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
Mayer, Kurt (WH-Artillerie-Regiment)   
Mayer, Leonhard00-00-192021-10-1944 
Mayer, Max   
Mayer, Nikolaus   
Mayer, Otto   
Mayer, von, Paul18-03-188719-07-1947 
Mayer, Waldemar   
Mayer, Wilhelm05-12-191704-01-1945 
Mayer, Willi   
Mayer, Xaver   
Mayerl, Maximilian28-05-191711-02-2010more 
Mayr, Hans   
Mayr, Hans   
Mayr, Heinrich22-11-192015-12-1944 
Mayr, Josef   
Mayr, Ludwig   
Mayr, Rudolf01-05-191004-08-1991 
Mayr, Wilhelm   
Mayrl, Alfred   
Mayser, Heinz   
Mazurek, Franz   
Mazurek, Marian   
Mazurek, Walter   
Mecke, Willibald   
Meckelburg, Karl-Heinz   
Mecklenburg, Max   
Meder, Albert   
Meding, von, Arnold22-05-1913  
Medla, Henry   
Meendsen-Bohlken, Wilhelm25-06-189720-08-1985more 
Meentzen, Wilhelm19-03-191508-05-2001more 
Meergans, Günther   
Mees, Karl   
Mees, Walter   
Meffert, Hans-Theodor   
Megges, Ludwig   
Mehl, Karl   
Mehl, Waldemar07-09-191429-03-1996more 
Mehle, Werner   
Mehlem, von, Erwin 13-05-1945 
Mehler, Kurt   
Mehlert, Günther   
Mehles, Günther   
Mehlhorn, Max   
Mehlig, Hermann   
Mehling, Walter   
Mehnert, Karl   
Mehrfort, Hans-Georg15-07-1920  
Meichsner, Otto   
Meier, Adolf   
Meier, Albrecht   
Meier, Eduard   
Meier, Ernst   
Meier, Franz   
Meier, Friedrich   
Meier, Friedrich28-05-1911 more 
Meier, Georg   
Meier, Georg   
Meier, Hans   
Meier, Hans-Otto (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)29-03-191502-05-1944 
Meier, Hartmut   
Meier, Heinrich   
Meier, Heinz   
Meier, Helmut   
Meier, Hermann   
Meier, Johann   
Meier, Johann   
Meier, Johann-Hermann10-06-192115-03-1944 
Meier, Josef   
Meier, Karl   
Meier, Karl   
Meier, Karl   
Meier, Peter   
Meier, Pius   
Meier, Rudolf   
Meier, Rudolf   
Meier, Walter   
Meier, Willi   
Meier, Wolfgang   
Meier-Welcker, Hans29-08-190601-01-1983 
Meiert, Bruno   
Meigen, Friedrich Wilhelm   
Meik, Franz   
Meik, Franz (Kriegsmarine)10-02-1897  
Meiler, Leo Karl   
Meilinger, Hubert   
Meimberg, Julius11-01-191717-01-2012 
Meincke, Karl   
Meincke, Willi   
Meindl, Eugen Albert Max16-07-189224-01-1951more 
Meindl, Franz   
Meindl, Friedrich   
Meindl, Georg05-09-192028-11-1944 
Meindorfner, August   
Meine, Hermann   
Meinecke, Hartmut   
Meinecke, Heinrich09-12-1915 more 
Meinecke, Hermann   
Meineke, Fritz   
Meinel, Joachim   
Meiner, Werner   
Meiners, Ernst13-06-189311-06-1959more 
Meinert, Horst   
Meinert, Karl   
Meinhardt, Wolfgang   
Meinheit, Willi   
Meinhold, Dr., Wolfgang08-10-190203-04-1945more 
Meinhold, Rudolf   
Meinicke, Johannes24-06-191904-09-1943 
Meinicke, Theodor   
Meinicke-Kleint, Heinz   
Meinigke, Alfred13-03-190728-09-1943 
Meinking, Fritz   
Meinköhn, Hans   
Meinl, Kurt   
Meinshausen, Rudolf   
Meise, Karl   
Meisel, Hans   
Meisel, Kurt   
Meisel, Martin   
Meisenholl, Gustav-Adolf   
Meisinger, Ludwig   
Meisner, Werner   
Meiss, John   
Meissner, Arthur   
Meissner, Georg01-03-1910  
Meissner, Hans   
Meissner, Siegfried   
Meissner, Ulrich   
Meissner, Walter   
Meist, x   
Meister, Alfred   
Meister, Dieter   
Meister, Johann   
Meister, Ludwig14-12-191926-11-2011 
Meister, Rudolf01-08-189711-09-1958more 
Meister, Willi   
Meitsch, Otto   
Meitzel, Helmut24-04-192009-07-2004more 
Meixlsperger, Alois   
Meixner, Alois   
Meixner, Dr., Paul-Hermann04-06-189108-06-1950 
Meixner, Johannes27-05-191714-07-1943 
Meixner, Otto   
Meiß, Herbert   
Meißen, Emil   
Meißner, Bernhard   
Mekelburger, Helmut   
Melcher, Gerhard   
Melchert, Hans   
Melchert, Kurt   
Melchin, Fritz   
