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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Ludendorff, Hans-Joachim06-07-1908  
Liebich, Willibald  more 
Langguth, Gerhard 00-00-2008more 
Lages, Willi Paul Franz "Willy"15-10-190102-04-1971 
Löhr, Erich (WH-Gren.Rgt. 405)09-11-189825-07-1966more 
Lahousen, Edler von Vivremont, Erwin   
Lamertz, Maximilian   
Lamm, Erhardt11-05-1917  
Lampe, Dr., Theodor   
Lamprecht, Hans   
Landre, Werner   
Landsberg, Karl   
Landskron, Franz21-08-187628-12-1960 
Lang, Kleophas   
Lange, Heinz (Waffen-SS)02-01-1913  
Lange, Wolfgang01-06-189810-02-1988 
Langendorff, von , Hugo28-07-187622-10-1955 
Langenfaß, Dr. , Rolf   
Langenohl, Max01-06-1887  
Langhagel, Wilhelm   
Langhans, Hermann   
Langner, Karl   
Langsdorff, Alexander   
Lauer, Dr., Otto   
Laukötter, Ferdinand   
Lauterbach, Felix   
Leeb, Emil07-06-188108-09-1969 
Leffler, Kurt06-06-1907  
Legait, Rolf   
Lehmann, Erwin   
Lehmann, Hans-Albr.   
Lehner, Josef   
Leinung, Dr.,   
Leitzke, Gerhard   
Lengwinat, Rudolf   
Lerch, Kurt20-10-1912  
Leske, Friedrich   
Leutheußer, Hans-Günther   
Leuze, Walter   
Leyers, Hans05-03-189602-02-1981 
Liebel, Willy31-08-189720-04-1945 
Liebig, Gustav   
Liedke, Alfred   
Liers, Walter   
Lieschke, Dr., Johannes   
Limberger, Walter   
Lindau, Erwin  more 
Lindeiner-Wildau, von, Friedrich-Wilhelm Franz12-12-188022-05-1963more 
Lindner, Richard   
Linke, Fritz   
Linke, Paul   
Linner, Ludwig   
Lintz, Wilhelm   
Lipf, Rudolf  more 
Lippe, v. d., Fritz   
Littann, Emil   
Loebell, Kurt   
Loepp,Prof.Dr. , Willi   
Lohmann, Walter11-12-189113-04-1944 
Lohse, Johannes30-07-1915  
Loibl, Ludwig   
Loos, Dr., Roman   
Lorenzen, Hans-Jens   
Lottner, Dr. , Hans   
Lucht, Ernst27-02-189602-11-1975more 
Ludwig, Hermann Max27-06-1887  
Ludwiger, von , Hans-Gottlieb   
Luft, Friedrich   
Lusser, Robert19-04-189919-01-1969 
Lutz, Karl   
Lüdke, Hermann19-02-1910  
Lüschen, Friedrich19-03-187718-06-1945 
Löhnert, Wilhelm   
Lörner, Georg   
Lösche, Fritz   

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