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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Kaehler, Herbert   
Kahlden, von, Wolf02-09-190127-10-1979more 
Kahlke, Hermann   
Kaiser, Franz11-11-1912  
Kaiser, Friedrich Wilhem  more 
Kaltenborn, Helmut   
Kaltenbrunner, Ernst04-10-190316-10-1946more 
Kammler, Dr.-Ing., Hans26-08-190109-05-1945more 
Kamptz, von, Jürgen   
Kanstein, Paul31-05-189907-09-1981 
Kapherr, Freiherr von, Wolfgang   
Karius, Wilhelm   
Kasten, ?   
Kastner-Kirdorf, Gustav   
Katz, Dr., Friedrich   
Katz, Georg   
Katzschner, Helmut15-12-1911 more 
Kaufmann, Dr., Leopold   
Kecht, Franz Joseph "Frank"25-04-191425-10-1943more 
Kehrl, Hans08-09-190026-04-1984 
Kehrl, Hans Julius06-08-189222-04-1961 
Keil, Friedrich   
Keilhaus, Wilhelm11-12-1898 more 
Keitel, Bodewin   
Kelchner, Heinrich17-01-1900  
Keller, Hermann   
Kempf, Siegfried15-03-189623-09-1964more 
Kempski, von, Walter   
Keppler, Adolf   
Kern, Dr., Paul   
Kern, Emil   
Kessler, Philipp21-08-1888  
Kienitz, Walter   
Kienitz, Werner03-06-188531-12-1959more 
Killinger,   
Kindervater, August   
Kingreen, Prof. Dr., Ottc   
Kinzel, Walter   
Kirchenpauer von Kirchdorff, Wilhelm   
Kirchner, Paul00-00-189227-04-1945 
Kirsch, Ludwig   
Kittel, Walther   
Klaffke, Heinz   
Klahn, Günther   
Klahn, Walter   
Klappenbach, Walter31-05-1898 more 
Klasing, Ernst09-12-190127-03-1977more 
Klaus, Heinrich   
Klauser, Franz   
Kleber, Franz   
Kleberger, Franz19-06-188821-03-1971 
Kleemeier, Ludwig   
Klinckowstroem, Graf von, Karl   
Klingler, Josef09-10-187826-12-1960 
Klink, Dr., Franz   
Kloess, Hans-Karl   
Klugar, Karl   
Knaus, Robert   
Knepper, Gustav Heinrich25-03-187019-10-1951 
Knieling, Lutz   
Kniffert, Alfred   
Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, von, Friedrich05-12-189011-10-1950 
Knoll, Willy   
Knorr, Hans   
Knorr, Reinhard   
Koch, Karl-Otto02-08-189705-04-1945more 
Koch-Erpach, Rudolf09-04-188627-11-1971more 
Kockzius, Kurt   
Koelitz, Hans   
Koepke, Jacob21-02-1900  
Koepsch, Dr., Egon   
Koerbler, Alois   
Koethe, Erich   
Kohl, Otto (WH-Generalleutnant)08-04-188602-03-1972 
Kohlbecker, Paul   
Kohlhauer, Erich02-05-189114-12-1970 
Komp, Karl   
Kopkow, Horst29-11-191013-10-1996 
Kopp, Ernst   
Korbion, Heinrich   
Kornprobst, Franz08-10-189231-05-1979more 
Korreng, August01-05-187807-06-1945 
Korte, Hermann   
Kortzfleisch, von, Joachim03-01-189020-04-1945more 
Kosel, Gerhard   
Koser, Johann   
Kraemer, Dr. , Ernst   
Kraewel, von, Kurt  more 
Krahmer, Otto   
Kramer, Josef10-11-190613-12-1945more 
Krasa, Karl   
Kratzenberg, Ernst   
Krause, Günther   
Krause, Kurt   
Krause, Otto Wilhelm August04-08-1889  
Kreutzer, Erich   
Kreuz, Lothar09-09-188824-01-1969 
Kreuzer, Dr., Georg   
Kreuzig, Dr., Hans   
Krimmer, Leo   
Kroger, Karl   
Kroger, Otto   
Kroiß, Ferdinand   
Krug, Ludwig   
Krummel, Adolf14-12-189014-12-1960 
Krumpelt, Dr., Hans   
Krupke, Heinrich   
Krux, Werner   
Krüger, Dr. , Richard   
Krüger, Friedrich-Wilhelm08-05-189410-05-1945more 
Krümmel, Carl24-01-189521-08-1942 
Krüpl, Othmar18-08-189330-09-1992 
Krämer, Ernst23-01-1909  
Krömer, Josef   
Kube, Wilhelm-Richard Paul13-11-188722-09-1943 
Kuhn, Fritz   
Kulbe, Walter  more 
Kunowski, von, Werner   
Kunstmann, Karl   
Kuntze, Walter23-02-188301-04-1960more 
Kunze, Heinz   
Kuppe, Hermann   
Kurek, Viktor   
Kurz, Eugen13-11-189504-11-1981 
Kurze, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Kuschow, Otto Friedrich Karl31-12-189020-04-1945more 
Kutscher, Hans   
Kußmaul, Dr., Wilhelm   
Küfner, Konrad   
Kühl, Bernhard25-05-188622-02-1946more 
Kühne, Fritz   
Kühne, Gerhard   
Kühne, Otto   
Kühnold, Dr., Willi   
Kühny, Alfred   
Küllenberg, Heinrich   
Küpfmüller, Karl06-10-189726-12-1977 
Küppenbender, Heinrich23-02-190100-00-1989 
Köberle, Josef   
Köhler, Erich26-07-188514-01-1955 
König, Herbert   
König, Oskar   
König, Walter10-02-189125-10-1971 
Könighausen, Peter   
Körner, August   
Körner, Hellmut (Allgemeine-SS)16-02-190427-02-1966 
Köstring, Ernst August20-06-187620-11-1953more 

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