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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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Eichmann, Otto Adolf19-03-190601-06-1962 
Eggen, Hans Wilhelm05-06-1912  
Ewerth, Klaus28-03-190720-12-1943 
Eisenbeck, Martin13-02-1895  
Erdmann, Kurt23-09-000010-11-1966 
Epp, Ritter von, Franz16-10-186831-01-1947more 
Ecks, Friedrich   
Erfurth, Waldemar04-08-187902-05-1971 
Ennsberger, Alois (Waffen SS)26-10-191407-04-1973 
Engel, Johann15-05-189418-07-1973more 
Euling, Karl-Heinz16-08-191914-04-2014more 
Engelhardt, Conrad26-03-189828-10-1973 
Eigler, Johann31-01-1913 more 
Ewert, Walther20-11-190304-07-1976more 
Evers, Friedrich   
Euler, Ludwig   
Etzdorf, von, Joachim   
Eschenauer, Arthur   
Eschbaum, Paul   
Ernst, Georg   
Erdmann, Hubertus   
Engels, Paul   
Engel, Gerhard13-04-190609-12-1976more 
Elger, Alfred   
Eifrig, Willy   
Eidenmüller, Johann (Panzer-Abteilung 505)   
Eichheim, Siegfried   
Eichen-Wiersdorff, Kurt   
Ehrle, Dr., Berthold   
Eggert, Ernst   
Eggers, Wilhelm19-10-191200-00-1945 
Edelmann, Karl05-07-189125-01-1971 
Eckstein, Willy   
Eckoldt, Wilhelm   
Eckhardt, Alfred30-05-187210-02-1960 
Ebert, Franz   
Eberle, Rene08-11-189121-03-1945 
Ebeling, Ernst   
Eulenburg, Graf zu, Jonas Kasimir26-07-190108-04-1945more