Waffen-SS Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was the highest award of the Third Reich to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership during World War II. 457 German servicemen of the Waffen-SS, including volunteers from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands and Norway, received the Knight's Cross (almost always through the recommendation of impressed army corps and army commanders). Of these, 411 presentations were formally made and evidence of the award is still available in the German National Archives. Image: Norwegian volunteers of 23.SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Norge in Bosanski Novi, Croatia 1943. Public domain.