The Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe
(Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe) was a Luftwaffe
award established on February 27, 1940 by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring
, the Reich
Minister of Aviation and Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe
. It was officially known as the Ehrenpokal "für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg"
, or Honor Goblet "For Special Achievement in the Air War". The award was given only to flying personnel (pilots and aircrew). Recipients' named were published in the periodical Ehrenliste der Deutschen Luftwaffe
(Honor List of the German Air Force). German archival records indicate that approximately 58,000 were given to "on paper", but only 13-15,000 goblets were actually awarded according to the records.
The award was made to aircrew who had already been awarded the Iron Cross
First Class but whose performance was not considered to merit the German Cross
or Knight’s Cross
of the Iron Cross.
The actual goblet coulld be produced in two materials, fine silver (German: Feinsilber) or also in German Silver (German: Alpaka) or Nickel silver
. The size is about 200 mm tall x 100 mm in diameter. The goblet was produced in two pieces which were fitted together into one unit. The obverse
depicts two eagles in mortal combat. while the reverse bears an Iron Cross in high relief. Oak leaves and acorns adorn the stem. The legend "Für Besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg" are formed into the base.
World War I predecessors
The design of the......