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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Abbas, Horst* September 7th, 1910

Acker, Hermann* February 12th, 1915

Adam, Hans-Hermann* August 10th, 1911

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Adolph, Günther* November 14th, 1914

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Afheldt, Werner* November 18th, 1908

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Ager, Franz* February 14th, 1915

Ahlers, Bruno* November 3rd, 1915

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Ahnert, Heinz* July 17th, 1917

Ahrens, Friedrich* May 6th, 1916

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Aigner, Hellmuth* December 18th, 1905

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Aigner, Ludwig* July 15th, 1916

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

Aldrian, Franz* September 20th, 1895

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Allexi, Josef* June 11th, 1914

Alm, Werner* May 4th, 1917

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Alten, von, Donald* March 16th, 1897

Ambos, Helmuth* July 25th, 1912

Andres, Erich* August 31st, 1919

Andrä, Heinrich* July 8th, 1915

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Andrä, Heinz* September 3rd, 1921

Aniszewski, Bruno* March 26th, 1919

Apel, Heinrich* June 12th, 1913

Appelt, Horst* December 19th, 1915

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Arnold, Heinz* February 12th, 1919

Arnold, Karl-Horst* March 10th, 1918

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Asendorf, Wilhelm* November 27th, 1920

Asshoff, Bruno* February 15th, 1914

Astegher, Hans* July 15th, 1916

Aster, Hans-Heinrich* October 28th, 1921

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Auberger, Josef* March 19th, 1919

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Augustin, Hans* August 5th, 1905

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

Adam, Helmut* October 1st, 1916
† December 1st, 1942

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ackermann, Herbert* December 29th, 1916
† August 25th, 1943

Altmann, Friedrich Wilhelm* July 27th, 1897
† August 27th, 1943

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

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

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Anzinger, Max* September 2nd, 1920
† January 12th, 1944
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Amann, Thomas* August 31st, 1901
† February 2nd, 1944

Abel, Dr., Ulrich* March 3rd, 1912
† April 23rd, 1944

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abel, Adolf Wilhelm* October 18th, 1914
† August 26th, 1944

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Alpers, Friedrich Ludwig Herbert* March 25th, 1901
† September 3rd, 1944

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

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

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

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

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

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Alsleben, Dietrich* April 6th, 1920
† February 22nd, 1945
Plot: N Row: 9 Grave: 364

Abel, Fritz-Wilhelm* November 28th, 1919
† March 2nd, 1945

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anzenhofer, Hermann* June 5th, 1924
† April 25th, 1945
Plot: 2 Row: 3 Grave: 86

Anhalt, Günther* January 23rd, 1906
† April 27th, 1945

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assmann, Walter* July 22nd, 1896
† May 1st, 1964

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arndt, Karl Hermann* March 10th, 1892
† December 30th, 1981

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ammann, Paul* August 5th, 1920
† August 9th, 1991

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

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Albat, Ernst* May 18th, 1917
† 1992

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

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Aldinger, Hermann* July 22nd, 1907
† November 1st, 1993

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

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

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

Autenrieth, Hans† June 8th, 1996

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

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

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

Ammer, Hermann* March 8th, 1914
† December 9th, 2000

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

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

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

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

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

Albert, Wilhelm* April 24th, 1917
† December 15th, 2004

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

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

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

Ackermann, Georg* March 2nd, 1918
† December 16th, 2007

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

Altenburger, Günther* September 19th, 1914
† March 23rd, 2009

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

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

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Adamowitsch, Felix* November 20th, 1919
† February 10th, 2013

Angelmaier, Heinz* July 22nd, 1918
† January 12th, 2014

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

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