iron cross 2nd class

SS-Sturmbannführer Joachim Peiper (right) decorates a soldier of the Leibstandarte Division with the Iron Cross Second Class during Operation Zitadelle in July 1943. Behind is his adjutant SS-Untersturmführer Werner Wolff, awarded the Knight’s Cross shortly afterwards.

Ruhe in Frieden
On January 24th, 2015 the famed Heer Oberleutnant Otto Carius passed away at age 92. Originally, a loader of a Panzer 38(t), ended his service as a kommandant of a Jagdtiger. Along with it; Golden Wound Badge Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class, Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (4th Highest of the Knights Crosses), Panzer Badge in Silver, 150+ Destroyed Tanks (The Majority on the Eastern Front), and 1 Air-Target.

Obergefreiter of the Luftwaffe, who was captured by soldiers of the 16th Infantry Division of the United States, trying to hide his face from the photographer taking pictures of him in Veyvertts (Weywertz), Belgium.
Captive Obergefreiter awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class, and left to right: “Sports badge» (Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen), «Parachutist Badge Luftwaffe» (Fallschirmschutzenabzeichen) and ”Hitler sign »(Hitlerjugend Leistungsabzeichen

Heinz Radlauer learned to fly gliders in 1940, aged 17, and joined the Luftwaffe in August 1941. After Fighter School, in June 1944 he was posted to join JG51 Molders then fighting on the Eastern Front near Minsk, scoring his first victory in October of that year. Heinz Radlauer flew the Bf109G, the Fw190A, and at the end of the war the Fw190D, by which time he had notched up over 100 combat missions, flying his last combat mission on 30th April 1945. Credited with 15 air victories, all on the Eastern Front, he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.

(I uploaded a shittier version of this when i was first starting out on tumblr which I’ve since deleted)