Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

The German Cross (Deutschen Kreuz) is build up out of 5 separate parts and although the name suggests otherwise, it has the shape of a large 8-pointed breast star with in the center a large black swastika which is outlined in silver. The name of this award comes from this 21,5 mm big swastika. This swastika is placed upon a red-bordered silver disk and upon this red border is a golden laurel leaf wreath mounted. The golden wreath measures 39 mm across and is made out of single laurel leaves that are bounded together with a silk lint. At the bottom of the wreath is a square box with the year 1941 impressed into it. This date refers to the year of institution and from underneath this wreath emerge the eight star points. These points are chemically blackened and have the appearance of sunrays. Underneath these points is a 63 mm large silver backing plate placed which has the same shape as the award, only it’s slightly bigger so it forms the outer line of the award. At the reverse are 4 or 6 rivets visible and through the number of rivets you can recognize if the award was made in Germany or Austria. The German Crosses with 4 rivets were made in Germany and the pieces with 6 rivets in Austria. Further is there at the reverse a large width pin with a standard hook construction placed. If the award is marked with the LDO-number of the producer, then it is stamped in either the front or backside of the pin. To prevent damaging the award during combat, there was also a cloth version made. This cloth version has a metal wreath and the backing cloth colour is the same as the tunic colour of the corresponding Army branch. Fieldgrey is for the Army (Heer) and Waffen-SS, bleu-grey for the Air Force, (Luftwaffe) Marine bleu for the Navy (Kriegsmarine) and black for the Armored forces.

The German Cross in Gold (Deutsches Kreuz in Gold) was awarded for bravery and outstanding achievements in combat but where the Knight’s Cross wasn’t awarded for. The recipient did however already had to own the Iron Cross 1st Class (Eisernes Kreuz 1 Klasse) or Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse with swords. The exact number of times that the German Cross in Gold was bestowed is still unknow at this time.

The OKW barred/stopped by decree the awarding of the Gernan Cross in Gold for "multiple remarkable services in troop leadership" from March 10th, 1945 on.

Borchers, Adolf* February 10th, 1913
† February 9th, 1996

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Fürst, Rudolf* April 16th, 1920

Franke, Leo* May 16th, 1914
† September 17th, 1991

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Fincke, Walter* April 4th, 1918

Federwisch, Heinz† May 27th, 2014

Flügge, Josef* May 6th, 1909

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Fehrensen, Wilhelm* December 12th, 1898
† February 14th, 1945

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Frimberger, Adolf* January 31st, 1919

Forst, Josef* June 11th, 1923
† October 21st, 1944
Row: 14 Grave: 25

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Funck, Freiherr von, Hans* December 23rd, 1891
† February 14th, 1979

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Fröhlich, Stefan* October 7th, 1889
† October 2nd, 1978

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Friedrich, Max* March 30th, 1918
† December 6th, 1975

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Friedel, Herbert* June 10th, 1917
† July 22nd, 1990

Frey, Harry* January 21st, 1914
† July 11th, 1943

Frey, Emil* April 6th, 1904
† March 23rd, 1980

Frewer, Karl* July 21st, 1908
† March 6th, 1945

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Franke, Kurt* June 13th, 1913
† January 19th, 1945
Plot: 2 Row: 4 Grave: 96

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Frank, Anton-Otto* March 18th, 1912
† March 8th, 1945

Fortun, Horst* March 4th, 1917
† July 6th, 1943

Forst, Werner* December 21st, 1892
† February 3rd, 1971

Foertsch, Friedrich Albert* May 19th, 1900
† December 14th, 1976

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Flügel, Hans* February 13th, 1919
† March 1st, 1989

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Flögel, Josef* October 19th, 1919
† January 24th, 1997

Fischer, Erwin* August 14th, 1912
† December 10th, 1996

Fiebig, Martin* May 7th, 1891
† October 23rd, 1947

Fellerer, Leopold* June 7th, 1919
† July 15th, 1968

Fehn, Gustav* February 21st, 1892
† June 5th, 1945

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Fegelein, Waldemar* January 9th, 1912
† November 20th, 2000

