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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Zellot, Walter* October 6th, 1920
† September 10th, 1942

Zwesken, Rudolf "Rudi" "Bulle"* August 13th, 1919
† February 22nd, 1946

Zymalkowski, Felix* August 13th, 1913
† August 17th, 2004

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Zander, Helmut* December 9th, 1908
† October 11th, 1990

Zellner, Johann "Hans"* June 19th, 1918
† February 27th, 1945

Zittwitz, von, Wilhelm* August 22nd, 1917

Zimmermann, Manfred* October 25th, 1918
† July 4th, 1944

Zauner, Franz* September 4th, 1916
† July 29th, 2008

Zeller, Konrad* September 9th, 1911
† January 24th, 1996

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Zehender, August Friedrich* April 28th, 1903
† February 11th, 1945
Plot: 1 

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Zimmermann, Ernst* March 18th, 1915
† July 7th, 1943

Zorn, Hans* October 27th, 1891
† August 2nd, 1943

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Zintl, Franz-Xaver* June 14th, 1914
† March 23rd, 1993

Zimmermann, Hermann* November 18th, 1897
† January 11th, 1978

Zettler, Rudolf* May 19th, 1916
† June 27th, 1944

Ziegler, Joachim* October 19th, 1904
† May 2nd, 1945

Ziemer, Ernst* December 9th, 1911
† August 6th, 1986

Zillmann, Erich* January 10th, 1912
† August 9th, 1986

Zwernemann, Josef "Jupp"* March 26th, 1916
† April 8th, 1944

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Zweigart, Eugen-Ludwig* March 5th, 1914
† June 8th, 1944

Zorner, Paul Anton Guido* March 31st, 1920
† January 27th, 2014

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Zöllner, Heinz* November 7th, 1919
† November 5th, 1944

Zimmermann, Oskar* December 6th, 1917
† June 12th, 1976

Zillich, Karl* June 22nd, 1921
† April 14th, 1944

Zaage, Albert* March 27th, 1900

Zachariae-Lingenthal, Edel Heinrich* April 19th, 1916
† March 30th, 1998

Zahn, Lothar* September 20th, 1911
† February 10th, 1989

Zaloga, Fritz* January 1st, 1912
† June 23rd, 1944

Zander, Herbert* January 21st, 1915

Zandler, Johann* November 16th, 1921

Zastrow, von, Hans-Viktor* April 12th, 1907
† December 10th, 1942

Zatorski, von, Max* March 5th, 1922
† January 3rd, 2004

Zboron, Leonhard* December 24th, 1913

Zebhauser, Paul* June 9th, 1913
† June 22nd, 1992

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Zecherle, Konrad* February 16th, 1919
† March 7th, 2009

Zeiher, Robert* November 1st, 1919
† June 13th, 2000

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Zeissig, Richard Wilhelm* January 27th, 1897
† January 6th, 1942

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Zeissler, Heinz* December 15th, 1919

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Zeller, Herbert* March 2nd, 1915

Zellmann, Herbert* February 11th, 1916
† August 30th, 1943
Plot: 3 

Zellner, Karl* September 28th, 1918
† September 13th, 1943

Zelsacher, Adolf* May 30th, 1921
† May 4th, 1943

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Zemanek, Walter* May 25th, 1918

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Zepner, Alois* August 16th, 1914
† November 14th, 1944

Zewe, Wilhelm* March 29th, 1920
† May 31st, 1944

Zick, Alois* December 24th, 1918
† August 31st, 1943

Zick, Siegfried* December 25th, 1916

Zieb, Paul-Willy* June 3rd, 1892
† August 9th, 1972

Ziedainis, Miervaldis* January 15th, 1915
† July 16th, 1946

Ziegler, Heinz* May 19th, 1894
† August 21st, 1972

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Ziegler, Herbert* October 8th, 1904
† June 25th, 1944
Plot: 55 Grave: 97

Zieher, Erich* April 13th, 1913

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Ziehr, Leonhard* March 8th, 1914
† April 29th, 1989

Zielke, Heinrich* May 22nd, 1916
† March 29th, 1944

Zierenberg, Bernhard* October 20th, 1920
† August 9th, 1943

Zimmer, Karl (Grenadier-Regiment 105)* April 9th, 1913
† April 21st, 2002

Zimmer, Richard* June 21st, 1893
† June 20th, 1971

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Zimmermann, Bodo* November 26th, 1886
† April 16th, 1963

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Zimmermann, Herbert (Waffen-SS "Das Reich")* May 31st, 1916
† April 8th, 1945
Grave: 209

Zimmermann, Jakob* January 9th, 1912
† October 8th, 1943

Zimmermann, Rudolf (Schützen-Regiment 73)* December 25th, 1916
† January 25th, 1996

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Zinnert, Helmut* January 11th, 1920
† March 4th, 1984

Zipfel, Willibald* July 8th, 1919
† February 2nd, 1964

Zoll, Erhard* August 1st, 1914
† July 17th, 2004

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Zollenkopf, Helmuth* May 19th, 1896

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Zollenkopf, Martin* October 28th, 1921
† March 6th, 1945
Plot: Q Row: 17 Grave: 503

Zollhöfer, Emil* September 20th, 1911
† August 20th, 1984

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Zorell, Alois* June 21st, 1914
† December 11th, 2003

Zschimmer, Kurt* November 20th, 1920

Zugehör, Günter* December 18th, 1909
† July 1st, 1966

Zukertort, Johannes* April 29th, 1886
† March 7th, 1969

Zunker, Ernst* September 9th, 1898
† December 18th, 1980

Zurmühlen, Bernhard* February 23rd, 1909
† November 25th, 1943

Zweng, Wilhelm "Willi"* November 26th, 1915
† August 27th, 1944

Zwickenpflug, Johann* September 29th, 1914
† June 7th, 1969

Zwipf, Heinrich* January 13th, 1914
† April 7th, 1944

Zühlke, Harry† January 1st, 1967

Zäh, Friedrich* March 3rd, 1917
† January 20th, 1945

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Zörn, Ernst* October 30th, 1907
† October 7th, 1943

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