Posted 6 years ago
This WW I Iron Cross was found in a junk box at a garage sale. It still has the original full length ribbon attached, along with the original pin. On the obverse is a Prussian crown, a W, which represents Kaiser Wilhelm, and 1914, which is the year that the war started. The reverse again has a Prussian crown over an FW, which stands for Fredrich Wilhelm III, a sprig of oak leaves, and the year 1813, the year Germany fought the French army, led by Napoleon. The manufacturers code is stamped into the suspension ring. In the photo, the Unteroffizier is wearing his newly awarded Iron Cross 2nd class in the prescribed manner, which is through the second buttonhole of his tunic.