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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.

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert (Gren.Reg.437)* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

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Abbas, Horst* September 7th, 1910

Abel, Adolf Wilhelm (161. Infanterie-Division)* October 18th, 1914
† August 26th, 1944

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Abel, Fritz-Wilhelm (Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz")* November 28th, 1919
† March 2nd, 1945

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Abel, Ulrich, Dr. ('U-193')* March 3rd, 1912
† April 23rd, 1944

Abel, Werner Ernst Hermann (Schützen-Regiment 33)* May 22nd, 1914
† October 4th, 1943

Abele, Anton (Nahaufklärungsgruppe 16)* January 6th, 1915
† August 27th, 1944

Abele, Emil (Panzer-Regiment 35)* May 14th, 1914
† July 31st, 1993

Abendroth, von, Ferdinand Max Karl* January 4th, 1916
† July 16th, 1944

Aberle, Heinrich Ferdinand (Inf.Reg. 282)* November 21st, 1889
† December 28th, 1941
Plot: 10 Row: 17 Grave: 202

Abraham, Erich Gottfried* March 27th, 1895
† March 7th, 1971

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Abrahamczik, Rudolf* April 17th, 1920
† December 4th, 1996

Abratis, Herbert Karl* March 21st, 1918
† March 29th, 1945

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Achtermann, Wilhelm (Pz.Art.Reg.19)* March 28th, 1924
† April 10th, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: 19 Grave: 497

Acker, Hermann* February 12th, 1915

Ackermann, Georg (KG 53 'Legion Condor')* March 12th, 1918
† December 16th, 2007

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Ackermann, Herbert ('U-185')* December 29th, 1916
† August 25th, 1943

Adam, Helmut (Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 192)* October 1st, 1916
† December 1st, 1942

Adam, Kurt (WH-Generalmajor)* July 8th, 1897
† January 24th, 1973

Adamowitsch, Felix (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 904)* November 20th, 1919
† February 10th, 2013

Ademeit, Horst* February 8th, 1912
† August 7th, 1944

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Adolff, Heinz-Paul* June 29th, 1914
† July 17th, 1943
Plot: 4 Row: 6 Grave: 1-27

Adolph, Günther* November 14th, 1914

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Adolph-Auffenberg-Komarow, Gustav* July 11th, 1887
† February 8th, 1967

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Adomeit, Reinhard Erich* July 14th, 1914
† February 28th, 1945

Adrario, Friedrich* November 29th, 1918
† June 25th, 2011

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Aechtner, Fritz* March 4th, 1916
† May 1st, 2007

Afheldt, Werner* November 18th, 1908

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Ager, Franz* February 14th, 1915

Agricola, Kurt* August 15th, 1889
† December 27th, 1955

Agtha, Egon August* January 29th, 1918
† May 2nd, 1945

Ahlers, Bruno* November 3rd, 1915

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Ahnert, Heinrich-Wilhelm* April 29th, 1915
† August 23rd, 1942

Ahnert, Heinz* July 17th, 1917

Ahrens, Friedrich* May 6th, 1916

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Ahrens, Hinrich* March 15th, 1921
† December 31st, 2009

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Ahrens, Wilhelm "Willi"* October 1st, 1912
† August 26th, 1998

Aigen, Reinhard* May 20th, 1913
† September 19th, 1943

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Aigner, Anton* November 30th, 1914
† November 16th, 1999

Aigner, Hellmuth* December 18th, 1905

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Aigner, Ludwig* July 15th, 1916

Albat, Ernst* May 18th, 1917
† 1992

Albers, Hans-Peter* November 20th, 1914
† March 10th, 1956

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Albers, Hans-Wilhelm* June 12th, 1914
† June 4th, 1944

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Albers, Walter* January 17th, 1923
† August 22nd, 1943

Albert, d', Benvenuto* October 24th, 1919

Albert, Wilhelm (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 35)* April 24th, 1917
† December 15th, 2004

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Alberts, Hermann ('Z-31')* March 6th, 1905
† April 23rd, 1988

Alberts, Otto* February 22nd, 1893
† December 10th, 1943

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Albohm, Wilhelm* March 19th, 1922
† August 7th, 2001

Albrand, Karl Wolf* May 15th, 1899
† November 11th, 1962

Albrecht, Egon* May 19th, 1918
† August 25th, 1944

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Albrecht, Fritz Wilhelm Karl* December 23rd, 1905
† April 29th, 1977

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Albrecht, Gerhard* November 30th, 1911

Albrecht, Hans-Joachim* March 18th, 1920
† February 1945

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Albrecht, Heino* March 9th, 1921
† October 26th, 1995

