Definition of Iron Cross in English:

Iron Cross

noun

  • The highest German military decoration for bravery, instituted in 1813.

    • ‘An Iron Cross and a Waffen SS peaked cap are just the sort of prizes sought by the international trade in Third Reich insignia.’
    • ‘He had been granted leave from his unit as a reward for destroying a Russian tank, an action that earned him the Iron Cross.’
    • ‘Hitler Youth members as young as 12 were among those awarded the Iron Cross by Hitler during his last public appearance in the Reich Chancellery, on his 56th birthday on 30 April.’
    • ‘He immediately volunteered, served as a battalion runner, was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross, for bravery, and was gassed in 1918.’
    • ‘Among them was Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician, who was later to receive the Iron Cross for his discovery of antibiotics.’
    • ‘In one case, Adolf Hitler awarded the Iron Cross to a 12-year-old soldier who recorded 20 Russian tank kills.’
    • ‘In 1918, about two months after winning the Iron Cross, Adolf Hitler was blinded by mustard gas during a battle on the front lines and taken to Pasewalk.’
    • ‘At a place called Wijtschate (about 10 miles south of Ypres) a German corporal called Adolf Hitler rescued a wounded comrade and won the highest honour a German soldier could win - the Iron Cross.’
    • ‘During his career, he was awarded the Iron Cross by the German army for bravery.’
    • ‘He failed to rise in rank beyond corporal, but was awarded the Iron Cross for military bravery.’
    • ‘As with many other youths in Germany, he joined the German Army during World War One and was awarded the Iron Cross for bravery.’
    • ‘He later receives the Iron Cross, Second Class.’
    • ‘One of them has got the Iron Cross on his breast, a recognition for crimes committed in other military campaigns.’
    • ‘The fact he wears a badge awarded to Israeli bomb-disposal experts after 20 successful detonations as a counterpoint to his Iron Cross was possibly missed by the neighbours.’
    • ‘But there is a big difference between the Victoria Cross and the Iron Cross of Germany.’
    • ‘However World War I disrupted his career and, in 1915, he undertook war work which was to earn him the Iron Cross.’
    • ‘Pujol was so highly regarded by both sides that he was awarded the MBE by the British and the Iron Cross by the Germans.’
    • ‘Rommel was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class for his exploits in France in the opening stages of the war.’
    • ‘It wasn't until the next two planes appeared, green and brown bombers marked with the German Iron Cross, that it became clear it was an enemy attack.’
    • ‘He has paid 5,000 for his genuine Second World War German submachine gun, but is disconcerted when I point to his Iron Cross and ask if it, too, is the real thing.’

Pronunciation:

Iron Cross

/ˈī(ə)rn ˌkräs/