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Knight's Cross with Diamond Recipients, 1941-1945
     

Knight's Cross with Diamond Recipients, 1941-1945

by Gordon Williamson, Ramiro Bujeiro (Illustrator)
 

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Osprey's examination of the recipients of the Knight's Cross with Diamonds award of World War II (1939-1945). On 1 September 1939, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was created by Hitler. It could be distributed to all ranks within any branch of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS or the auxiliary services, and it was the highest award that the Third Reich could offer.

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Osprey's examination of the recipients of the Knight's Cross with Diamonds award of World War II (1939-1945). On 1 September 1939, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was created by Hitler. It could be distributed to all ranks within any branch of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS or the auxiliary services, and it was the highest award that the Third Reich could offer. During the war, new grades of Knight's Cross were added. The Diamonds were introduced on 28 September 1941, and were the next highest grade above the Oakleaves and Swords. Only 27 awards of Diamonds were made during the war creating an elite echelon of war heroes and many of the awards were made for acts of extreme bravery which are detailed in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841766447
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Series:
Elite Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
740,707
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author


Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey.

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