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 There is a version in existence where the pin and hook construction has been replaced by a screw with a large screw cap.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
Steinbrinck, Otto19-12-188816-08-1949more 
Sievers, Wolfram10-07-190502-06-1948 
Schulz, Erwin27-11-190011-11-1981more 
Scharpwinkel, Wilhelm04-12-190417-10-1947 
Strauch, Eduard17-08-190600-09-1955 
Schütz, Carl   
Six, Franz Alfred12-08-190909-07-1975more 
Schmidt, Viktor15-02-1904  
Schellenberg, Walter Friedrich16-01-191031-03-1952more 
Scherer, Willibald13-07-189200-00-1969 
Schwarz, Franz Xaver27-11-187502-12-1947 
Stangl, Franz Paul26-03-190828-06-1971 
Schwedler, Horst   
Streit, Gerhard17-11-189226-05-1979 
Schröder, Wilhelm07-07-189617-07-1979more 
Schneider, Hans (SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3)13-10-1912  
Schumacher, Werner (SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 113)14-12-1914  
Schmeidler, Herbert15-10-188924-10-1955 
Swetina, Alois07-04-1892  
Schmieden, Victor Gottfried Otto19-01-187411-10-1945 
Seibert, Fritz   
Schaeffer, Emil   
Scholz, Hans   
Schlegel, Hans   
Schütte, Ernst-Wilhelm00-00-1885  
Schürer, Friedrich19-06-188127-10-1948 
Stud, Erich05-05-188807-07-1968 
Schindler, Max-Josef11-12-188015-01-1963 
Schaede, Hans-Joachim   
Schell, Wilhelm   
Schmerbeck, Karl   
Schardin, Hubert17-06-190227-09-1965 
Schulz, Hans   
Sutor, Heinrich16-04-1890 more 
Schulz, Kurt (Jäger-Regiment 75)01-06-190912-04-1944 
Schmidt, Kurt Erich Heinrich09-04-189103-03-1945 
Streit, Bernhard06-10-191302-02-1975 
Schach, Gerhard08-03-190627-01-1972 
Sadowski, Gustav   
Schuhart, Otto01-04-190910-03-1990more 
Sommerfeld, Heinrich   
Schreiber, Kurt (Generalleutnant)  more 
Stroop, Jürgen26-09-189506-03-1952more 
Suhr, Friedrich06-05-190731-05-1946more 
Seidel, von, Hans-Georg11-11-189110-11-1955more 
Schulze, Wilhelm   
Sextl, Anton26-07-190428-08-1944 
Schmitz, Nikolaus00-00-189500-00-1979more 
Schulze, Curt (Professor Doktor Veterinär)19-11-188110-11-1966more 
Sauerbruch, Ferdinand-Ernst03-07-187502-07-1951 
Schieber, Walter13-09-189629-06-1960more 
Sawatzki, Albin06-10-190901-05-1945 
Saur, Karl Otto16-06-190228-07-1966more 
Schöning, Nikolaus   
Stiotta, von, Max Edler06-06-188725-11-1977more 
Schultes, Ernst Otto06-08-190601-08-1979more 
Schindler, Albert (WH-Infanterie)19-02-190900-00-1982more 
Schier, Rudolf16-06-191402-09-2004more 
Salmann, Otto05-07-190821-04-1970more 
Streckenbach, Bruno07-02-190228-10-1977more 
Suren, Walter   
Stutzki, Dr., Heinz   
Stutz, Hans15-06-1910  
Stürzel, Georg   
Stülpnagel, von, Heinrich   
Stührenberg, Hans   
Studt, Emil   
Studnitz, von, Helmut   
Studnitz, von, Helfrid02-05-191108-05-1994 
Ströbl, Josef   
Streit, Hanns   
Streicek, Günter 01-05-1945 
Strecker, Willy   
Streccius, Alfred   
Straumer, Johannes   
Stoye, Hermann   
Störmer, Willibald   
Stoltz, Georg-Günther   
Stollberger, Kurt   
Stoewer, Walther   
Stockhausen, Erich   
Stocker, Heinrich   
Stockburger, Artur   
Stochdorph, Otto   
Stigler, Franz   
Stieringer, Ernst   
Stiegel, Heinrich   
Steppuhn, Albrecht   
Stenglin, Freiherr von, Alexander   
Steltzer, Theodor17-12-188527-10-1967 
Stellwaag, Dr., Ernst   
Steinmetz, Karl   
Steinmetz, Erich   
Steininger, Hans   
Steiner, Dr., Richard   
Steinberg, Dr. , Heinrich   
