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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

Grid List
Cantzler, Georg* July 25th, 1920

Carl, Erich* July 18th, 1920

Causemann, Albert* March 18th, 1914

Cech, Franz* January 8th, 1920

Chardon, Ferdinand* October 26th, 1919

Christaller, Hermann* October 25th, 1918

Cirpka, Otto* June 3rd, 1918

Claas, Martin* September 18th, 1921

Claas, Otto* November 16th, 1919

Claasen, Karl* July 2nd, 1903

Clare, Helmut* May 16th, 1914

Clausen, Hermann* July 25th, 1896

Clausen, Karl* October 9th, 1916

Clauß, Robert* September 12th, 1894

Clemen, Martin* March 28th, 1918

Clemente, Adolf* July 13th, 1910

Colsmann, Walter* September 1st, 1915

Conen, Karl* October 26th, 1913

Cordes, Walter* June 23rd, 1906

Cornelsen, Walter* August 21st, 1916

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christophersen, Erwin* April 13th, 1915
† May 4th, 1945
Plot: G Row: 5 Grave: 49

Conrad, Günther* August 16th, 1915
† August 10th, 1947

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

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

Coeler, Joachim (Luftwaffe)* June 1st, 1891
† May 14th, 1955

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

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

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

Carloni, Mario* 1894
† 1962

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cetto, Walther* May 14th, 1895
† 1988

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Czekay, Richard (Stuka-Geschwader 2 'Immelmann')* March 26th, 1916
† April 24th, 2009

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

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