Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse mit Schwertern

The War Merit Cross 1st. class with swords (Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. klasse mit Schwertern), also know as the KVK 1 was instituted on 18-10-1939 by Hitler. Like the KVK 2, this award could be awarded to military personal as well as to civilians (m/f) for bravery which was not directly connected with frontline actions. For example for maintenance of frontline vehicles and equipment, outstanding performance by the civil defence and security tasks. The recipient had to have been awarded the KVK 2 before the KVK 1 could be awarded, but on special occasions it was possible that both decorations were awarded at the same time.

This award is identical in design to the KVK 2 with Swords, but is silver washed instead of bronze. The reverse is flat and has a large pin and hook construction. In some examples the mint mark is stamped on the reverse of the award or on the pin itself. There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap. This version is similar to the Iron Cross 1 with screw back. In some cases the screw back is marked. One well known manufacturer of this screw back is: Glaser & Sohn from Dresden. (L/58) Some other well know manufacturers of the KVK 1 are Steinhauser & Lück from Lüdenscheid (4), Ferdinand Hoffstädter from Bonn am Rhein (8), Friedrich Orth from Vienna (15), Karl Gschiermeister from Vienna (50), Gottlieb & Wagner from Idar/Oberstein (52), Robert Hauschild from Pforzheim (56), Kerbach & Oesterheld from Dresden (62), Klein & Quenzer from Idar/Oberstein (65), Rudolf Richter from Schlag (89), Wilhelm Deumer WD from Lüdenscheid (L/11), Otto Schickel from Pforzheim (L/15), C.F. Zimmermann from Pforzheim (L/52) and Glaser & Sohn from Dresden (L/58).

The award was presented in a black box with a black filling with a slit to accommodate the pin. For the screw back version the filling was made in the shape of the screw back. The inside of the lid was covered with white silk, the outside bore the silhouette of the award in silver. The medal was awarded with a standard citation. The award was worn on the left breast pocket, just like the Iron Cross 1. It is estimated that a total of 483.603 decorations have been awarded during WWII.

Alt, Erich* June 26th, 1887
† August 22nd, 1966

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Flimm, Kurt19-11-189406-03-1962 
Friedel, Herbert   
Fritz, Popp   
Falkenhorst, von, Nikolaus17-01-188518-06-1968more 
Friderici, Erich21-12-188519-09-1967 
Fabian, Friedrich   
Fabrice, von, Eberhard31-01-189202-09-1964 
Fahnert, Friedrich18-01-189710-06-1964 
Fahrmbacher, Wilhelm19-09-188827-04-1970more 
Falk, Günther   
Falk, Konrad   
Falkenhausen, von, Alexander29-10-187831-07-1966more 
Fanger, Paul11-04-188915-04-1945 
Farrenberg, Walter   
Faßmann, Wilfried   
Fedtke, Dr., Heinz   
Fehrensen, Wilhelm12-12-189814-02-1945more 
Feickert, Friedrich   
Feige, Herbert   
Feldhuß, Friedrich   
Felmeden, Erich   
Fengler, Fritz   
Fenselau, Otto21-07-1903  
Feuchtinger, Edgar09-11-189421-01-1960more 
Fick, Alexander30-01-1901  
Fiehl, Kurt   
Fiezinger, Josef   
Fikentscher, Alfred30-04-188810-01-1979 
Finckh, Eberhard07-11-189930-08-1944 
Fischer, Richard25-09-189724-09-1970 
Fischer, Veit18-05-189030-10-1966 
Fischer, Willi   
Fleischer, Friedrich-Wilhelm14-09-189013-02-1952 
Fleschner, August13-04-1887  
Flury, Ferdinand21-06-187706-04-1947 
Folttmann, Josef   
Forster, Albert26-07-190228-02-1952more 
Forster, Franz   
Forstreuter, Dr., Karl   
Frank, August (WH-Infanterie)   
Frank, August Franz (SS-Polizei)05-04-189821-03-1984more 
Frank, Karl-Hermann24-01-189822-05-1946more 
Franz, Gottfried   
Franz, Hugo   
Frede, August   
Fredrichsdorf, Gerhard   
Freese, de, Carl   
Freigang, Willi   
Freitag, Wilhelm03-09-1908  
Freyberg, Leodegard   
Fricke, Karl-Heinrich   
Fridrich, Alfred   
Friedeburg, von, Hans-Georg  more 
Friedrich, Rudolf   
Friedrichs, Ernst   
Frießner, Johannes22-03-189226-06-1971more 
Fritsch, Friedrich05-02-188424-11-1954 
Fritsch, Philipp24-07-188010-04-1945more 
Frydag, Karl16-01-189321-05-1980 
Fuchs, Werner18-01-189130-06-1976more 
Fürst, Friedrich   
Füssel, Ernst-August   
Fähndrich, Ernst   
Fäustle, Eugen   
Förster, Friedrich