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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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Hartinger, Hermann   
Henlein, Konrad06-05-189810-05-1945 
Huchatz, ?   
Handl, Josef   
Hofmann, Otto16-03-189631-12-1982more 
Hildebrandt, Friedrich Karl Heinrich August19-09-189805-11-1948more 
Heusinger, Adolf04-08-189730-11-1982more 
Harster, Dr. jur., Wilhelm21-07-190425-12-1991more 
Holleck-Weithmann, Wolfgang   
Hoppe, Paul Werner28-02-191015-07-1974 
Hanneken, von, Hermann05-01-189022-07-1981more 
Höss, Rudolf Franz Ferdinand (KL Auschwitz)25-11-190016-04-1947more 
Heutz, Joseph "Josef"  more 
Hükelheim, Heinz09-09-190931-01-1898 
Hoffmann, Adolf   
Haubenreiser, Walther05-04-188329-06-1961 
Huss, Fritz   
Hinzpeter, Alwin09-06-1907  
Hinrichs, Hermann   
Harder, Kurt 30-03-1943 
Hoffmann, Max   
Hemmerich, Gerlach04-02-187931-12-1969 
Hanneken, von, Hermann05-01-189022-07-1981 
Henne, Willi12-07-190710-02-1977 
Hoffmann, Albert   
Hölzer, Peter   
Hellmann, Paul13-03-188919-02-1964more 
Hansen, Peter30-09-189623-05-1967more 
Herre, Heinz Danko  more 
Hanke, Karl24-08-190308-06-1945more 
Herbers, Wilhelm   
Heyne, Hans04-10-190024-12-1973 
Hellenthal, Remigius   
Handloser, Siegfried25-03-189503-07-1954more 
Huber, Reinhold12-01-190423-12-1984 
Hinkerohe, Joseph14-02-1910  
Helldorff, Graf von, Wolfgang Heinrich14-10-189615-08-1944 
Hoelck, Klaus10-02-191314-04-1984more 
Hierl, Konstantin24-02-187523-09-1955more 
Hühnlein, Adolf12-09-188118-06-1942more 
Heydrich, Reinhardt "Reinhard"07-03-190404-06-1942more 
Haizmann, Richard Robert29-04-191024-02-1943more 
Hüsselrath, Dr. , Günter   
Humboldt-Dachroeden, Freiherr von, Hubertus   
Hülsemann, Walter   
Hübner, Eugen   
Hotop, Gerhard   
Hößlin, von, Hubert02-03-188223-06-1968 
Hößlin, von, Hans   
Horstkotte, Theodor   
Horster, Prof. Dr., Hermann   
Hörnle, Anton   
Horn, Walter   
Hoppe, Heinz   
Hooven, van, Hans-Günther27-10-189607-09-1964 
Honefeld, Hindrich   
Homilius, Ernst   
Holm, Karl15-08-188430-03-1945 
Holm, Hans04-02-189113-05-1971 
Hollmann, Wilhelm11-06-189618-01-1981 
Hollensteiner, Dr., Gottfried   
Hollenberg, Gerhard   
Holland, Ernst   
Hofstetten, Friedrich   
Hofmann, Oswald   
Hofmann, Hans Otto   
Hofmann, Bernhard   
Hoffmann, Karl   
Hoffmann, Dr. , Werner   
Hoegner, Hermann   
Hoeflner, Hans   
Höcker, Erich   
Hocke, Karl-Heinz   
Hock, Otto   
Hippke, Erich, 
Hinterholzinger, Georg   
Hildemann, Fritz18-05-188915-12-1975 
Hildebrandt, Fritz (LXXVI. Panzer-Korps)   
Heyna, Max   
Hey, Alwin   
Heusinger, Bruno   
Hesselbarth, Gerhard   
Herzberg, Dr., Joachim-Johannes   
Hertzer, Ernst   
Herrmann, Kurt   
Hermann, Robert   
Herbst, Albert   
Henschel, Georg   
Henrici, Hans15-01-189523-04-1960 
Henning, Werner   
Hennig, Dr., Ulrich   
Henneberg, Dr. , Ernst   
Henke, Hans-Georg   
Helmke, Walter   
Heinrich, Paul   
Heinemann, Werner   
Heineke, Dr., Karl   
Heindel, Kurt   
Hein, Wolfgang   
Heigl, Heinrich   
Heidrich, Herbert   
Hederich, Wilhelm01-09-188104-11-1975 
Hawliczek, Erich   
Hauck, Georg   
Haubold, Alfred   
Haub, Josef   
Haßel, Kurt26-06-191109-06-1963 
Hase, von, Paul   
Harz, Siegfried   
Hartung, Karl   
Hartmann, Walter   
Hartmann, Martin   
Hartmann, Heinz07-07-191215-01-1961more 
Hartleben, Dr. , Hans   
Harms, Heinrich   
Harbers, Christian   
Hänsel, Otto   
Hanke, Alfred   
Hanel, Kurt   
Hampe, Erich   
Hammerstein-Equord, Freiherr von, Günther16-09-187717-10-1965more 
Hammerstein, Freiherr von, Christian29-05-188721-02-1963 
Hamm, Alexander   
Hamelau, Hans   
Hamann, Hans-Heinz   
Halm, Hans24-02-187909-10-1957more 
Haller, Roland   
Hallberg zu Broich, Freiherr von, Franz13-04-189519-10-1982more 
Hainzelmaier, Michael   
Hain, Johannes   
Hahn, Gustav   
Hagemann, Dpil.Ing., Julius   
Hackl, Franz   
Häcker, Hans   
Hacke, Friedrich23-11-1912  
Habicht, Franz   
Haberberger, Alfred, Dr. (Sanitätskompanie)16-12-191012-11-1944 
Habenicht, Dr., Gerhart   
Haase, Otto   
Haase, Friedrich   
Haase, Conrad   
Haas, Franz   
Haack, Hermann   
Hey, Friedrich   
Heinemann, Erich   
Hecker, Hans26-02-189501-05-1979more