Fegelein, Hermann-Otto* October 30th, 1906
† April 29th, 1945

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Fangohr, Friedrich* August 12th, 1899
† April 17th, 1956

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Falley, Wilhelm* September 25th, 1897
† June 6th, 1944

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Fuß, Hans* September 19th, 1920
† November 10th, 1942

Füllgrabe, Heinrich* July 26th, 1916
† January 30th, 1945

Fuhrhop, Helmut* October 7th, 1912
† February 29th, 1944
Plot: 59 Grave: 448

Fuchs, Karl† October 10th, 1943

Frost, Rupert* October 9th, 1911
† August 20th, 1986

Frömming, Ernst (Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 1)* February 4th, 1911
† August 18th, 1959

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Fritzsche, Immo* December 16th, 1918
† December 14th, 1943

Frimersdorf, Josef* November 21st, 1919
† September 20th, 1944

Frielinghaus, Gustav* March 5th, 1912
† September 11th, 1963

Friedrich, Gerhard (Nachtjagdgeschwader 6)* September 16th, 1917
† March 16th, 1945

Friebel, Herbert* July 28th, 1915
† May 15th, 1944

Freytag, Siegfried "Justav"* November 10th, 1919
† June 1st, 2003

Frey, Hugo* April 14th, 1915
† March 6th, 1944

Freuwörth, Wilhelm "Willi"* November 4th, 1917
† December 5th, 1970

Freiberger, Herbert* January 22nd, 1920

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Freiberg, Kurt* September 5th, 1916
† 1944

Fredericksen, August* July 31st, 1915
† September 28th, 1944

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Franzisket, Ludwig* June 26th, 1917
† November 23rd, 1988

Frantz, Gotthard* May 5th, 1888
† January 21st, 1973

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Franken, Werner* May 2nd, 1916
† February 24th, 1943

Franke, Max* February 21st, 1915
† November 19th, 1986

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Franke, Alfred* September 20th, 1918
† September 9th, 1942

Frank, Rudolf* August 19th, 1920
† April 27th, 1944
Plot: Z Row: 6 Grave: 149

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Frank, Heinz* December 12th, 1914
† October 7th, 1944

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Frank, Hans-Dieter* July 8th, 1919
† September 27th, 1943

Francsi, Gustav-Eduard* November 4th, 1914
† October 6th, 1961

Francois, Edmund* March 3rd, 1915
† March 6th, 1945

Frach, Hans* March 7th, 1915
† November 5th, 2004

Fougier, Rino Corso* November 14th, 1894
† April 24th, 1963

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Forbrig, Horst† June 12th, 1944

Fönnekold, Otto* February 15th, 1920
† August 31st, 1944

Fobker, Herbert* July 20th, 1922
† December 31st, 1943
Plot: 2 Row: 9 Grave: 296

Floder, Thomas* November 24th, 1920
† October 26th, 2009

Fitzner, Karl* July 4th, 1915
† July 8th, 1943

Fischer, Siegfried* November 27th, 1918
† March 26th, 1998

Fischer, Michael* March 21st, 1915
† October 25th, 1980

Fischer, Hermann (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader 1)* February 28th, 1920
† July 11th, 1943

Fischer, Heinz (LW-Sturzkampfgeschwader)* May 22nd, 1917
† October 26th, 1942

Fischbach, Adolf* August 6th, 1920
† November 16th, 1972

Finke, Andreas* April 27th, 1913
† September 2nd, 1944

Fink, Johannes* March 28th, 1895
† June 1st, 1981

Fink, Günter* March 17th, 1918
† May 15th, 1943

Findeisen, Herbert* July 11th, 1913
† May 11th, 1963

Filius, Ernst* July 20th, 1916
† March 30th, 1944

Fickel, Helmut* November 27th, 1921
† April 6th, 2005

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Felder, Paul* September 10th, 1919
† September 7th, 2012