Steinbeck, Hans   
Stein, Erich (Luftflotte 3)17-07-188421-12-1945 
Steffen, Dr., Peter   
Staudt, Dr., Erich   
Starost, Willy   
Starck, Dr., Fritz   
Stange, Klaus   
Stahm, Dr., August   
Stadelmaier, Willi   
Sporn, Hans04-05-1907  
Spier, Dr., Walter   
Speich, Richard   
Spacil, Josef   
Sonnek, Fritz   
Sommer, Dr., Albrecht   
Sommer, Dipl.Ing., Hugo   
Sollmann, Peter-Kurt   
Sohn, Dr., Edgar   
Sobbe, von, Wilfried   
Skoczylas, Edmund   
Simon, Kurt   
Sigel, Dr., Otto   
Siegmann, Albert   
Sieber, Peter   
SIBURG, Hans   
Semper, Hans   
Semmler, Dr., Walter   
Selle, Otto   
Seitzer, Otto   
Seidl, Karl   
Seidemann, Herbert   
Seebach, von, Thilo30-06-189021-10-1966 
Sedlmayr, Dr., Gebhard   
Scupin, Jörg   
Schwerin, Graf von, Bogislav   
Schwerdtfeger, Dr., Horst   
Schwarz, Karl   
Schwarz, Karl   
Schwarz, Georg   
Schwarz, Dr., Walther   
Schwalbe, Felix   
Schwaighofer, Thomas09-01-1913  
Schwab, Otto07-09-188917-04-1959 
Schwaab, Eugen   
Schuttwolf, Heinz   
Schuster, Fritz   
Schünemann, Walter   
Schumacher, Raoul   
Schulz-Gahmen, Dr., Werner   
Schulze, Paul   
Schulze, Erich-Edgar   
Schulze, Edwin   
Schulze, Dr. , Martin   
Schulz, Dr., Rolf   
Schulz, Dr., Johannes   
Schultze, Otto   
Schultz, Christian   
Schulte-Mönting, Erich   
Schuldei, Heinz   
Schubert, Rudolf   
Schubert, Karl   
Schroer, Wilhelm   
Schröder, Wilhelm   
Schröder, Herbert   
Schröder, Oskar06-02-189126-01-1959 
Schreiner, Rudolf   
Schreiber, Rolf   
Schranz, Johann   
Schrader, Rudolf29-05-189022-08-1945 
Schöppner, Dr.-Ing., Franz   
Schopper, Hubert03-10-191214-12-2000 
Schönfelder, Roland   
Schönfelder, Fritz   
Schönefeld, Helmut   
Schöne, Volkmar   
Scholz, Dr., Wolfgang   
Scholz, Dr., Walter   
Schoeb, Hans   
Schoder, Götz   
Schober, Dr., Friedrich   
Schnüll, Herbert   
Schnizlein,Dr., Gustav   
Schnitzer, Walter   
Schniewindt, Rudolf   
Schneider, Carl   
Schneidemesser, von, Gustav   
Schmitz, Wilhelm (Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung 48)08-08-190618-03-1988more 
Schmitz, Friedrich   
Schmidt-Hofmann, Dr., Hans   
Schmidt-Brücken, Gerhard   
Schmidt-Brücken, Dr., Wolfgang   
Schmidt, Willi   
Schmidt, Walter   
Schmidt, Rudolf (Korvettenkapitän)12-12-1897  
Schmidt, Otto   
Schmidt, Dr., Georg   
Schmidt, Dr. , Wilhelm   
Schmid, Dr., Josef   
Schmetzer, Rudolf   
Schmettow, Graf von, Rudolf08-01-189128-06-1970more 
Schmalz, Dr., Heinrich   
Schlotzhauer, Karl   
Schlicht, Otto   
Schlender, Paul   
Schlembach, Anton   
Schirmer, Kurt   
Schirmer, Heinz   
Schirmer, Hans   
Schindele, Alfons   
Schimming, Gottfried   
Schill, Gerhard   
Schiel, Otto Ewald   
Scherf, Albert-Richard25-05-1897  
Scheppokat, Dr. , Karl   
Schepers, Hans-Joachim   
Stauffenberg, Schenk Graf von, Markwart   
Schenck, Paul   
Schenck, Hans   
Schellhaas, Friedrich   
Scheller, Hermann   
Scheidt, Dr., Rolf   
Scheele, Gerhard   
Schaumburg, Ernst   
Scharff, Hans06-09-1913  
Schalper, Albert   
Schaller-Kalide, Hubert   
Schall-Emden, Robert22-03-189329-01-1946 
Schäfer, Karl   
Schäfer, Dr., Lukas   
Schäfer, Hermann   
Schaewen, von, Hans-Georg   
Schaeffer, Carl-Friedrich   
Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Fürst zu, Gustav-Albr   
Saul, Dr., Gerhard   
Saucke, Kurt   
Sartorius, Dr., Heinrich   
Sander, Werner04-05-1905  
Stapf, Otto13-11-189030-03-1963more