However, it does not have the traditional form of the Iron Cross (instead more closely resembling the Prussian Military Merit Cross), but is seen as a supplement of existing awards of the Bundeswehr. I have been part of the biker community in SL for about five years now and I have not seen the racism or sexism that is present in real life. For the 1st Class award, the Spange appears as an eagle with the date "1939". I want to go to Roughleys bike show, but am nervous about how many racists there may be lurking in there; more so than anywhere else. In World War II it was also possible for a holder of the 1914 Iron Cross to be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross.  It is often called the Blücher Star (Blücherstern), after its first recipient.. There was a more obscure group that was less religious, but just as committed to the protection of pilgrims and the defense of Jerusalem. Unter anderen müssen sie feststellen, daß […]. I’m a member of a women only MC here in SL, something that does not exist in the real world. Bikers are avid motorcycles fans. I was trying to reassure myself that the use of the Iron cross symbol is nothing to do with white supremism, and the article did make me feel better; however the fifties onward were very racist indeed… surely you are glad we are not as backward as we were then.? If people don’t like to see history proudly displayed someplace regardless of it’s intended meaning then I hope they go blind so they don’t have to see it, and we can help them. Many today, especially in the United States, see it as a Nazi symbol, which we can see is not true. I display an Iron Cross on the sissy bar of my bike(the Iron Cross came as part of the sissy bar design). The ribbon for the 1813, 1870 and 1914 Iron Cross (2nd Class) was black with two thin white bands, the colors of Prussia. Hitler did not care for the Pour le Mérite, as it was a Prussian order that could be awarded only to officers. I’m not a biker myself, but been arround bikers since i was 6. The iron cross is a German symbol. From the second button in the tunic for the first day after award. 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Although they were two separate awards in some cases the holders soldered them together. So, are bikers white supremacists? Prussia did have other orders and medals which it awarded on the basis of rank, and even though the Iron Cross was intended to be awarded without regard to rank, officers and NCOs were more likely to receive it than junior enlisted soldiers. The Knight's Cross was divided into five degrees: In total, 7,313 awards of the Knight's Cross were made. ( Log Out / Be clear; I’m not saying that bikers are becoming white supremacists, just that more supremacists are adopting it as a lifestyle. When combined with other elements like V-twin engines or skulls, it helps to perpetuate an image like the patch shown below. For example, Bavarian officers received various grades of that Kingdom's Military Merit Order (Militär-Verdienstorden), while enlisted men received various grades of the Military Merit Cross (Militär-Verdienstkreuz). It was reserved for general officers for "the most outstanding strategic decisions affecting the course of the war". Also, during the Nazi period, those attaining more than one award, for example, an officer who had attained an Iron Cross 1st Class, an Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with the Oak Leaves, were entitled to wear a pin which exhibited three Iron Crosses with an exaggerated swastika, thereby consolidating the awards. There’s a local brazilian soccer team which uses this symbol on it’s t-shirt. There have been exceptions and some MC’s were of mixed race and one or two even let in women in the early days. A cross, although it is also used in other variations, was most widely utilized in military rewards. During the Crusades, there was an order of religious knights that most of us have heard of, called the Templars. In 1956, it was re-introduced as the symbol of the Bundeswehr, the modern German armed forces (with the "ends" of the white border removed, as in the Balkenkreuz of 1918). One of the Muslim SS members to receive the award, SS Obersturmführer Imam Halim Malkoć, was granted the Iron Cross (2nd Class) in October 1943 for his role in suppressing the Villefranche-de-Rouergue mutiny. They see it … This is much in keeping with the original meaning of the Iron Cross and the other military crosses shown below. So, why don’t we take a closer look at the biker symbols? When the Iron Cross was reauthorized for World War I in 1914, it was possible for individuals who had previously been awarded one in 1870 to be subsequently granted another. The 1957 law also authorized de-Nazified versions of most other World War II–era decorations (except those specifically associated with Nazi Party organizations, such as SS Long Service medals, or with the expansion of the German Reich, such as the medals for the annexation of Austria, the Sudetenland, and the Memel region). Although, still there are some doubts arises whether these signs are related to the political views of the bikers or not. So, artificial or real limitations. Your brother, Unforgiven, […] die Motorradfeuer bisweilen altdeutsche Stahlhelme auf oder benützen unser Eisernes Kreuz… https://slmotorcycles.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/bikers-and-the-iron-cross/ Viele schlimme Erfahrungen waren da auf die Antifanten. info), abbreviated EK) is a former military decoration in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire (1871–1918) and Nazi Germany (1933–1945). Frederick William III, King of Prussia, issued the Iron Cross as a medal for service during the Napoleonic Wars. The Iron Cross has many close cousins in other western militaries such as the French Croix de Guerre or the British Victoria Cross. I must say that I have never come across rule prohibiting membership based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Don’t get me wrong there are those who are the opposite, and deserve the given labels if not more but perhaps we can open their eyes as well. The only known example, based on the World War I version but with the 1939 Iron Cross centerpiece, was found by Allied forces at the end of the war, and it is now in the museum at West Point. Men and women are equally represented in most clubs, though a few are one sex or the other. Remember that! To comment on your text about all female motorcycle clubs. When the Quadriga of the Goddess of Peace was retrieved from Paris at Napoleon's fall, it was re-established atop Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. There was a shock value and a reaction they got out of the older citizens by proudly displaying something that was tied to the “enemy.” There was also a supply of the real insignias as many fathers and uncles had brought them home after plundering them in Europe during the war.