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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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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Gablenz, Freiherr von, Carl August* October 13th, 1893
† August 21st, 1942

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Ganzenmüller, Albert* February 25th, 1905
† March 20th, 1996

Gebhardt, Karl Franz* November 23rd, 1897
† June 2nd, 1948

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Gehlen, Reinhard* April 3rd, 1902
† June 8th, 1979

Geilenberg, Edmund* January 13th, 1902
† October 19th, 1964

Geisendorf, Fritz-Adolf* December 7th, 1909

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Gercke, Rudolf Ernst Otto* August 17th, 1884
† February 17th, 1947

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Gerwig, Heinrich "Katz"* February 3rd, 1899
† 1983

Glaise-Horstenau, Edmund* February 27th, 1882
† July 20th, 1946

Glitz, Fritz* August 19th, 1909

Globocnik, Odilo* April 21st, 1904
† May 31st, 1945

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Glokke, Gerhard* November 26th, 1884
† June 5th, 1944

Glücks, Richard* April 22nd, 1889
† May 10th, 1945

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Gläsker, Otto-Friedrich* October 21st, 1907

Gohrbandt, Erwin* September 20th, 1890
† January 3rd, 1965

Goth, Ernst* July 28th, 1897
† January 1986

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Gottberg, von, Curt* February 11th, 1896
† May 31st, 1945

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Goudefroy, Erich* March 9th, 1890
† April 7th, 1960

Greiser, Arthur Karl* January 22nd, 1897
† June 21st, 1946

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Greul, Emil* December 29th, 1895
† October 30th, 1993

Gries, Wilhelm* April 21st, 1913
† July 26th, 1944

Grimm, Fritz-Wilhelm* August 26th, 1893
† November 22nd, 1967

Groll, von, Max* October 5th, 1910
† May 10th, 1945
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Gross, Helmut* October 17th, 1906

Grünert, Franz* February 16th, 1887

Guderley, Herbert† December 13th, 1970

Guse, Günther* August 30th, 1886
† May 6th, 1953

Gutenberger, Karl Michael* April 18th, 1905
† July 8th, 1961

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Gutjahr, Karl-Otto* June 29th, 1895
† June 21st, 1975

Gutzeit, Hans Josef* November 18th, 1894
† June 5th, 1975