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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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
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Klußmann, Hans-Jürgen11-04-192325-08-2009 
Klüser, Ewald06-05-190709-11-2000 
Köhnke, Otto18-02-191213-09-1998 
Kociok, Josef26-04-191826-09-1943 
Koj, Ewald20-01-192111-03-1945 
Koller, Karl (LW-Generalstab)22-02-189822-12-1951 
Koller, Albert18-06-191703-08-2004 
Kollak, Reinhard28-03-191506-02-1980 
König, Viktor28-06-192029-08-1944 
Kornblum, Dietrich06-03-192227-11-1944 
Körner, Martin15-03-191311-06-1993 
Korol, Anton08-10-191621-12-1981 
Kreitmair, Rudolf03-05-191428-09-1943more 
Kramer, Rudolf04-05-191612-02-1999 
Kralemann, Friedrich25-12-191410-12-1943 
Kraft, Karl07-01-189728-01-1942 
Krafft, Heinrich "Heinz"13-08-191414-12-1942 
Kowalewski, Robert15-03-191405-07-1996 
Köster, Helmut06-10-192108-08-1944 
Köster, Alfons06-02-191906-01-1945 
Kräussel, Oskar18-06-191306-03-1943 
Kraus, Adolf26-12-191630-09-1942 
Kratzert, Rudolf25-04-189816-01-1996 
Krieg, Gerhard24-07-191503-07-2006 
Krink, Heinz25-03-191928-06-1975 
Kroschinski, Hans-Joachim11-05-192007-01-1995 
Krützmann, Friedrich-Karl19-05-191716-05-2004more 
Kuhlmey, Kurt19-11-191330-04-1993 
Kuffner, Andreas30-05-191830-04-1945more 
Krumminga, Hans06-05-192028-11-1943 
Kühne, Martin01-11-191825-03-2003more 
Kummer, Alfred08-03-191406-04-1945 
Künkel, Christian14-11-192127-01-1944 
Kuntz, Herbert15-02-191526-08-1998 
Kunze, Herbert17-02-191600-00-1945 
Kutscha, Herbert24-04-191719-09-2003 
Koopmann, Erwin01-01-190010-11-1943more 
Kupka, Georg   
Künsberg-Weidenberg, Freiherr von, Heino 29-01-1984more 
Krebs, Friedrich 00-00-1943 
Kühlwein, Friedrich29-11-189225-09-1972more 
Kornprobst, Franz08-10-189231-05-1979more 
Kolczyk, Heinz20-11-191210-11-2008more 
Köhler, Rudolf (WH-Schtz.Rgt. 73)09-07-189907-07-1943 
Köhler, Hans-Joachim01-10-191701-10-1997 
Knapp, Franz02-04-191513-05-1945 
Klose, Erwin28-04-191422-06-2003more 
Krumtünger, Franz   
Karcher, Karl-Ehrhart03-01-191812-03-1973more 
Knüppel, Wilhelm12-11-190226-09-1968 
Kutsch, Walter13-09-1917 more 
Keller, Willi  more 
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Kaiser, August   
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Kieseritzky, Gustav22-09-189319-11-1943more 
Klingenschmid, Lambert  more 
Klünder, Erich25-11-190929-11-1992more 
Knöchlein, Fritz17-05-191128-01-1949more 
Krummenöhl, Walter  more 
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Kroeg, Helmut28-01-191422-04-1990more 
Knebel-Doeberitz, von, Rudolf19-12-191305-07-1994 
Klotz, Hermann18-08-1917 more 
Kelch, Franz01-11-1915  
Kaempfe, Dieter30-07-1913  
Klein, Martin (Kampfgeschwader 4)12-01-1922 more 
Kristensen, Karl16-03-1919  
Künzel, Erich11-10-1919 more 
Kranz, Bernhard26-12-191326-02-2005more 
Kleinhenz, German20-08-189616-10-1969more 
Kayser, Friedrich, Kasimir07-10-192029-09-1943 
Kayser, Walter08-01-191809-01-2002 
Kayser, Otto   
Kayser, Josef   
Kräutler, Matthias Ferdinand02-05-189508-09-1968 
Kleffel, Philipp09-12-188710-10-1964more 
Kloth, Gustav02-07-191626-07-1972more 
Kranz, Rudolf27-12-191122-10-1979 
Köhler, Siegfried   
Kepplinger, Ludwig31-12-191107-08-1944more 
Knesebeck, von dem, Klaus24-12-1908  
Kunkel, Rolf28-09-191929-11-1944 
Kündiger, Herbert03-08-191000-02-1945more 
Kruse, Gerhard01-12-191811-04-1945more 
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Krupinski, Walter11-11-192007-10-2000 
Kmitta, Lothar19-01-192113-05-2009more 
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Kleinkorres, Hans15-08-1912  
Kapischke, Gerhard20-05-1919 more 
Kreitmeyer, Reinhold   
Krätschmer, Ernst Günther00-00-192026-05-1984 
Kühne, Kurt (Fallschirm-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 1)   
Kühne, Erich (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 253)28-02-1918  
Kudla, Karl Josef01-01-191424-10-1945 
Kohmann, Hanns02-11-190921-04-1945 
Kleinenbrands, Fritz   
Kirchner, Horst   
Kintrup, Alfons   
Kossmann, Karl-Richard28-03-189910-06-1969more 
Koch, Dietrich17-10-192029-09-1943 
Kleinschmit, August Hermann Albrecht21-07-1904  
Kahlden, von, Wolf02-09-190127-10-1979more 
Kormaier, Rudolf04-06-1916  
Krause, Heinz (WH-Jg.Rgt. 42 (L))   
Knetsch, Wilhelm26-02-190627-03-1982 
Köhler, Walter (WH-Pz.Jg.Abt. 525)18-12-191203-11-1984more 
Kischke, Willi Ewald Kurt27-09-191905-08-1987 
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Kothe, Walter01-04-1920  
