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Requirements What were the requirements for Iron Cross first and second class?

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Requirements for Iron Cross first and second class

What were the prerequisites for being awarded an Iron Cross first or second class?

Were there stricter requrements for getting an Iron Cross 1st class than an Iron Cross 2nd class?

What happened when a soldier, already having the Iron Cross 2nd class, performed an act that would give him another one?

Could the Iron Cross be awarded multiply?


What I gathered up to now:

  • The Iron Cross was awarded regardless of rank, i.e. from enlisted men up to officers
  • Having already Iron Cross 2nd class was required for being able to be awarded the Iron Cross 1st class
  • There were much less Iron Crosses 1st class awarded than Iron Cross 2nd class
  • The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery