Hardest medal to win




 
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November 5th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 

Topic: Hardest medal to win


My vote goes for the German Knight's Cross with Golden Oakleaves, Swords, Diamonds. This medal was supposed to be awarded 12 times after the end of WW2 to the most deserving military men but an exception was made and just a single medal was awarded to Hans Ulrich Rudel of the Luftwaffe. This makes it the hardest medal to win from any nation when you look at what Rudel had to do to win it. He actually managed to sink a Soviet Battleship with a Stuka dive-bomber!

http://www.feldgrau.com/rkgosd.html
November 8th, 2004  
AussieNick
 
VC, naturally
November 8th, 2004  
czarninakid
 
 
Not to ruffle any feathers, but medals and other military awards are EARNED not won.
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November 9th, 2004  
Young Winston
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
VC, naturally
You are so right again, Nick!

The VC is the hardest to earn and I am totally unbiased! On many occassions you have to get killed to be a VC recipient.
November 9th, 2004  
AussieNick
 
Yeah, it's not a great proportion of VC recipients who were awarded it whilst still alive, and those that have won it and still are alive are held in the highest regard.
November 10th, 2004  
silent driller
 
 
In America, it's the Congressional Medal of Honor. There aren't too many of those winners who are still alive and in one piece.
November 10th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 
Both the VC and the CMoH are worthy distinctions to earn and you can be sure that they are well-earned. But there have been multiple winners whereas Germany's highest award has only been awarded once. There is the argument that it is just a 'super' Knight's Cross but Rudel earned his when you look at his achievements.
November 10th, 2004  
CavScout
 
The "Grass Crown".
November 10th, 2004  
Trevor
 
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was the Victoria Cross.
November 10th, 2004  
AussieNick
 
My only thought about decorations of the third reich is that some of the "upper" level medals (especially ones awarded towards the later stages of the war), such as the one mentioned, may have been given out as propaganda or morale medals. Just a thought thats all.