||The German Army drew on the highest aspects of Prussian military
tradition, which brought with it the award of ancient Prussian military
crosses which symbolised the backbone of Prussian Imperialism. These
Medals have been awarded not just to Generals and Admirals, but also
famous air aces, more common officers whose standards for leadership
and bravery have been seen as a shining example for all who might
follow. The Iron Cross has been in existence for nearly 200
years, the Pour Le Merit nearly 300.