The Complete Knight’s Cross


21 April 2021
New book from Fonthill Media tells the stories of all 7,364 men to receive the award.

The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, to give it its full name, owes its origins to the Pour le Mérite (Blue Max), an Imperial award from 1740. The Complete Knight’s Cross is a series of three books that tells the story of all men who were awarded it, including all disputed awards. The books have over 200 photos of holders of the medal and more than 100 photos of their graves. The first volume, Volume One: The Years of Victory 1939-1941, deals with numbers 1-1,267). Volume Two: The Years of Stalemate covers 1942-1943 with numbers 1,268-3,685. The final volume, The Years of Defeat, chronicles the years 1944-1945 with numbers 3,686-7,364.

The recipients are listed in the order of the date of award. Each entry starts with the recipient’s rank and name, followed by details of the action or actions for which they were awarded the medal. Other interesting facts and stories are also included for many. Finally, their burial locations, where known, are given. Any higher awards such as Oak Leaves, Swords, Diamonds, etc, are also covered.


  • Price: £36/$54
  • ISBN: 978-1-78155-781-5
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Extent: 356 pages
  • Illustrations: 75 mono



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