SPANISH CROSS IN BRONZE

Original Spanish Cross in Bronze (Spanienkreuz in Bronze) by unknown maker in blue presentation box.  Manufactured in bronze crisp detail consisting of Maltese Cross with Luftwaffe eagles clutching Swastika in the centre.

The reverse comes complete with original barrel hinge with illegible recipients name inscribed measuring; H56mm x W56.5mm.

Product ID: 550

£1,200.00

1 in stock

Description

SPANISH CROSS IN BRONZE

During the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Germany offered military aid to Francisco Franco’s Nationalist forces, with the formation of the Condor Legion.

On the 14th April 1939, Germany instituted the Spanish Cross decoration for both combatants and personal who assisted with the Spanish Civil War. The award came in three classes gold, silver, and bronze.  The silver and bronze classes were awarded without swords for military personal and civilians that had served for three months’ service in Spain without experience.

The Spanish Cross in bronze with swords was awarded to combat troops who served in the front line, for those who took part in decisive battles were awarded the silver version.

The Spanish Cross with swords in gold was awarded to soldiers who displayed great merit in combat, with only 1126 issued.  For those who displayed exceptional leadership and bravery during the campaign the Spanish Cross with Swords in gold with diamonds was awarded only 28 of which were bestowed in total, one such recipient included Adolf Galland Luftwaffe flying ace.

Additional information

Weight22.72 kg