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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Monschau, Richard11-05-191018-08-1971more 
Martin, Franz07-08-1895  
Michelmann, Axel07-04-189200-00-1986 
Menneking, Rolf   
Müsseler, Josef   
Maderholz, Karl Ferdinand Konrad29-10-188527-03-1964 
Maehl, Gerhard   
Mahncke, Alfred18-03-188812-01-1979more 
Maier, Oskar   
Maikowski, Eduard   
Maldacker, Gustav   
Malende, Bernhard   
Malsi, Georg   
Malzacher, Hans14-10-189616-10-1974 
Mandt, Lambert   
Mang, Adolf   
Mangoldt, von, Hermann   
Mann, Helmut   
Manns, Rudolf   
Maraczi, Ludwig   
Marlow, Karl   
Marsch, Gustav   
Marseille, Siegfried Georg Martin10-10-188719-01-1944 
Martini, Wolfgang  more 
Mascus, Hellmut30-03-189117-12-1971 
Massmann, Siegfried   
Mathes, Jakob   
Matthes, Friedrich   
Mattiae, Walter   
Matzky, Gerhard19-03-189409-06-1983more 
Mauch, Hans06-03-190620-01-1984 
Mauss, Wilhelm   
Mauterer, Arthur Dr. Ing.31-08-188829-04-1969 
Mayer, Erwin   
Mayer, Hans   
Mayer-Krapoll, Hermann   
Mayr, Hans   
Meckel, Hans   
Medem, Baron von, Harald   
Medem, Gerhard   
Meendsen-Bohlken, Wilhelm25-06-189720-08-1985more 
Meinardus, Dr. , Karl   
Meinen, Hermann   
Meister, Dr., Hellmut   
Meixner, Dr., Paul-Hermann04-06-189108-06-1950 
Meltzer, Rudolf   
Menche, Heinz-Eduard   
Mende, Max   
Mendrzyk, Richard   
Meng, Clemens   
Mengersen, Ernst30-06-191206-11-1995more 
Menny, Gottfried   
Merk, Ernst07-03-190312-06-1976more 
Merker, Otto01-06-1899  
Merten, Karl-Friedrich15-08-190502-05-1993more 
Metzger, Ludwig   
Mewes, Emil   
Mewis, Paul   
Meyer, Friedrich- August19-09-189904-01-1971more 
Meyer, Martin04-07-1903  
Meyer-Delvendahl, Walther   
Meyer-Döhner, Kurt   
Michel, Dr., Elmar   
Michels, Alexander17-03-189126-06-1968 
Milark, Dr., Hans   
Milde, Rudolf   
Millauer, Horst   
Minnhaar, Johannes   
Minnigerode, Dr., Wilhelm   
Minsinger, Alfred   
Modersohn, Wilhelm   
Moehle, Karl-Heinz31-07-191027-11-1996more 
Moeller-Althaus, Helmut04-02-1906  
Mohr, Richard   
Moll, Otto Hermann Wilhelm04-03-191528-05-1946 
Montag, Dr. , Heinrich   
Moolen, van der , Heinrich   
Mootz, Hermann   
Moser, Hans20-11-1907  
Moufang, Eugen   
Moßdorf, Heinrich   
Mueller, Ernst04-12-189216-04-1968 
Muff, Wolfgang   
Muhl, Kurt   
Musch, Othmar   
Mussehl, Fritz Leberecht00-00-188500-04-1965 
Muster, Siegfried15-01-1908  
Muth, Dr., Franz   
Mutschler, Richard   
Mutzek, Artur   
Mügge, Karl Albert   
Mühlbacher, Walter   
Mühlenburg, Hans-Joachim   
Müller, Dipl.Ing., Hans   
Müller, Dr. , Wolfgang   
Müller, Dr., Wilhelm   
Müller, Dr., Willy   
Müller, Erich   
Müller, Erich   
Müller, Erich   
Müller, Erich   
Müller, Erich (Friedrich Krupp AG)02-11-189215-04-1963 
Müller, Gerhard   
Müller, Gottlob17-03-189528-04-1945more 
Müller, Hartwig   
Müller, Heinrich (SS-RSHA)28-04-190029-04-1945more 
Müller, Herbert   
Müller, von, Leon   
Müller-Teusler , Hans   
Münch, Werner   
Münker, Ernst   
Münzner, Albert   
Mürmann, Fritz   
Müseler, Wilhelm00-00-188700-00-1952 
Möckel, Helmut21-06-190915-02-1945 
Möller, Hans (Pionier-Bataillon 258)02-08-190811-02-1943more 
Möllmann, Johannes   
Mönnichmeyer , Kurt   

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