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

Grid List
Clausen, Ernst Nicolai* February 9th, 1883
† August 14th, 1948

Carls, Rolf* May 29th, 1885
† April 15th, 1945

Conradi, Siegfried* January 26th, 1887
† April 15th, 1974

Crasemann, Eduard* March 5th, 1891
† April 29th, 1950

Ciliax, Otto* October 30th, 1891
† December 12th, 1964

Coretti, Julius* February 11th, 1892
† August 8th, 1970

Carloni, Mario* 1894
† 1962

Contag, Alfred* January 27th, 1894
† January 26th, 1942

Clauß, Robert* September 12th, 1894

Choltitz, von, Dietrich* November 9th, 1894
† November 5th, 1966

Chill, Kurt* May 1st, 1895
† July 5th, 1976

Cetto, Walther* May 14th, 1895
† 1988

Chrobek, Bruno* October 9th, 1895
† December 10th, 1942

Cramer, Hans* July 13th, 1896
† October 28th, 1968

Clausen, Hermann* July 25th, 1896

Cuno, Kurt* August 27th, 1896
† July 14th, 1961

Chevallerie, von der, Hellmut* November 9th, 1896
† June 1st, 1965

Conrath, Paul* November 21st, 1896
† January 15th, 1979

Colli, Robert* June 27th, 1898
† July 22nd, 1980

Clausius, Hans* May 6th, 1899
† January 23rd, 1943

Claasen, Karl* July 2nd, 1903

Conrady, Alexander* July 16th, 1903
† December 21st, 1983

Creuznacher, Kurt* March 28th, 1905
† October 26th, 1942

Christ, Torsten* February 3rd, 1906
† April 13th, 1967

Consbruch, von, Hans-Georg* April 4th, 1906
† March 6th, 1944
Plot: 5 Row: 1 Grave: 18

Cordes, Walter* June 23rd, 1906

Crantz, Friedrich* July 31st, 1906
† August 22nd, 1944

Cappel, Wilhelm* October 8th, 1906
† July 19th, 1944

Clüver, Hans* April 14th, 1907
† September 17th, 1979

Criegern, von, Friedrich Bruno Walther "Walther"* June 7th, 1907
† January 23rd, 1945

Claas, Paul* December 12th, 1908
† June 20th, 1943

Collani, Hans* December 13th, 1908
† July 29th, 1944

Coracino, Klaus* March 8th, 1910
† July 12th, 1994

Christofzik, Kurt* March 17th, 1910
† May 4th, 1976

Christlieb, Werner* July 10th, 1910
† September 18th, 1988

Clemente, Adolf* July 13th, 1910

Cochenhausen, von, Ernst* July 18th, 1910
† May 2nd, 1957

Christoph, Robert* November 18th, 1910
† January 13th, 1945

Clausen, Erwin* August 5th, 1911
† October 4th, 1943

Christmann, Karl* June 16th, 1912
† November 5th, 1944

Corsepius, Eberhard* April 15th, 1913
† December 1st, 1941

Cordes, Ernst* June 26th, 1913
† April 7th, 1945

Campsen, Jürgen* August 3rd, 1913
† February 24th, 1945

Christl, Georg* October 3rd, 1913
† March 31st, 1991

Conen, Karl* October 26th, 1913

Capito, Albert* March 8th, 1914
† April 22nd, 1945

Causemann, Albert* March 18th, 1914

Canders, Werner* March 25th, 1914
† April 23rd, 1993

Clare, Helmut* May 16th, 1914

Colsmann, Walter* September 1st, 1915

Clemm von Hohenberg, Dieter-Hans* September 27th, 1915
† June 30th, 1944

Corßen, Günter* February 6th, 1916
† August 16th, 1990

Cohrs, Erwin* February 19th, 1916
† February 27th, 1994

Clade, Emil Josef* February 26th, 1916
† April 21st, 2010

Czekay, Richard* March 26th, 1916
† April 24th, 2009

Cossel, von, Johann-Dettleff (Hans-Detloff)* July 1st, 1916
† July 22nd, 1943

Cornelsen, Walter* August 21st, 1916

Clausen, Karl* October 9th, 1916

Ciupka, Stephan* December 24th, 1916
† October 31st, 1943

Cramm, Freiherr von, Wilhelm-Ernst* September 30th, 1917
† May 29th, 1996

Carganico, Horst* October 27th, 1917
† May 27th, 1944

Clemen, Martin* March 28th, 1918

Cirpka, Otto* June 3rd, 1918

Christaller, Hermann* October 25th, 1918

Cramer, Hans Harald* November 10th, 1918
† November 24th, 1944

Capesius, Kurt* February 12th, 1919
† September 22nd, 1958

Clausen, Karl-Ulrich* February 14th, 1919
† January 5th, 1945
Plot: U Row: 26 Grave: 778

Cescotti, Roderich* May 4th, 1919
† March 19th, 2015

Cremer, Bruno* June 11th, 1919
† March 16th, 1944

Clobes, Heinrich* September 19th, 1919
† November 20th, 1989

Chardon, Ferdinand* October 26th, 1919

Claas, Otto* November 16th, 1919

Cech, Franz* January 8th, 1920

Czeczatka, Erich* February 4th, 1920
† April 6th, 1944

Carl, Erich* July 18th, 1920

Cantzler, Georg* July 25th, 1920

Czublinski, Bruno* April 3rd, 1921
† April 18th, 1977

Celerin, Albert* July 15th, 1921
† December 31st, 1997

Cordes, Udo* July 22nd, 1921
† March 7th, 2007

Coutre, le, Georg* September 13th, 1921
† January 8th, 2009

Claas, Martin* September 18th, 1921

Cüsow, Horst-Werner* August 19th, 1922
† December 20th, 1943