Osprey Elite 139 : Knight's Cross with Diamonds Recipients 1941-1945
On 1 September 1939, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was created by Hitler. It could be distributed to all ranks within any branch of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS or the auxiliary services, and it was the highest award that the Third Reich could offer. During the war, new grades of Knight's Cross were added. The Diamonds were introduced on 28 September 1941, and were the next highest grade above the Oakleaves and Swords. Only 27 awards of Diamonds were made during the war creating an elite echelon of war heroes and many of the awards were made for acts of extreme bravery which are detailed in this book. Text by Gordon Williamson with illustrations by Ramiro Bujeiro.
The books in this series are;
Elite 114 : Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1939-1940
Elite 123 : Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients : The Southern Fronts 1941-1945
Elite 133 : Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941-1945
Elite 139 : Knight's Cross with Diamonds Recipients 1941-1945