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Gents, does anyone know when Mussolini was awarded his Grand Cross of the German Red Cross (1934-37)?

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Peter

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Please allow me to rephrase that to Red Cross decoration 1st class. In addition to this inquiry, what about the DAO Grand Cross (not the Sonderstufe mit Brillanten)?

 

 

 

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Hi Peter,

Why rephrase- Mussolini was awarded the German Red Cross Decoration, Grand Cross, Special Class. ;) Not sure on the date, but I would assume 1936/1937, prior to the creation of the German Eagle Order.

Re: DAO Grand Cross- check the other thread on WAF. I have had a thought about this.

Best
Pierce

 

Edited by P.F.

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Thanks Pierce. Apparently there isn't consensus amongst the various authors whether it should be labelled Grand Cross or 1.class, hence the rephrase (and it cought your attention). I'm just trying to find the pieces of info, in order to build myself a plausible scenario. ;)

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3 hours ago, Claudio said:

http://www.iagiforum.info/viewtopic.php?t=11178

 

In the above mentioned link you will find some of Mussolini's orders that were confiscated during his escape attempt in April 45 to Switzerland. Now they are kept in a safe of the Banca d'Italia...

 

ciao,

 

C

 

Thank you for this link Claudio.

Kind regards
Pierce

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Claudio, thanks for the link, I do wish I knew Italian though. I read two different eye-witness accounts for the events around Mussolini's capture, one Italian partisan and one American soldier who belonged to the first US troops to enter the villa at Como. Non of them shred any light over the existence of the star in question and I'm curoius if there is any "paper-trail" regarding this piece.

 

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