Albrecht, Kurt* February 24th, 1889
† September 2nd, 1968

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Albrecht, Walter* May 8th, 1914
† May 23rd, 1944

Aldinger, Hermann (Flak-Regiment)* July 22nd, 1907
† November 1st, 1993

Aldrian, Eduard* April 26th, 1888
† October 1st, 1955

Aldrian, Franz* September 20th, 1895

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Alexy, Hans* February 24th, 1919
† June 7th, 2007

Algermissen, Walter Wilhelm (Pz.Abt. 116)* June 10th, 1915
† December 28th, 1944
Plot: 20 Grave: 19

Allersmeier, Heinz* March 24th, 1917
† March 23rd, 2001

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Allexi, Josef* June 11th, 1914

Allmacher, Friedrich "Fritz"* December 3rd, 1914
† December 26th, 1944

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Alm, Werner* May 4th, 1917

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Aloè, Herbert* July 13th, 1914

Alpers, Friedrich Ludwig Herbert* March 25th, 1901
† September 3rd, 1944
Plot: 61 Grave: 81

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Alsleben, Dietrich (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912)* April 6th, 1920
† February 22nd, 1945
Plot: N Row: 9 Grave: 364

Alten, von, Donald* March 16th, 1897

Alten, von, Ernst* April 17th, 1913

Altenaichinger, Robert* January 3rd, 1920
† February 1994

Altenburg, Hans* February 3rd, 1894
† May 1st, 1945
Plot: S Row: 34a Grave: 907

Altenburger, Günther ("U 515")* September 19th, 1914
† March 23rd, 2009

Altendorf, Heinz* February 26th, 1917
† September 14th, 2008

Alteneder, Dr., Friedrich* April 7th, 1909
† January 12th, 1987

Alter, Max* January 17th, 1910
† March 15th, 2001

Altmann, Friedrich Wilhelm (Inf.Reg.438)* July 27th, 1897
† August 27th, 1943
Plot: 1 Row: 26 Grave: 1514

Altmann, Karl (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 160)* November 1st, 1912
† September 20th, 1942

Altmann, Klaus (Kampfgeschwader 100 'Wiking')* July 15th, 1918
† October 12th, 1942

Altrichter, Friedrich* September 3rd, 1890
† April 14th, 1949

Altstötter, Josef* January 4th, 1892
† November 13th, 1979

Amann, Thomas (Pionier-Bataillon 157)* August 31st, 1901
† February 2nd, 1944

Ambos, Helmuth* July 25th, 1912

Ambos, Johann "Hans"* December 5th, 1920

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Ambrosius, Dr., Lothar* May 11th, 1903
† January 9th, 1971

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Ambrosius, Wilhelm* June 14th, 1903
† September 19th, 1955

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Amelung, Heinz-Günther* April 9th, 1917
† December 26th, 1964

Amlacher, Kurt* May 1st, 1921
† May 2nd, 1945

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Ammann, Lothar Harry Arthur (Pz-Gren.Reg.101)* August 12th, 1902
† February 5th, 1943

Ammann, Paul (KG 4 "General Wever")* August 5th, 1920
† August 9th, 1991

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Ammeling, Bernhard* January 22nd, 1917
† July 8th, 1943

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Ammer, Hermann (Grenadier-Regiment 62)* March 8th, 1914
† December 9th, 2000

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Ammermann, Rolf (Kriegsmarine)* July 13th, 1909
† March 23rd, 1945

Amtmann, Baptist (Kampfgeschwader 54 'Totenkopf ')* February 22nd, 1920
† January 1st, 1945
Row: 1 Grave: 10

Anders, Carl Ulrich Ernst Paul* August 31st, 1893
† January 28th, 1972

Anders, Richard* January 3rd, 1915
† September 9th, 1993

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Andorfer, Anton* December 23rd, 1919
† April 11th, 1945

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André, Harro* June 19th, 1917
† March 2nd, 1943

André, Karl* May 24th, 1894
† January 22nd, 1985

Andreae, Wolf* July 13th, 1898
† December 18th, 1991

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Andres, Erich* August 31st, 1919

Andres, Ernst* September 19th, 1921
† February 11th, 1945
Row: 2re Grave: 17

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Andres, Josef† January 31st, 1945

Andrä, Heinrich* July 8th, 1915

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Andrä, Heinz* September 3rd, 1921

Angelmaier, Heinz (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 279)* July 22nd, 1918
† January 12th, 2014

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Angerer, Hermann Ignaz (Artillerie-Regiment 96)* December 2nd, 1893
† February 12th, 1942
Plot: 5 Row: 2 Grave: 140

