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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Nabben, Bernhardt* May 29th, 1917

Naether, Reinhard* January 5th, 1914

Nahrgang, Ernst* August 22nd, 1919

Nanz, Günter* May 19th, 1917

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Nauck, Hans* October 3rd, 1922

Naujoks, Fritz* May 18th, 1908

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Nechutnys, Klaus* May 18th, 1918

Neckenauer, Christian-Daniel* August 18th, 1913

Nessmann, Willi* November 17th, 1915

Neumann, Alfred* December 30th, 1896

Neumann, Willy* March 13th, 1908

Neßlinger, Georg* October 17th, 1896

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Nickel, Erwin* September 28th, 1906

Nickel, Fritz* May 16th, 1920

Niehus, Walter* April 7th, 1916

Niepold, Horst* October 6th, 1908

Nikolaus, Arnold* July 23rd, 1913

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Nill, Hans* February 11th, 1915

Noe, Alfred* August 20th, 1903

Noeske, Hubertus* November 24th, 1911

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Nolte, Heinz* January 26th, 1918

Nonn, Victor-Wilhelm* April 2nd, 1917

Nordmann, Heinz* October 2nd, 1919

Notholt, Bodo* November 2nd, 1887

Nowak, Joseph* May 11th, 1910

Netzbandt, Harald* August 3rd, 1892
† May 27th, 1941

Neuer, Herbert* January 14th, 1918
† May 2nd, 1942

Niemann, John* September 23rd, 1897
† January 26th, 1943

Nentwig, Günther* September 24th, 1898
† January 31st, 1943

Nebauer, Andreas* February 16th, 1893
† February 2nd, 1943

Nemitz, Willi* November 1st, 1910
† April 11th, 1943

Netter, Walter* December 5th, 1919
† May 22nd, 1943

Naßhan, Rupprecht* December 19th, 1914
† August 4th, 1943

Nix, Helmut* 1914
† 1944

Niederländer, Horst* April 1st, 1908
† April 24th, 1944

Naue, Kurt* January 17th, 1916
† April 28th, 1944

Nagengast, Georg* March 3rd, 1909
† July 4th, 1944

Nädele, Wilhelm* April 21st, 1903
† July 6th, 1944

Nagel zu Aichberg, von, Konrad* September 6th, 1912
† August 9th, 1944

Nau, Herbert* April 8th, 1913
† August 28th, 1944

Neumüller, Fritz* March 14th, 1920
† September 1st, 1944

Neitzel, Walter* May 9th, 1913
† September 2nd, 1944

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Nierle, Heinz* May 24th, 1913
† September 13th, 1944

Norz, Jakob* October 20th, 1920
† September 16th, 1944

Neuner, Josef* February 6th, 1915
† September 29th, 1944

Nowotny, Walter* December 7th, 1920
† November 8th, 1944

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Nomanni, Lorenz* December 11th, 1909
† January 8th, 1945

Nordmann, Theodor* December 18th, 1918
† January 19th, 1945

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Nemnich, Gerhart* November 10th, 1912
† March 15th, 1945

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Neu, Kurt* February 28th, 1921
† April 7th, 1945

Nedden, Hans-Günther* July 17th, 1913
† April 28th, 1945
Plot: 2 Grave: 550

Nossek, Rainer* May 5th, 1920
† April 30th, 1945

Nostitz-Wallwitz, von, Gustav-Adolf* July 11th, 1898
† May 31st, 1945

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Nake, Albin* March 1st, 1888
† 1947

Neidholdt, Fritz* November 16th, 1887
† March 5th, 1947

Noeldechen, Ferdinand* April 26th, 1895
† October 19th, 1951

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Newiger, Albert* January 4th, 1889
† 1956

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Nielsen, Andreas* December 23rd, 1899
† April 24th, 1957

Neuling, Ferdinand* August 22nd, 1885
† February 20th, 1960

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Neumann, Friedrich* December 23rd, 1895
† October 4th, 1961

Nottbeck, von, Jürgen* April 20th, 1917
† August 28th, 1967

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Niegsch, Karl* October 31st, 1906
† July 4th, 1969

Nussel, Paul* April 30th, 1914
† December 19th, 1969

Neumann, Eggert* December 30th, 1912
† May 28th, 1970

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Neufellner, Karl* February 2nd, 1892
† June 16th, 1970

Neumann, Werner* May 13th, 1905
† July 4th, 1970

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Niemann, Eduard* October 25th, 1883
† April 7th, 1973

Narjes, Anton* October 3rd, 1905
† November 21st, 1975

Nordt, Otto* January 12th, 1902
† July 25th, 1976

Navarini, Enea* April 1st, 1885
† March 22nd, 1977

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Nöske, Klaus* November 26th, 1911
† May 15th, 1978

Noak, Karl-Heinz* July 30th, 1916
† November 14th, 1978

Nickel, Heinrich-Georg* December 5th, 1894
† January 2nd, 1979

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Necker, von, Hans-Horst* August 28th, 1903
† February 27th, 1979

Natzmer, von, Oldwig Otto* June 29th, 1904
† April 1st, 1980

Nagel, Wilhelm* June 12th, 1898
† April 23rd, 1980

Neide, Kurt* July 8th, 1916
† September 22nd, 1980

Niehoff, Hermann* April 3rd, 1897
† November 5th, 1980

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Nass, Walter* May 29th, 1910
† October 6th, 1982

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Nostitz, Graf von , Eberhard* February 15th, 1906
† 1983

Namyslo, Bruno* September 27th, 1912
† August 26th, 1988

Niehuus, Heinz* April 26th, 1913
† June 29th, 1989

Nolte, Heinrich* September 11th, 1905
† September 5th, 1990

Neumeister, Karl* August 15th, 1903
† October 2nd, 1990

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Niemeyer, Heinrich (KM-U-boot)* June 15th, 1910
† November 1st, 1991

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Nickel, Walter* June 8th, 1919
† March 10th, 1994

Neubert, Rudolf* September 8th, 1914
† April 19th, 1995

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Notz, von, Friedrich-Wilhelm* April 27th, 1915
† January 26th, 1996

Naseband, Werner* January 8th, 1916
† August 29th, 1997

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Nökel, Friedrich-Karl* June 2nd, 1917
† October 17th, 1998

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Neuer, Walther* February 9th, 1910
† December 21st, 1999

Neumann, Joachim* November 3rd, 1916
† October 17th, 2000

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Neumann, Klaus* October 5th, 1923
† December 10th, 2000

Nilshon, Hans* November 25th, 1916
† May 11th, 2001

Neuhoff, Karl* April 24th, 1915
† December 25th, 2001

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Nippa, Erhard* February 7th, 1922
† June 27th, 2003

Neubert, Frank* September 28th, 1915
† December 13th, 2003

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Neuhoff, Hermann* April 11th, 1918
† January 17th, 2006

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