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a German medal awarded for outstanding bravery or service during wartime.
(lowercase) Gymnastics. an upright, crosslike position held between the rings, with the arms fully extended laterally and the legs held together and pointed downward.
the highest decoration for bravery awarded to the German armed forces in wartime: instituted in 1813

from German das eiserne kreuz, instituted by Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia, originally for distinguished military service in the wars against Napoleon.


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