(Spanienkreuz)


Date Instituted

14 April 1939


Requirements

Gold with diamonds
* Performing repeated acts above and beyond the call of duty
Gold with swords
* As above, and
* Performing above and beyond the call of duty
Silver with swords
* Taking part in several engagements
Silver without swords
* As above, and
* Performing above and beyond the call of duty
Bronze with swords
* Taking part in combat in Spain
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Bronze without swords
* 3 months of service in Spain


Number Awarded

Gold with diamonds: 28
Gold with swords: 1.126
Silver with swords: 8.304
Silver without swords: 327
Bronze with swords: 8.462
Bronze without swords: 7.869

An additional 315 was awarded of a special next of kin version, the Cross of Honour for Relatives of the dead in Spain (Ehrenkreuz für Hinterbliebene Deutscher Spanienkämpfer)
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Recipients

Holders of the Spanish Cross in Gold with Diamonds


Known makers/markings

CEJ, 4, L/11, L/12, L/13, L/15, L/16, L/18, L/21, L/52
J. Godet u. Sohn (Diamonds and next of kin grades)


Estimated price (2009)

Gold with swords - €2.000
Silver with swords - €1.200
Silver without swords - €1.500
Bronze with swords - €750
Bronze without swords - €750
Next of kin - €2.500


Oberst Hannes Trauloft
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(Courtesy of D.W. Paul)

Panzer soldier with the Spanish Cross
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(Courtesy of KS)

Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma recieving his Spanish Cross
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(Courtesy of William C Stump)


Comments

Photo courtesy of N & T Global Trading & Rob


Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - A collectors guide to the Kriegsmarine
Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Military awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich
Detlev Niemann - Price Guide Germany 1871-1945 (2009)

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