Grand Cross of the Prussian Knights Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with swords
Reproduction of the Grand Cross of the Prussian Knights Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with swords, the central cross is an oversized example of the order, finished in gilt with white, black, blue and green enamel. This is riveted onto a silver star.
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The House Order of Hohenzollern was instituted on December 5, 1841, by joint decree of Prince Konstantin of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, was a dynastic order of knighthood of the House of Hohenzollern awarded to military commissioned officers and civilians of comparable status. Associated with the various versions of the order were crosses and medals which could be awarded to lower-ranking soldiers and civilians.
The following list is only a sample of some of the more prominent recipients' names :
- Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen – Top German ace of World War I; also received the Pour le Mérite, Saxony's Military Order of St. Henry, Württemberg's Military Merit Order and numerous other decorations
- Gerd von Rundstedt – Later a Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht
- Walter Model – Later a Field Marshal and one of the most highly decorated officers in the Wehrmacht
- Erich von Manstein – Later a Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht
- Wilhelm Keitel – Later a Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht and Chief of the OKW
- Hermann Göring – Later Reichsmarschall; also received the Pour le Mérite, Baden's Military Karl-Friedrich Merit Order, numerous other decorations
- Karl Dönitz – Later a Grand Admiral in the Kriegsmarine and briefly successor to Hitler as leader of Germany.
- Franz Ritter von Epp – Bavarian combat commander; also received the Pour le Mérite, Bavaria's Military Order of Max Joseph; later Reichsstatthalter of Bavaria