WWII/1957 TYPE1 GERMAN IRON CROSS FIRST CLASS
The new German laws of 1957 medals were made to comply without the banned Nazi Swastika, instead showing the history revised Oak Leaf.
Awarded to German WWII combat Veterans' who were entitled to wear this one of Germany's highest Bravery decorations for acts of Gallantry in combat on the battlefields of WWII.
This type of German Order was re-awarded without the Swastika to those who served in WWII and then continued their military careers in the newly formed post WWII German (Bundeswehr) Federal Defense Force which was formed in the 1950's, and now again proudly being allowed to wear these German Gallantry Orders on their military tunics, serving with allied NATO forces in the Cold War against the then Soviet Union. Also worn by veterans' to their once yearly unit Kriegs Kameraden reunions.
These types of Orders are rarer than the WW2 counterparts as fewer were produced and are very sort after pieces.
one example is as follows: