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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Meinecke, Heinrich* December 9th, 1915

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Metzig, Heinz* October 13th, 1924
† 1945

Müller, Hans-Hermann* February 5th, 1921

Maluck, Gerhard* March 21st, 1914

Mertins, Friedrich† April 8th, 1945

Mößlacher, Erhard* June 16th, 1921
† February 12th, 1945
Plot: 1 

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Meyer-Arend, Robert* November 28th, 1919
† May 27th, 1944
Plot: 20 Row: 16 Grave: 437

Mahrle, Sebastian* February 24th, 1902

Meseck-Selchow, Siegfried* February 25th, 1915
† October 20th, 2009

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Moßdorf, Martin* January 10th, 1916
† January 11th, 2002

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Mociulschi, Leonard* March 27th, 1889
† April 15th, 1979

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Meyer, Werner (SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9)* September 18th, 1917
† August 17th, 1996

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Malapert, Freiherr von, Robert-Georg* August 7th, 1912
† May 21st, 1942

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Mylius, Wilhelm* February 24th, 1915
† September 10th, 1970

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Munz, Karl* April 29th, 1915

Münster, Leopold* December 13th, 1920
† May 8th, 1944

Mündlein, Ernst* December 7th, 1913
† September 11th, 1944

Müncheberg, Joachim* December 31st, 1918
† March 23rd, 1943

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Müller, Siegfried (LW-Jagdgeschwader 54)* November 10th, 1917
† February 21st, 1945

Müller, Karl (Kampfgeschwader 2)† February 8th, 1943

Müller, Günther* January 27th, 1921
† June 23rd, 1944

Müller, Friedrich-Karl "Nasen"* December 4th, 1911
† November 2nd, 1987

Müller, Friedrich-Karl "Tutti"* December 25th, 1916
† May 29th, 1944

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Müllensiefen, Peter-Eberhard* August 5th, 1912
† February 18th, 2004

Muggenthaler, Alfons* December 12th, 1911
† February 24th, 1962

Müller, Rudolf (Jagdgeschwader 5)* November 21st, 1920
† October 21st, 1943

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Mrkva, Rudolf* December 1st, 1915
† September 10th, 1979

Moßgraber, Hans-Theo* August 23rd, 1918
† November 27th, 1942

Mors, Otto-Harald* November 18th, 1910
† February 11th, 2001

Mors, August* July 20th, 1921
† August 8th, 1944
Plot: 3 Row: 9 Grave: 756

Morgenstern, Erich* January 14th, 1920
† June 29th, 2000

Modrow, Ernst-Wilhelm* May 5th, 1908
† September 10th, 1990

Mistler, Georg* January 1920
† 1971

Mißner, Helmut* May 19th, 1921
† September 12th, 1944

Mischke, Helmut* December 21st, 1914
† May 2nd, 1945

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Mischke, Gerd* March 16th, 1920
† November 5th, 1992

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Mink, Wilhelm* April 29th, 1912
† March 12th, 1945
Plot: 29 Grave: 157

Millahn, Karl-Hermann* December 9th, 1916
† October 7th, 1981

Milch, Dr. jur., Werner* November 15th, 1903
† November 17th, 1984

Miksch, Alfred* January 3rd, 1919
† December 1st, 1943
Plot: 21 Grave: 143

Migeod, Heinz-Georg* February 24th, 1918
† November 18th, 2010

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Mietusch, Klaus* August 5th, 1918
† September 17th, 1944
Plot: 112 Row: O Grave: 117

Miethig, Rudolf* October 17th, 1921
† June 10th, 1943

Middermann, Heinz-Emil* April 20th, 1914
† February 16th, 1944

Meyn, Wilhelm* June 3rd, 1923
† May 4th, 2002

Meyering, Heinrich* November 30th, 1919
† July 13th, 2003

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Meyer, Otto (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 55)* May 17th, 1914
† February 23rd, 1945
Plot: F Row: 5 Grave: 115

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Meyer, Heinz (LW-Fallschirmjäger)* April 9th, 1916
† December 22nd, 1987

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Meyer, Heinrich* January 26th, 1919
† March 15th, 2008

Meyer, Hans-Adolf (LW-Stuka)* September 19th, 1920
† July 1st, 1944

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Meyer, Friedrich- August* September 19th, 1899
† January 4th, 1971

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Meyer, August Heinrich Gerhard* March 30th, 1915
† September 26th, 1944

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Meyer zur Heyde, Hans* March 21st, 1919

Meurer, Manfred* September 8th, 1919
† January 21st, 1944

Messer, Wilhelm* April 19th, 1917
† April 5th, 2008

Mertins, Gerhard* December 30th, 1919
† March 19th, 1993

Mertens, Helmut* November 11th, 1917
† January 17th, 1984

Mersmann, Ernst-Hermann* June 21st, 1915
† March 17th, 2002

Merker, Hans-Hermann* November 23rd, 1921
† January 23rd, 1988

Menzel, Robert† September 25th, 1944

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Menges, Otto* May 9th, 1917
† May 24th, 1944

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Menapace, Josef* July 31st, 1920
† October 6th, 1943

Meltzer, Karlheinz* February 23rd, 1922
† August 14th, 1943

Meister, Rudolf* August 1st, 1897
† September 11th, 1958

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Meister, Ludwig* December 14th, 1919
† November 26th, 2011

Meinicke, Johannes* June 24th, 1919
† September 4th, 1943

Meindl, Eugen Albert Max* July 16th, 1892
† January 24th, 1951

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Meimberg, Julius* January 11th, 1917
† January 17th, 2012

Meier, Walter* October 19th, 1917
† July 27th, 1944

Meier, Johann-Hermann* June 10th, 1921
† March 15th, 1944
Plot: 5 Grave: 427

Meier, Hans-Otto (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)* March 29th, 1915
† May 2nd, 1944

Mayer, Wilhelm* December 5th, 1917
† January 4th, 1945

Mayr, Rudolf* May 1st, 1910
† August 4th, 1991

Mayer, Leonhard* 1920
† October 21st, 1944

Mayer, Egon* August 19th, 1917
† March 2nd, 1944

Maximowitz, Willi* January 29th, 1920
† April 20th, 1945

Maurer, Karl* January 1st, 1915

Matuschka, Graf von, Siegfried* June 28th, 1917
† April 16th, 1943

Matoni, Walter* June 27th, 1917
† June 26th, 1988

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Märtl, Hans* December 26th, 1919
† 2007

Martin, Wolfgang* September 11th, 1916
† May 13th, 1944

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Marquardt, Heinz* December 29th, 1922
† December 19th, 2003

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Marienfeld, Werner (Walter?)* August 10th, 1904
† October 23rd, 1944

Mänhardt, Manfred* November 25th, 1909
† September 27th, 1950

Maltzahn, Freiherr von, Günther* October 20th, 1910
† June 24th, 1953

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Maltrovsky, Martin* March 8th, 1920

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Mallison, Dr., Robert* May 24th, 1913

Maldinger, Heinz* June 21st, 1921
† 2005

Maier, Kurt* January 21st, 1911
† February 11th, 1952

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Mahnke, Willi* October 19th, 1919

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Mahncke, Alfred* March 18th, 1888
† January 12th, 1979

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Mahn, Friedrich-Karl* November 21st, 1915
† May 17th, 1981

Mahlke, Helmut* August 27th, 1913
† December 26th, 1998

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Magg, Alois* December 24th, 1914
† October 22nd, 2001

Maetzel, Heinz* July 2nd, 1915
† January 8th, 1977

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