The Iron Cross 1st Class was a pin-on medal with no ribbon and was worn centred on a uniform breast pocket, either on dress uniforms or everyday outfit. It was a progressive award, with the second class having to be earned before the first class and so on for the higher degree
The German Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz) was awarded for gallantry in war as well as other military contributions in a battlefield environment.
The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods:
When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar.
For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second button hole in the tunic.
Below are two examples of each class.
1st Class Iron Cross
2nd Class Iron Cross