"He distributes Iron Crosses, speaks to this man and that"

Iron Cross 1870 2nd class
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Introduced in 1813 by King Frederick William III of Prussia, the Iron Cross was a military decoration awarded to German soldiers for acts of heroism, bravery, and leadership.  

During WWI, 6,000,000 soldiers were given the medal.