Koch, Hans-Dieter21-12-1921  
Klos, Fritz22-10-1914  
Knittel, Gustav27-11-191430-06-1976more 
Koeppe, Erich   
Knacke, Reinhold01-01-191903-02-1943more 
Klemz, Karl-Günther30-09-1919  
Kaiser, Hermann03-10-1914  
Kaiser, Wilhelm (LW-Stuka)30-11-191424-09-1993more 
Kaiser, Richard   
Kaiser, Otto19-09-1915  
Kaiser, Oskar   
Kaiser, Gerhard15-05-1914  
Kaiser, Georg16-10-191105-12-1944 
Kaiser, Franz11-11-1912  
Kaiser, Ernst11-05-191702-11-1943more 
Kaiser, Erich03-03-191403-01-1945 
Kaiser, Adolf (Nachtjagdgeschwader 2)18-07-1921  
Küsel, Alfred25-08-1912  
Kuhnert, Alfred19-03-189828-11-1977more 
Kaarow, Heinz   
Kabert, Leopold   
Kabinger, Walter   
Kachel, Georg18-12-191218-10-1944 
Kaczirek, Paul   
Kad, Erich   
Kaddatz, Günther   
Kaddatz, Walter   
Kadelbach, Dr., Hans   
Kaden, Gerhard   
Kaden, Johannes   
Kadgien, Horst   
Kadler, Helmut   
Kadner, Kurt   
Kaduk, Richard   
Kaeber, Hellmut18-01-192016-02-1991 
Kaegler, Walther   
Kaempfe, Rudolf   
Kaestner, Hans   
Kaestner, Paul   
Kaether, Erich   
Kaetow, Ludwig   
Kaffenberger, Heinrich   
Kaffka, Max   
Kaftan, Walter   
Kafurke, Alfons   
Kageneck, Graf von, Clemens-Heinrich17-10-191318-03-2005 
Kageneck, Graf von, Franz Joseph   
Kagerer, Norbert   
Kagrath, Karl   
Kahl, Bruno23-11-191427-02-1999more 
Kahl, Konrad13-03-191231-07-1968 
Kahl, Wilhelm   
Kahl, Wilhelm   
Kahlden, von, Henning   
Kahle, Albrecht   
Kahle, Franz   
Kahle, Friedrich   
Kahle, Hellmut31-10-191524-11-1978 
Kahle, Klaus   
Kahle, Rolf   
Kahle, Rudolf27-02-191413-03-1969 
Kahle, Werner   
Kahle, Wilhelm   
Kahler, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Kahlert, Ernst   
Kahlfeld, Heinz   
Kahlhammer, Ludwig   
Kahlich, Rudolf   
Kahlmann, Erich   
Kahnert, Karl   
Kahnt, Manfred   
Kahnt, Werner   
Kahsnitz, Erich17-02-189829-07-1943more 
Kail, Karl   
Kailuhn, Hellmut   
Kain, Gerhard   
Kainer, Raimund   
Kainrath, Max   
Kainz, Emanuel   
Kainz, Hans   
Kainz, Karl27-09-191610-10-2013 
Kaiser, Adolf   
Kaiser, Adolf (LW-Fallschirmjäger)   
Kaiser, Anton   
Kaiser, Erich (WH-Panzer)10-07-191026-08-1942 
Kaiser, Erwin19-09-1896 more 
Kaiser, Herbert16-03-191605-12-2003more 
Kaiser, Karl15-09-1919  
Kaiser, Kurt   
Kaiser, Rudolf   
Kaiser, Theodor15-06-1918  
Kaiser, Vinzenz28-02-190420-04-1945more 
Kaiser, Walter   
Kakl, Robert   
Kalamorz, Ernst   
Kalauch, Christian   
Kalb, Christian   
Kalb, Hans   
Kalb, Max   
Kalben, von, Heinrich-Detloff 18-12-1966 
Kalberlah, Ludwig   
Kalbfuß, Fritz-Arno   
Kalbhenn, Heinrich03-02-1915 more 
Kalcher, Johannes   
Kalckreuth, Graf, Joachim   
Kalckreuth, von, Hans-Gotthelf   
Kalden, Peter17-08-192311-06-1996 
Kaldrack, Günter Otto Hans23-09-1911  
Kaldrack, Rolf Otto Detlev25-06-191303-02-1942 
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Kaletta, Paul   
Kalina, Willi   
Kalinka, Fritz   
Kalinowski, Josef   
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Kalkbrenner, Gottfried   
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Kallenbach, Adolf   
Kallenberg, Wilhelm   
Kallfelz, Karl-Heinz   
Kallien, Hans-Albert   
Kallies, Siegfried16-02-191506-02-1945 
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Kaltenbrunner, Adolf   
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Kamischke, Werner   
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Kammer, Kurt   
Kammer, von der, Arnold   
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Kammerer, Franz05-03-190327-06-1944 
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Kammerer, Karl29-01-1912  
Kammerstätter, Johannes   
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Kammler, Dr.-Ing., Hans26-08-190109-05-1945more 
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Kampf, Friedhelm06-01-1910  
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Kampfhammer, Michael   
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Kamps, Kurt   
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Kandzia, Paul   
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Kannegießer, Fritz   
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Kanngiesser, Franz   
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Kehrig, Gottfried   
Keibel, Rudolf   
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Keil, Ernst   
Keil, Georg   
Keil, Heinz   
Keil, Herbert   
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Keil, Josef "Jupp"   
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