A German Bundestag edict of August 26th 1957 decreed that World War II decorations could be worn again in a "de Nazified" or modified versions.
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Background: A German Bundestag edict of August 26th 1957 decreed that World War II decorations could be worn again in a "de Nazified" or modified versions.
Now the medal industry in the Federal Republic is working at high pressure to satisfy orders from the Bundeswehr and from individuals who served in World War II.
At the old-established firm of Stienhauer and Luck, in northern Germany, work is in full swing.
Our pictures show the standard iron cross in production. The German Cross in gold - a big star with the Swastika in the centre - is shown in the old and new versions.
Hitler's own special creation, the highest German war decoration, the Knight Cross, with oak leaves and crossed swords and diamonds, is created in three classes. Old and new designs are shown in the film.
In close-up we see battle signs such a were awarded at Narvik, Krim, and Kuban battles.