-191417-07-1944 
Heublein, Fritz   
Heuer, Heinrich   
Heuer, Heinz02-03-191806-01-2002more 
Heuer, Konrad   
Heuer, Robert09-11-191625-10-1951more 
Heuer, Werner06-07-191812-02-1945 
Heuermann, Herbert   
Heureuse, d', Werner   
Heuschkel, Herbert   
Heuser, Werner   
Heusmann, Fritz   
Heusner, Friedrich   
Heute, Wilhelm11-05-191403-07-1944more 
Heutling, Helmut23-04-191829-06-2004 
Hey, Friedrich   
Heydebrand und der Lasa, von, Ernst-Oskar26-12-192129-06-2002more 
Heydebreck, von, Georg-Hennig27-12-190312-04-1976more 
Heydebreck, von, Wedig   
Heydel, Hugo10-01-1907  
Heydemann, Emil29-10-1902  
Heydemann, Günther11-01-191402-01-1986 
Heyden-Rynsch, Freiherr von der, Gisbert26-04-191130-08-1942 
Heydrich, Reinhardt "Reinhard"07-03-190404-06-1942more 
Heydte, Freiherr von der, Friedrich-August30-03-190707-07-1994 
Heyduck, Werner05-02-191102-05-1945 
Heyen, Johann26-02-191813-12-1976 
Heyen, Martin24-01-1914  
Heyen, von, Heinz