Americans awarded Iron Crosses in Afghanistan

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  1. Not the first Americans to have been awarded the Iron Cross though.
     
  2. James Cohburn had loads of them! :D
     
  3. The Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr für Tapferkeit is not exactly the Iron Cross....title is misleading, as the linked article BTW.

    See the following comment copied from Strategy page:

    Actually, Germany has only one military award, which is the Cross of Honour and comes in seven different grades. Four - Medal, Bronze Cross, Silver Cross, Gold Cross - are meant to honor meritorious service and three - Silver Cross for Outstanding Deeds, Gold Cross for Outstanding Deeds (each a special grade with a red embracement) and Cross for Conspicious Gallantry - are awarded for outstanding deeds and valor. Those US servicemen were awarded the Gold Cross for Outstanding Deeds with red embracement, being the second highest award. In terms of protocoll, Germany does not have an equivalent to the American Medal of Honor.
    So far, only 7 Crosses for Conspicious Gallantry and 14 Gold Crosses for Outstanding Deeds have been awarded.

    The US soldiers recieved the Gold Cross for Outstanding Deeds, because they kept flying out wounded soldiers under heavy fire. (all their helicopters had bulletholes and were damaged but they kept flying.) They are also so far the only ones that have ever recieved this award since it was reintroduced in 2007.

    For more info on Kraut gongs

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badge_of_Honour_of_the_Bundeswehr
     
  4. There were probably a few, with that type of name, in WW1.
     
  5. Yes, and initially they were spared the first anti-semitic measures of the 1000 years Reich.
     
  6. You'll need to use Google Translate - unless you speak German


    Click Link here

    I think it looks a bit like chocolate money - keep the Ribbon but I'd change the medal back to the old black and white version aka the 1870 variants
     
  7. Yes - was aware of that ;-)