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 (1939-1945) WWII Battles
brian grafton
Victoria, BC, Canada
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E-9 Sergeant Major

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Iron Cross
Posted on: 3/30/2019 7:56:23 PM
I sense it may be futile, but a friend has asked me to find out what I can about his wife's father's Iron Cross. The recipient is long dead, as are all or most of the family members who might have been asked.

I know there were some five million Iron Cross Second Class awards, with far fewer Iron Cross First Class awards. I believe this man was awarded a Iron Cross Second Class, since it is seen hanging from a button on the one official-looking photo I have seen of him.

Details are as follows

Name: Konrad Gerolf (Rolf) Zimmermann
DOB: 04 Nov 1918
Service: Kriegsmarine

He is believed to have served aboard the Light Cruiser Karlsruhe until she was scuttled in 1940; thereafter he was transferred to U-boats, where he served out the war.

Not much to go on, I know. Unfortunately, that's all I've been given.

Thoughts? Ideas?

Brian G
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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E-9 Cmd Sgt Major

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Re: Iron Cross
Posted on: 3/31/2019 8:09:59 AM
Hi Brian,

Unless someone access to German War record especially those of the Kriegsmarine, I don't see how it could be traced??

The Iron Cross is a fascinating Award with a long history!?

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Good luck, Regards,
"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

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