Croatia – Independent State of: Order of King Zvonimir, first class neck badge in bronze-gilt and enamels, with oakleaves, on short length of original ribbon. An unmarked piece, made by B. Knaus, Zagreb.
Condition: Good very fine
The Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir was an order awarded by the so-called Independent State of Croatia (NDH), actually a Nazi puppet state. It was established as a "visible sign of decoration for merits done, in peace or in war, for Croatian people and Independent State of Croatia" It was established by Croatian leader Ante Paveli? on May 15, 1941. The bearers of the grand order and bearers of the first-class order were given the title of knight (vitez). The back of the award contained the years 1076 - King Zvonimir's crowning, and 1941 - the establishment of the NDH. The front said Bog i Hrvati. Some of the recipients of this award included; Odilo Globocnik, a senior member of the SS and close associate of Adolf Eichmann during Operation Reinhard; Hans Baur, who served as Hitler’s personal pilot and Ferdinand Jodl, the brother of Alfred Jodl, who served as the Chief of the Operations Staff of the German Armed Forces during WW2.