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
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Ungemach, Wilhelm   
Umland, Günter   
Ulziffer, Hans24-11-191312-10-1944 
Ulrich, Horst   
Ullrich, Werner (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Ullrich, Paul   
Ullrich, Ernst   
Unger, Willi27-03-192023-06-2005 
Üxküll, Graf von, Eduard   
Utzschneider, Johann   
Utter, Werner14-02-192129-11-2006 
Uteseny, Franz   
Urner, Hans-Joachim   
Urich, Ernst   
Urban, Walter   
Urban, Karl   
Urban, Herbert   
Urban, Erich   
Unterstein, Hans   
Unruh, Kurt28-07-192011-03-1989 
Unruh, Gustav   
Unrau, Heinz25-02-191621-01-2004 
Unger, Wolf   
Ullmer, Ludwig   
Ulbricht, Wolfgang   
Ulbricht, Kurt Martin04-02-191600-02-1988more 
Ulbricht, Gerhard   
Ulbrich, Walter   
Uhlmann, Herbert   
Uhlig, Lothar   
Uhlemann, Werner   
Uhl, Hermann16-08-1911 more 
Uhl, Fritz   
Uetzmann, Fritz   
Uecker, Otto   
Uebele, Friedrich   
Uebel, Harry   
Uebe, Klaus15-01-190903-02-1968 
Uebe, Joachim   
Ubländer, Peter   
Ubben, Kurt18-11-191127-04-1944 
Utz, Willibald "Willi"20-01-189320-04-1954more 
Utracik, Werner   
Uthe, Kurt   
Utermann, Dr., Julius   
Utecht, Joachim   
Usinger, Christian21-08-189402-04-1949 
Usedom, von, Horst09-03-190614-10-1970more 
Usdrowski, Franz   
Uschner, Ernst   
Uschmann, Georg   
Urmoneit, Fritz   
Urbanczyk, Rudolf Max03-03-191525-10-1944 
Urban, Wilhelm   
Urban, Vinzens   
Urban, Rupert   
Urban, Günther   
Urban, Ernst   
Urban, August   
Unruhe, Johannes20-10-191611-03-2004more 
Unrein, Martin Friedrich Karl01-01-190122-01-1972more 
Unrasch, Roland   
Unold, von, Georg   
Unger, Werner   
Unger, von, Werner   
Unger, Karl   
Unger, Hermann   
Ummenhofer, Karl   
Ulrich, Fritz   
Ulrich, Friedrich   
Ulrich, Bernhard   
Ulms, Ulrich22-08-190823-02-2000 
Ulmer, Wilhelm   
Ulmer, Gustav   
Ulmenstein, Freiherr von, Günter Julius Lukas26-11-191523-04-2013 
Ullrich, Werner   
Ullrich, Robert   
Ullrich, Martin   
Ullrich, Lorenz   
Ullrich, Johannes   
Ullrich, Helmut   
Ullmer, Karl01-03-1896  
Ullmann, Erwin   
Ullersperger, Wilhelm06-08-189416-05-1978more 
Ulich, Max25-03-189627-05-1964more 
Ulbricht, Hellmut   
Ulbricht, Gottfried   
Ulbrich, Hermann21-12-189407-06-1944 
Ulbrich, Heinrich   
Uhr, Johannes   
Uhlig, Heinz   
Uhlig, Gottfried30-09-191521-12-2002 
Uhlemann, Werner   
Uhlemann, Heinz   
Uhl, Rudolf02-04-191627-03-1965 
Uhl, Heinrich-Wilhelm   
Uhde, Heinz   
Ufer, Rudolf   
Uetz, Karl   
Ueberschär, Bernhard10-05-189814-02-1974more 
Uebele, Hermann   
Uebel, Bruno   
Uebel, Albert   
Uckrow, Wilhelm   
Uckermann, Hermann   
Uckermann, Freiherr von, Walther03-03-190422-04-1945 
Ücker, Paul   
Ubrich, Alfred   
Uberig, Eugen   
Überheide, Heinz   
Übelhack, Friedrich06-10-190702-11-1979 
Utecht, Günter   
Uphoff, Horst03-10-191624-08-1943 
Unger, Otto   
Ulrich, Otto   
Ulmer, Alfred04-12-191423-08-2005 
Ullrich, Erich13-11-1916  
Ufermann, Fritz06-10-191226-11-1996 
Uebe, Friedrich   
Überschär, Günter   
Utgenannt, Richard15-02-191514-02-1968 
Urbani, Georg   
Urban, Ewald   
Urabl, Georg   
Ulrich, Fritz   
Ullmann, Rudolf   
Ustarbowski, Theodor03-01-1920  
Uslar-Gleichen, Freiherr von, Harald