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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Zeller, Herbert* March 2nd, 1915

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zick, Siegfried* December 25th, 1916

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

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

Zemanek, Walter* May 25th, 1918

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

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

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

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

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

Zeissler, Heinz* December 15th, 1919

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

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

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

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

Zühlke, Harry† January 1st, 1967

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

Zschimmer, Kurt* November 20th, 1920

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

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

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

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

Zollenkopf, Helmuth* May 19th, 1896

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

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Zittwitz, von, Wilhelm* August 22nd, 1917

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zieher, Erich* April 13th, 1913

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zboron, Leonhard* December 24th, 1913

Zandler, Johann* November 16th, 1921

Zander, Herbert* January 21st, 1915

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zaage, Albert* March 27th, 1900

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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