Angern, Günther* March 5th, 1893
† February 2nd, 1943

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Angerstein, Karl* December 4th, 1890
† September 20th, 1985

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Anhalt, Günther (SS-Polizei-Rgt. 2)* January 23rd, 1906
† April 27th, 1945

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Anhalt, Wilhelm* March 28th, 1917
† June 13th, 1979

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Aniszewski, Bruno* March 26th, 1919

Anlauft, Karl-Heinz* May 15th, 1916
† 1977

Annuss, Gottfried Julius Karl* March 9th, 1912
† October 27th, 1985

Ansat, John* February 23rd, 1890
† August 28th, 1970

Anton, Werner-Rudolf* April 3rd, 1895
† September 12th, 1948

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Antrup, Wilhelm "Willy"* February 1st, 1910
† November 14th, 1984

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Anzenhofer, Hermann (Pz-Aufklär.-Abt.17)* June 5th, 1924
† April 25th, 1945
Plot: 2 Row: 3 Grave: 86

Anzinger, Max* September 2nd, 1920
† January 12th, 1944
Plot: 3 

Apel, Heinrich* June 12th, 1913

Apelt, Fedor* October 14th, 1904
† April 15th, 1988

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Apitzsch, Karl-Arthur* October 25th, 1920
† January 1st, 1943

Appelmann, Friedrich (Aufklärungsgruppe 32)* November 12th, 1915
Plot: 17 Row: 18 Grave: 319

Appelt, Horst* December 19th, 1915

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Arendt, Velten-Reinhardt* March 28th, 1919
† March 23rd, 1945
Plot: R Row: 13 Grave: 561

Arenstorff, von, Hans-Adolf* October 18th, 1895
† May 5th, 1952

Arndt, Johannes* October 7th, 1906
† July 6th, 1944

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Arndt, Karl Hermann (359. Infanterie-Division)* March 10th, 1892
† December 30th, 1981

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Arning, Karl Eduard Friedrich* February 10th, 1892
† November 17th, 1964

Arnold, Alfred (SS Sturmbannführer)* January 2nd, 1915
† October 10th, 1944
Plot: 4 Row: 16 Grave: 1150

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Arnold, Friedrich (WH-Sturmgeschütz)* May 10th, 1919
† September 1st, 2006

Arnold, Heinz* February 12th, 1919

Arnold, Herbert Friedrich (Panzer-Regiment 3)* January 1st, 1914
† January 3rd, 1945
Grave: 1100

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Arnold, Karl-Horst* March 10th, 1918

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Asbahr, Erhardt* March 14th, 1914
† July 17th, 1943

Aschermann, Hartmut (Panzer-Regiment 6)* November 12th, 1921
† May 13th, 2009

Aschmann, Frank (Kriegsmarine)* November 28th, 1891
† 1968

Aschoff, Dr., Albrecht* April 11th, 1899
† August 11th, 1972

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Asendorf, Wilhelm* November 27th, 1920

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Asshoff, Bruno* February 15th, 1914

Astegher, Hans* July 15th, 1916

Aster, Hans-Heinrich* October 28th, 1921

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Auberger, Josef (Infanterie-Regiment 61)* March 19th, 1919
† April 8th, 2010

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Audörsch, Oskar* February 27th, 1898
† June 5th, 1991

Auert, Heinz* June 11th, 1921
† February 18th, 2002

Auffermann, Albrecht (Pionier-Bataillon 101)* August 5th, 1918
† March 25th, 1966

Auffermann, Hans Jürgen ('U-514')* October 1st, 1914
† July 8th, 1943

Auffhammer, Fritz* November 28th, 1914
† June 14th, 2002

Augenstein, Hans-Heinz* July 11th, 1921
† December 6th, 1944

Augsberger, Franz Xaver Josef Maria "Franz"* October 10th, 1905
† March 19th, 1945

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Augustin, Hans* August 5th, 1905

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Auleb, Helge* March 1st, 1887
† April 14th, 1964

Aulepp, Hermann (Flak-Regiment 411)* August 17th, 1903
† May 1945

Aulerich, Werner* January 14th, 1916
† April 9th, 1945

Aulhorn, Herbert* October 2nd, 1914
† December 7th, 1988

Aulock, von, Andreas Maria Karl* March 23rd, 1893
† June 23rd, 1968

Austen, Hans* July 27th, 1918
† January 24th, 1994

Autenrieth, Hans† June 8th, 1996

Avramescu, Gheorghe* January 26th, 1886
† March 3rd, 1945

Axthammer, Erich Michael* December 3rd, 1920
† December 21st, 2015

Ayrer, Lothar* November 4th, 1889
† December 12th, 1944

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