Continued accumulation of points, 1 point for downing a single-engine aircraft, 2 points
for a twin-engine aircraft and 3 points for a four-engine aircraft. All points were
x2 at night. This total was continuously raised as the war went on.
During the time of the Third Reich, the range of categories of the Iron Cross
were as follows:
The Iron Cross
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
The Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
The various grades of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross specifically are
discussed within seperate entries due to the great importance
of each grade. The grades of the Knight's Cross were as follows:
The Knight's Cross with Oakleaves was worn in the same manner as the
original Knight's Cross, the only differance being
in the addition of oakleaves above the Knight's Cross itself.
The Knight's Cross with Oakleaves was the next higher grade of the Knight's
Cross above the original, and as such, was an even more highly regarded
award. The number awarded during WWII, 890, is a
testiment to the great honor attached to this award. Like the Knight's Cross,
the RK with Oakleaves could also be awarded to foreigners and was also
awarded to commanders in recognition of the valor of the unit they commanded.
Of the 882 German holders of the RK with Oakleaves, 96 are known to be alive
as of 1999 and 234 (27%) are known to have been killed in action or are
listed as missing in action during WWII.