Sunday, 5 February 2012

Danzig Cross 2nd Class - Group - - Jung Georg

DANZIG CROSS 2ND CLASS

Known Makers - B.v.A. Hulse

Rarity –Very Rare


 


DANZIG CROSS 2ND CLASS - Revers with raised Logo







DANZIG CROSS 2ND CLASS - Case lid




DANZIG CROSS 2ND CLASS in Case



Danzi Cross citation - 2nd Class - Jung Georg



WW I Naval Pay Book - Jung Georg



Cross of Honour 1914 - 1918 Combatant citation - Jung Georg



DRB citation - 25 Year Service - Jung Georg



Red Party Book - Jung Georg



Party Card - Jung


Party Card reverse - Jung


Tank Battle Badge citation - Bronze -Jung Georg



EK 2-1939 citation - Jung Georg




EK 1 -1939 citation - Jung Georg


Air Raid Protection Honour Award Civil citation - 2nd Class- Jung Geo


Air Raid Protection Honour Award citation - 2nd Class- Jung Georg


Death citation - Jung Georg


DANZIG CROSS 2ND CLASS - Bar



There are some variations to the Second Class Medal, presumably being those of manufacturers' differences and these features being concerned with the overall size of the piece, The Second Class Cross is worn suspended from a red ribbon, with red, yellow and white stripes.  The medal is almost identical to the First Class Cross; save that it is smaller being 31 mm wide by 43 mm high, and flat as opposed to being convex.  The design, however, is the same for that of the First Class decoration.  The method of construction and fixing the two parts of the medal together is identical to that of the First Class. The back of the Cross is plain, save for the manufacturer's mark, B.v.A. Hulse – Berlin, which can be found raised or indented.

Like the First Class award, the medal was mainly awarded on the singular occasion of 24th October 1939, being the grand occasion at which all the eligible recipients were gathered together for the institutional issuance.  In total, the Second Class medal was awarded 258 times, which makes it somewhat rare as far as German decorations are concerned.  However, if it were required to hold the Second Class cross before the First Class could be conferred, then the total number of individual awarded would be 170.

A further point of interest concerning the award is that each recipient was only permitted one example, unlike other awards, which could be privately purchased in duplication, for best dress and replacement purposes.  No such provision was made for the Danzig Cross series. The second-class cross has a miniature version, which is produced in very fine quality. It takes the same format as the large version, having an enamelled obverse and gilded reverse with the makers’ logo. There is also an excellent quality miniature of the Second Class Cross, which is produced, in genuine silver and opalescent white enamel.  It is also considered, but cannot be proved, that the gilding is not fire gilt but genuine gold plating. 

The cases that both Crosses were presented in, are respectively the same, but for the First Class larger than for the Second Class and comprise of a thick case, which is hinge backed.  The case is covered in dark maroon leatherette, which has embossed upon it the gold ducal crown and crosses.  It has a gold lid lining which runs right round the upper face of the lid.  The base is of white velvet flocking, and the lid is white silk lined.  It is retained with a press-stud retainer.



 
Recipients of the Danzig Cross Second Class.


Dr. Artur Seyss-Inquart
SS-Obergruppenführer
Reich Protector of Holland
Franz Prokopec
Stabsgefreiter
Gross-Deutschland
Hans Griep
SS-Oberführer und Oberst der Schutzpolizei

Werner Lorenz

SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei

Georg Jung
Feldwebel

Peiper
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 1. platoon/1./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Gnabs
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. platoon/1./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Radünz
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 3. platoon/1./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Alois Weiter
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 4. platoon/1./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Prechtel
SS-Obersturmführer
Kdr 1. platoon/2./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Kersten
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. platoon/2./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Leo Lindner
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 3. platoon/2./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Gradl
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 1. platoon/3./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Knaack
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. platoon/3./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Feierabend
SS-Oberscharführer
Kdr 4. platoon/3./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Kurt Daluege
SS-Oberstgruppenführer und Generaloberst der Polizei
Head of the Order Police Main Office
Julius Schaub
SS-Obergruppenführer

Johannes Schäfer
SS-Brigadeführer

Max Wünsche
SS-Obersturmbannführer

Heins
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 1. Zug/Transport Kie/SS Heimwehr Danzig
Dümmer
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. Zug/Transport Kie/SS Heimwehr Danzig
Schulz
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 3. Zug/Transport Kie/SS Heimwehr Danzig
Wittner
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 4. Zug/15. (Pak)/SS Heimwehr Danzig
Vogel
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. Zug/15. (Pak)/SS Heimwehr Danzig

Zipp Friedrich

SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 1. Zug/15. (Pak)/SS Heimwehr Danzig
Kühn
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Kdr 1. Zug/13./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Hiermeyer
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. Zug/13./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Walter
SS-Obersturmführer
Kdr 3. Zug/13./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Prechtl
SS-Obersturmführer
Kdr 1. Zug/4./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Bahrend
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. Zug/4./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Frommhagen
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 3. Zug/4./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Oberschmid
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 4. Zug/4./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Hilgenstock
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 1. Zug/5./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Pfitzner
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 2. Zug/5./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Wagner
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 3. Zug/5./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Mützelfeld
SS-Untersturmführer
Kdr 4. Zug/5./SS Heimwehr Danzig
Horst  Hertel   
Major d FSchP 
Danziger Feuerwehr
Krone
Leutnant

Herbert  Kanzler
SS-Rottenführer



 



 
Danzig Cross Second Class fakes.
 

The first example of a Danzig Cross 2nd Class fake. Note the crude overall appearance of the award. The crown has no gaps which correspond with the original makers-marked versions. However, the inner white line inside the arms of the enamel cross has never been produced by the known maker.


This is a different reproduction of better quality then the one shown in the first picture. Note the gaps and the round bottom part of the crown. The reverse doesn't show a makers mark.


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