Fecht, von der, Karl-August* October 3rd, 1914
† August 4th, 1976

Fechner, Konrad* November 1st, 1918
† July 27th, 2013

Fath, Fridolin* May 1st, 1908
† March 17th, 1987

Fassong, von, Horst-Günther* April 27th, 1919
† January 1st, 1945

Falkenstein, Freiherr von, Sigismund* September 14th, 1903
† June 2nd, 1972

Fach, Ernst* July 6th, 1912
† May 15th, 1943

Fuchs, Rudolf (8. Zerstörerflottille)* November 2nd, 1912
† November 20th, 1944

Friske, Franz* January 24th, 1890

Frisius, Friedrich* January 17th, 1895
† August 30th, 1970

Frauenheim, Fritz Hermann Günter* March 9th, 1912
† September 28th, 1969

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Fraatz, Georg-Werner* March 30th, 1917
† February 15th, 1943

Forstmann, Gustav* June 10th, 1908
† February 2nd, 1985

Förster, Hans-Joachim* February 20th, 1920
† February 24th, 1945

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Förste, Erich* February 11th, 1892
† July 10th, 1963
Plot: I 

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Fock, Wilhelm* October 21st, 1913
† December 10th, 1995

Fock, Henri* June 30th, 1909
† November 13th, 1978

Flesche, Dr., Franz-Wilhelm* August 1st, 1897

Fleige, Karl* September 5th, 1905
† February 16th, 1975

Fischer, Ernst* October 6th, 1912
† January 17th, 1992

Fischer, Walter (KM-Vorposten)* September 25th, 1893
† June 26th, 1988

Fischel, von, Hermann* January 13th, 1887
† May 14th, 1950

Feller, Georg-Wolfgang* July 9th, 1915
† March 23rd, 1991

Fein, Otto* March 28th, 1895
† January 9th, 1953

Feiler, Gerhard* September 6th, 1909

Fehler, Johann-Heinrich* September 20th, 1910
† May 15th, 1993

Fassbender, Alfred* January 13th, 1912

Falke, Hans* June 16th, 1920

Friederici, Jens-Detlef* July 12th, 1915
† August 4th, 1983

Frey, Albert* February 16th, 1913
† September 1st, 2003

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Freitag, Fritz* April 28th, 1894
† May 10th, 1945

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Forstreuter, Hans-Boto* November 1st, 1912
† October 7th, 1986

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Fitzthum, Josef* September 14th, 1896
† January 10th, 1945

Fischer, Hans (SS-Panzer-Regiment)* November 24th, 1922
† July 18th, 2005

Fischer, Alfred* December 14th, 1907
† July 28th, 1945

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Fechner, Heinz* December 13th, 1920
† February 3rd, 1945

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Friedhoff, Siegfried* November 25th, 1920

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Fink, Karl-Heinrich* April 1st, 1922
† April 23rd, 1980

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Fehlhaber, Erwin* July 27th, 1911

Fröbel, Hans-Roland* October 3rd, 1921

Fütterer, Robert* March 11th, 1911

Fürguth, Helmut* December 21st, 1894
† May 8th, 1943

Funk, Heinrich* April 8th, 1910
† January 13th, 1988

Fuhrmann, Hans-Georg* December 18th, 1914
† November 18th, 2008

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Fuhr, Werner* May 25th, 1924

Fuchs, Ludwig* May 9th, 1918

Fuchs, August* December 7th, 1915
† December 15th, 1990

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Fubel, Karl* November 6th, 1916

Fröschlin, Julius† January 17th, 1942

Fromm, Ernst* July 15th, 1914
† April 25th, 1945
Plot: Q Row: 12 Grave: 296

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Frölich, Gottfried* 1894
† July 30th, 1959

Fröhlich, Karl* December 22nd, 1914
† August 22nd, 1986

Fritzsche, Hans Karl* January 3rd, 1914
† June 8th, 1999

Fritzler, Heinz* January 7th, 1915
† March 25th, 1992

Fritsche, Hans-Martin* June 24th, 1909
† May 27th, 1993

Fritsch, Freiherr von, Wolf* September 20th, 1915

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Frisch, Helmut* February 3rd, 1907

Frink, Helmut* June 28th, 1919
† August 28th, 1943

Friker, August* May 28th, 1899
† July 19th, 1966

Frießner, Johannes* March 22nd, 1892
† June 26th, 1971

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Fries, Walter* April 22nd, 1894
† August 6th, 1982

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