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Was the correct name for the Hindenburg Cross the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkampfer? I want to start a new section on my site and also to start a makers mark database here for the HK's, (I have 27 different makers so far) but I'm not sure as to the proper name of the award? I'm guessing the English translation for that is Honour Cross for Combatants or something similar? Also, just to push my luck, could anyone help me with the correct German names for the three different classes? Mit Schwerten für (combatants), Ohne Schwerten für (non-combatants) Ohne Schwerten für (widows?). Forgive my clumsly attempts at German! laugh.gif I have 23 swords, 2 no swords and 2 widows so far, and growing!

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Was the correct name for the Hindenburg Cross the Ehrenkreuz f?r Frontkampfer? I want to start a new section on my site and also to start a makers mark database here for the HK's, (I have 27 different makers so far) but I'm not sure as to the proper name of the award? I'm guessing the English translation for that is Honour Cross for Combatants or something similar? Also, just to push my luck, could anyone help me with the correct German names for the three different classes? Mit Schwerten f?r (combatants), Ohne Schwerten f?r (non-combatants) Ohne Schwerten f?r (widows?). Forgive my clumsly attempts at German! :lol: I have 23 swords, 2 no swords and 2 widows so far, and growing!

Weltskreig Ehrenkreuz (World War Honour Cross)

Fur Frontkampfer (Combatants) with swords

Fur Kriegsteilnehmer (Non Combatants) without swords, light bronze

Fur Hinterbliebene (War Widows) without swords, dark bronze.

A nice and relatively inexpensive series to collect with loads of different makers, Urkunde (bestowal documents) and packets of issue for these crosses are quite plentiful and inexpensive, I would go for some of those, I do not know how many variants there are (I'm sure someone on this forum has a good idea) but it is a collecting field which should keep you out of mischief for a while.

Hope this helps,

All the best,

Paul

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Hi Troy, I believe the widow's version is "Ehrenkreuz fur Elten" or so it says on the award doc that came with my cross

regards

Alex

Alex :beer: your's would more correctly translate as "Honour Cross for Parents", Elten = Elders, a widow was a "Witwe" in German.

I have heard it commonly refered to as the "Honour Cross for those left behind."

Kevin in Deva. :cheers:

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Well, to make it 100% proper, you'll need a Native speaker, I fear ... ;)

The topic is "Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918", and the three versions (actually not "classes") are:

- "Ehrenkreuz f?r Frontk?mpfer";

- "Ehrenkreuz f?r Kriegsteilnehmer";

- "Ehrenkreuz f?r Witwen und Eltern".

The last one was awarded to the soldier's parents or(!) to his widow, so neither "Elternkreuz" nor "Witwenkreuz" is the right term, as it may be the one or the ohter.

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Alex :beer: your's would more correctly translate as "Honour Cross for Parents", Elten = Elders, a widow was a "Witwe" in German.

I have heard it commonly refered to as the "Honour Cross for those left behind."

Kevin in Deva. :cheers:

Hi kevin, you may well be right, my german ain't what it should be. I do have a cross for the next of Kin with the award document,on it, it does say Fur Elten, so I assume that it may well have gone to parents rather than widow.

thanks for the correction.

regards

Alex

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Hi,

the complete name for the 3rd version is:

Ehrenkreuz f?r die Witwen und Eltern gefallener, an den Folgen von Verwundung oder in Gefangenschaft verstorbener oder verschollener Kriegsteilnehmer.

On the documents you can only find:

Ehrenkreuz f?r Frontk?mpfer

Ehrenkreuz f?r Kriegsteilnehmer

Ehrenkreuz f?r Witwen

Ehrenkreuz f?r Eltern

Regards

Uwe

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Thanks everybody! Uwe, this must be the second longest award name ever!

Ehrenkreuz für die Witwen und Eltern gefallener, an den Folgen von Verwundung oder in Gefangenschaft verstorbener oder verschollener Kriegsteilnehmer.

What does that mean in English please?

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These are a great item to collect and I have now made them the main focus of my collecting. So far I have around 60 of the crosses over the three versions. To my mind, it's the non coms and widows crosses that I think look the best. So far I have managed to establish about 160 different maker marks, eliminating mis-reads and verifying by sight the majority of them. My pride and joy are three cassed examples, two in the orange/red cases and another in the tortoiseshell effect case.

