International Necronautical Society INS Inspectorate Berlin
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report no.: 043
informant: Richie 1998 (118)
location: Brandenburger Tor
date: 1810–20

[Karl Friedrich] Schinkel's patriotic service continued after the defeat of Napoleon. He designed the decorations which streamed from the Brandenburg Gate for the victory parade in 1814 and he helped to organize the great exhibition of war booty returned to Berlin from Paris. He produced a medal for Bluecher showing the great general as Hercules in a lionskin on one side and St Michael defeating Satan – a reference to Napoleon – on the other. He designed the Iron Cross—and created the Pickelhaube or pointed helmet, which would later become the very symbol of Prussian militarism.