Extremely Rare WW2 German Paratrooper Award Plaque for Achievement in the Invasion of Crete in Original Black Velvet Frame. One of the rarest awards of WW2, this plaque was given in recognition of special achievement in the invasion of Crete on May 20, 1941 to German paratroopers for acts or contributions to the victory not involving direct combat (for which the series of valor medals such as the Iron Cross would be awarded instead). The is the exact specimen shown on page 185 of the reference book German Paratroopers by Robert Kurtz. Cast iron, rectangular plaque with the paratroopers name engraved into the metal at the bottom. Complete with exceptionally rare original award frame in black velvet with a recess which holds the plaque in place inside the frame. Fewer than 200 of these plaques were ever awarded. The first was given to General Trettner, the Chief of Staff of the 7th Flieger [paratrooper] Division, who planned all of Operation Merkur (the airborne invasion of Crete). Roughly 15cm x 19cm. Superb condition.

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