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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Haßel, Kurt26-06-191109-06-1963 
Holleck-Weithmann, Wolfgang   
Hanneken, von, Hermann05-01-189022-07-1981more 
Hühnlein, Adolf12-09-188118-06-1942more 
Henlein, Konrad06-05-189810-05-1945 
Hansen, Peter30-09-189623-05-1967more 
Heusinger, Adolf04-08-189730-11-1982more 
Huchatz, ?   
Hacke, Friedrich23-11-1912  
Haase, Conrad   
Höss, Rudolf25-11-190116-04-1947more 
Handl, Josef   
Haack, Hermann   
Haas, Franz   
Haase, Friedrich   
Haase, Otto   
Habenicht, Dr., Gerhart   
Haberberger, Dr., Alfred   
Habicht, Franz   
Hackl, Franz   
Hagemann, Dpil.Ing., Julius   
Hahn, Gustav   
Hain, Johannes   
Hainzelmaier, Michael   
Haizmann, Richard Robert29-04-191924-02-1943more 
Hallberg zu Broich, Freiherr von, Franz13-04-189519-10-1982more 
Haller, Roland   
Halm, Hans24-02-187909-10-1957more 
Hamann, Hans-Heinz   
Hamberger, Wilhelm   
Hamelau, Hans   
Hamm, Alexander   
Hammerstein, Freiherr von, Christian29-05-188721-02-1963 
Hammerstein-Equord, Freiherr von, Günther16-09-187717-10-1965more 
Hampe, Erich   
Handloser, Siegfried25-03-189503-07-1954more 
Hanel, Kurt   
Hanke, Alfred   
Hanke, Karl24-08-190308-06-1945more 
Hanneken, von, Hermann05-01-189022-07-1981 
Harbers, Christian   
Harder, Kurt 30-03-1943 
Harms, Heinrich   
Harster, Dr. jur., Wilhelm21-07-190425-12-1991more 
Hartleben, Dr. , Hans   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961more 
Hartmann, Martin   
Hartmann, Walter   
Hartung, Karl   
Harz, Siegfried   
Hase, von, Paul   
Haub, Josef   
Haubenreiser, Walther05-04-188329-06-1961 
Haubold, Alfred   
Hauck, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Hauck, Georg   
Hawliczek, Erich   
Hecker, Hans26-02-189501-05-1979more 
Hederich, Wilhelm01-09-188104-11-1975 
Heidrich, Herbert   
Heigl, Heinrich   
Hein, Wolfgang   
Heindel, Kurt   
Heineke, Dr., Karl   
Heinemann, Erich   
Heinemann, Werner   
Heinrich, Paul   
Helldorff, Graf von, Wolfgang Heinrich14-10-189615-08-1944 
Hellenthal, Remigius   
Hellmann, Paul13-03-188919-02-1964more 
Helmke, Walter   
Hemmerich, Gerlach04-02-187931-12-1969 
Henke, Hans-Georg   
Henne, Willi12-07-190710-02-1977 
Henneberg, Dr. , Ernst   
Hennig, Dr., Ulrich   
Henning, Werner   
Henrici, Hans15-01-189523-04-1960 
Henschel, Georg   
Herbers, Wilhelm   
Herbst, Albert   
Hermann, Robert   
Herre, Heinz Danko  more 
Herrmann, Kurt   
Hertzer, Ernst   
Herzberg, Dr., Joachim-Johannes   
Hesselbarth, Gerhard   
Heusinger, Bruno   
Heutz, Joseph "Josef"  more 
Hey, Alwin   
Heydrich, Reinhardt "Reinhard"07-03-190404-06-1942more 
Heyna, Max   
Heyne, Hans04-10-190024-12-1973 
Hierl, Konstantin24-02-187523-09-1955more 
Hiidebrandt, Fritz   
Hildebrandt, Friedrich Karl Heinrich August19-09-189805-11-1948more 
Hildemann, Fritz18-05-188915-12-1975 
Hinkerohe, Joseph14-02-1910  
Hinrichs, Hermann   
Hinterholzinger, Georg   
Hinzpeter, Alwin09-06-1907  
Hippke, Erich   
Hock, Otto   
Hocke, Karl-Heinz   
Hoeflner, Hans   
Hoegner, Hermann   
Hoelck, Klaus10-02-191314-04-1984more 
Hoffmann, Adolf   
Hoffmann, Albert   
Hoffmann, Dr. , Werner   
Hoffmann, Karl   
Hoffmann, Max   
Hofmann, Bernhard   
Hofmann, Hans Otto   
Hofmann, Oswald   
Hofmann, Otto16-03-189631-12-1982more 
Hofstetten, Friedrich   
Holland, Ernst   
Hollenberg, Gerhard   
Hollensteiner, Dr., Gottfried   
Hollmann, Wilhelm11-06-189618-01-1981 
Holm, Hans04-02-189113-05-1971 
Holm, Karl15-08-188430-03-1945 
Homilius, Ernst   
Honefeld, Hindrich   
Hooven, van, Hans-Günther27-10-189607-09-1964 
Hoppe, Heinz   
Hoppe, Paul Werner28-02-191015-07-1974 
Horn, Walter   
Horster, Prof. Dr., Hermann   
Horstkotte, Theodor   
Hotop, Gerhard   
Huber, Reinhold12-01-190423-12-1984 
Humboldt-Dachroeden, Freiherr von, Hubertus   
Huss, Fritz   
Hübner, Eugen   
Hükelheim, Heinz09-09-190931-01-1898 
Hülsemann, Walter   
Hüsselrath, Dr. , Günter   
Häcker, Hans   
Hänsel, Otto   
Höcker, Erich   
Hölzer, Peter   
Hörnle, Anton   
Hößlin, von, Hans   
Hößlin, von, Hubert02-03-188223-06-1968