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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Gablenz, Freiherr von, Carl August13-10-189321-08-1942more 
Gabler, Ulrich   
Gaertner, von, Franz   
Gaggermeier, Georg   
Ganzenmüller, Albert25-02-190520-03-1996 
Garbrecht, Gerhard   
Garke, Fritz   
Gebert, Willi   
Gebhardt, Ernst   
Gebhardt, Karl Franz23-11-189702-06-1948more 
Gebken, Gerhard   
Gehlen, Reinhard03-04-190208-06-1979 
Geib, Theodor   
Geiger, Franz   
Geilenberg, Edmund13-01-190219-10-1964 
Geisendorf, Fritz-Adolf07-12-1909 more 
Georg, Ritter von, Carl-Siegfried   
Gerard, Konrad   
Gerber, Johannes   
Gercke, Rudolf Ernst Otto17-08-188417-02-1947more 
Gericke, Alfred   
Gerke, Ernst   
Gerstenmeier, Karl00-00-1904 more 
Gerum, Karl   
Gerwig, Heinrich "Katz"03-02-189900-00-1983 
Gienanth, Freiherr von, Kurt Ludwig   
Giese, Otto   
Giesse, Ortwin   
Gillhausen, Gustav   
Gimmler, Willy   
Glaise-Horstenau, Edmund27-02-188220-07-1946 
Glitz, Fritz19-08-1909  
Globocnik, Odilo21-04-190431-05-1945more 
Glokke, Gerhard26-11-188405-06-1944 
Glücks, Richard22-04-188910-05-1945more 
Gläsker, Otto-Friedrich21-10-1907  
Goerling, Ernst   
Goettke, Ernst   
Goetz und Schwanenfließ, von, Jörg   
Gohrbandt, Erwin20-09-189003-01-1965 
Goldacker, von , Heino   
Goldbach, Karl   
Goltz, Helmut   
Gormann, Wolfgang   
Gosselck, Otto   
Goth, Ernst28-07-189700-01-1986more 
Gottberg, von, Curt11-02-189631-05-1945more 
Gottler, Ludwig   
Goudefroy, Erich09-03-189007-04-1960 
Gragert, Prof. Dr., Otto   
Graubner, Dr., Friedrich   
Graupner, Kurt   
Graupner, Wolfgang   
Greiser, Arthur Karl22-01-189721-06-1946more 
Gresbrand, Otto   
Grether, Dr., Gustav   
Greul, Emil29-12-189530-10-1993 
Gries, Wilhelm21-04-191326-07-1944 
Grimm, Fritz-Wilhelm26-08-189322-11-1967 
Grohe, Josef06-11-190227-12-1987 
Groll, von, Max05-10-191010-05-1945more 
Groos, Otto   
Grosch, Walther   
Gross, Helmut17-10-1906  
Grosser, Herbert   
Groß, Friedrich   
Grube, Helmut   
Grube, Willi   
Gruber, Dr., Ludwig   
Grundke, Kurt   
Grunwald, Manfred   
Grün, Otto   
Grünert, Franz16-02-1887  
Gube, Willi   
Guder, Rudolf   
Guderley, Herbert 13-12-1970 
Gundert, Dietrich   
Guse, Günther30-08-188606-05-1953 
Gutenberger, Karl Michael18-04-190508-07-1961more 
Guth, Karl   
Gutjahr, Karl-Otto29-06-189521-06-1975 
Gutzeit, Hans Josef18-11-189405-06-1975 
Gutzeit, Kurt   
Gürth, Oskar   
Göbel, Herbert   
Görnert, Fritz   
Göttert, Willi  more 
Götzel, Hermann