Panzer Pioneer German Cross In Gold
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Panzer Pioneer Feldwebel German Cross

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Rare Panzer Pioneer Feldwebel in Black wrap around tunic. He is a German Cross in Gold winner. His collars and shoulder boards have the black and white flecked piping.

Pioniers had a huge variety of tasks and capabilities. Clearing mines, laying mines, clearing obstacles, building obstacles, support assault parties with explosives, flame throwers etc…
They were the specialists for such tasks and were attached to the units when needed.

The German Cross / Deutsches Kreuz was instituted by Adolf Hitler on 17 November 1941. It was awarded in two divisions. It was awarded in gold for repeated acts of bravery or achievement in combat. The German Cross in gold ranked higher than the Iron Cross First Class but below the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.

The Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse) was instituted on September 1st, 1939. The soldier had to be a recipient of the Iron Cross 2nd Class and had to perform three to five acts of bravery above the military obligations. There were 450,000 decorations awarded during WW2.

The Panzer Assault Badge in Silver or the Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber was established on December 20th, 1939. The Panzer Assault Badge in Silver was dedicated to tank crews or tank units. Later there was also a Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze established for members of other units of tank divisions.

The prerequisite for awarding were at least three tank interventions or actions in three different days. There were around 22,000 Panzer Assault Badges in Silver awarded.

Wound Badge in Silver / Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber was a German military award for wounded or frost-bitten soldiers of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. The silver was awarded for 3 or 4 wounds.

After March 1943, due to the increasing number of Allied bombings, it was also awarded to injured civilians. It was ultimately one of the most common of all Third Reich decorations, yet also one of the most highly prized, since it had to be “bought with blood”.