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These are a great item to collect and I have now made them the main focus of my collecting. So far I have around 60 of the crosses over the three versions. To my mind, it's the non coms and widows crosses that I think look the best. So far I have managed to establish about 160 different maker marks, eliminating mis-reads and verifying by sight the majority of them. My pride and joy are three cassed examples, two in the orange/red cases and another in the tortoiseshell effect case.

I agree! With the great variety of maker marks, I can definitely see this as a very rewarding area for focus!

Paul

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These are a great item to collect and I have now made them the main focus of my collecting. So far I have around 60 of the crosses over the three versions.

Alright Martin - the race is on! :D Down 60-27, can the pride of Sydney come back from behind and catch the pride of Essex? Game on!

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Guest Martin Burr

Alright Martin - the race is on! :D Down 60-27, can the pride of Sydney come back from behind and catch the pride of Essex? Game on!

Current tally now Troy is over 100 !!

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And of course the autographs on the award documents are often VERY interesting. In the remarried-widow's cross Urkunde that Uwe shows above (I was not aware that a remarried-widow COULD wear an award from a PREVIOUS husband! :speechless1: )

Police President of Wandsbek "Hinkler" was

Paul Hinkler. Born 1893, member of the NSDAP since 1922. Gauleiter of Halle-Merseburg 1926-31. Police President of Wandsbek since 1933. Member of the Reichstag since 1936. Transferred as Police President to Wuppertal just before the war in 1939 and retired from there in 1943 (? why .... :rolleyes: ) with the nominal rank of SA- Gruppenf?hrer.

Aside from the endless varieties of local stamps and issuing authorities, it would also be fun to collect all 4 types of documents issued by the same authority with the same signatures.

The award documents are far more interesting than the Crosses. :catjava:

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Documents: Theme= The 3 Hanseatic Cities

BREMEN

(WWI Reserve Officer, about to transfer from the LaPo back to the Wehrmacht as an educational Beamter)

HAMBURG

(survived the "Little Big Horn" style extermination of his regiment in 1917)

L?BECK

(already in the secretly re-arming undeclared Wehrmacht)

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Not thrilling enough? How about Theme = War Criminal-To-Be Signs For A Victim Of The Nazi Regime?

Here we have the autograph of the 7th senior Police General in Germany (1941)/ 99th senior (1942)/113th senior (1944)SS General?

Otto von Oelhafen (1886-19??) served in the Bavarian Field Artillery from 1905, transferred to the Bavarian Landespolizei, chose not to rejoin the army with the mass of his colleagues, and went into Schutzpolizei and joint SS service.

Joined the Nazi Party only when mandated to keep his job, 1 May 1937 # 4,736,616 but had no problems hitching up in the SS as well (#327,493)

Polizei Generalmajor 6.10.40

SS Gruppenf?hrer und Polizei-Generalleutnant 12.12.41

Earned Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class X, both Iron Crosses, and a Wound Badge in WW1. Had his SS Sword before going off to Russia, where he earned his Totenkopf ring and both classes of the KVK with Xs as Chief of the Order Police in occupied Rovno (1942). Ended the war on the staff of SS Region Bohemia-Moravia. Married, with 2 Aryan children (amazing what gets included in "Rank" Lists).

All rather ironic, since First World War Reserve officer and senior Bavarian civil servant Lautenschlager had just been dumped out of his job for crossing the Nazis either politically or on some section of the Nuremberg Laws-- though that didn't keep him from being called up and promoted as a Reserve officer in the Second.

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Or how about Theme: So Much For Vaunted German Efficiency?

made out INCORRECTLY, the indignant amputee retired Oberstleutnant filled in his correct name and signed and dated it HIMSELF. It was then returned-- and the slobs just scribbled in ANOTHER INCORRECT name on the spoiled document and sent it back again :banger: ...

misreading his perfectly legible "Alois" as "Hans" (even Germans could not read Sutterlin :rolleyes: ) :speechless1:

Here, BTW, is his application for said Hindenburg Cross:

No problems THERE!

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Yup, Theme- From Reichshauptstadt to Kleindorf

(Disabled WW1 veteran, senior civil servant blocks from the Brandenburg Gate-- and later WW2 air raid hero)

(Mayor of a small town whose only lasting claim to "fame" was using his Nazi Party connections to save the statue of the local writer from being hauled off in a WW2 scrap drive)

The variety of stamps-- printed, rubber stamped, embossed, is never ending. :love:

And you never know whose autograph you'll find. :rolleyes:

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