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postmarked in 1915
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Erinnerung an (Memory of)
Ziner 39 ?? (I can't make out these letters for sure on the sign.)
This one is postmarked in 1916.
This postcard is postmarked in 1917.
Please note the man in the front, sitting second, is wearing an Iron Cross 1st Class Medal.
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Iron Cross Medal - If the cross uses a pin or screw posts on the back of the medal instead of a ribbon, and is worn on the left side of the uniform it is an Iron Cross 1st Class. You had to already have the 2nd Class medal in order to receive the 1st Class.
The medal was awarded to recognise acts of heroism, bravery and leadership. In spite of its evident prestige it was a widely issued medal: almost six million were awarded during wartime, although by far the majority of these (5,500,000) were awarded to the lowest of three classes of the medal, the Iron Cross (Second Class). Above this the Iron Cross (First Class) was issued to approximately 220,000 men.
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