Melchin, Paul   
Melchior, Bruno   
Melle, Hermann   
Mellem, Heinrich   
Mellem, Wilhelm   
Mellenthin, von, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Mellenthin, von, Horst31-07-189808-01-1977more 
Mellentin, Albert   
Mellinghaus, Richard   
Melmer, Günther   
Meltzer, Georg   
Meltzer, Karlheinz23-02-192214-08-1943 
Meltzer, Walter   
Melzer, Albert   
Melzer, August   
Melzer, Erich   
Melzer, Ernst   
Melzer, Fritjof   
Melzer, Karl   
Melzer, Siegfried   
Melzer, Walther07-10-189423-06-1961more 
Memmert, Rudolf   
Menapace, Josef31-07-192006-10-1943 
Menard, Werner   
Menck, Hans   
Mencke, Friedrich   
Mende, Bruno   
Mende, Erich28-10-191606-05-1998more 
Mende, Fritz   
Mende, Karl-Heinz   
Mende, Siegfried   
Mendeck, Herbert   
Mendel, Lothar   
Menden, Hermann   
Mendt, x   
Menedetter, Kurt   
Meng, Erich   
Meng, Franz   
Meng, Siegfried   
Mengel, Eberhard   
Mengel, Ferdinand   
Mengel, Helmut   
Mengel, Kurt   
Mengel, Siegfried   
Mengershausen, Heinrich   
Menges, Otto09-05-191724-05-1944more 
Menges, von, Otto-Wilhelm   
Menke, Dr., Franz   
Menke, Hinrich   
Menke, Horstmar   
Menkel, Konrad   
Menn, Martin   
Menn, Willi   
Menne, Wilhelm   
Menneking, Raimund   
Mennes, Willi   
Mennicken, Karl-Wilhelm   
Menningen, Dr., Walter   
Menny, Ingo   
Mensch, Erich   
Mensing, Georg   
Mente, Werner   
Menton, Otto10-11-189818-04-1945 
Mentz, von, Franz   
Menz, Oskar15-11-1919  
Menzel, Alfred   
Menzel, Artur   
Menzel, Eberhard   
Menzel, Gerhard   
Menzel, Gerhard (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader x)   
Menzel, Gustav   
Menzel, Heinz   
Menzel, Herbert   
Menzel, Joachim11-10-191403-01-2005more 
Menzel, Otto   
Menzel, Robert 25-09-1944more 
Menzel, Walter   
Menzel, Werner20-02-1904 more 
Menzl, Josef   
Menzler, Heinrich-Karl27-05-1914 more 
Menzner, Josef   
Merbeler, Norbert   
Merckens, Herbert   
Merge, Gerhard   
Mergen, Hans   
Mergen, Heinrich   
Mergenthaler, Otto   
Mergner, Eberhard  more 
Merian, Matthieu   
Merk, Ernst07-03-190312-06-1976more 
Merk, Otto   
Merkel, Dieter   
Merkel, Hermann   
Merkel, Otto   
Merkel, Reinhard   
Merkel, Willi   
Merker, Georg   
Merker, Hans-Hermann23-11-192123-01-1988 
Merker, Ludwig01-09-189414-03-1964 
Merkl, Fritz   
Merkle, Anton   
Merkle, Erich   
Merkle, Franz   
Merkle, Hansjörg   
Merkle, Julius   
Merkordt, Fritz   
Merks, Hans-Joachim02-02-191721-02-1961more 
Merly, Rolf   
Merrem, Hans   
Mersmann, Ernst-Hermann21-06-191517-03-2002 
Mertel, Josef15-10-1922  
Mertel, Wilhelm   
Merten, Adolf   
Merten, Josef02-06-1911  
Merten, Peter23-06-191619-06-2006 
Mertens, Ernst04-05-190710-01-1944 
Mertens, Ewald14-08-191410-06-2017 
Mertens, Georg   
Mertens, Hans   
Mertens, Helmut11-11-191717-01-1984 
Mertens, Kurt   
Mertens, Otto15-10-191620-05-1982 
Mertens, von, Herrmann   
Mertens, von, Max   
Mertes, Alfons   
Mertes, Nikolaus   
Mertin, Fritz03-10-1893  
Mertineit, Horst   
Mertins, Friedrich 08-04-1945 
Mertins, Gerhard30-12-191919-03-1993 
Mertins, Kurt   
Mertsch, Gustav17-01-190107-02-1986more 
Mertz von Quirnheim, Ritter, Albrecht25-03-190520-07-1944 
Mertz, Joachim   
Merxmüller, Alois27-03-191905-12-2008 
Merz, Eduard   
Merz, Günter   
Merz, Hans   
Merz, Hermann   
Merz, Karl August   
Meschkat, Rudi   
Meschut, Heinz   
Meseck-Selchow, Fritz   
Meske, Heinz   
Messerer, Fritz17-05-1918  
Messerer, Robert14-04-191417-09-1968 
Messerle, Friedrich   
Messerschmidt, Hans00-00-191500-00-1979 
Messerschmidt, Hugo   
Messinger, Hans   
Messingschlager, Anton   
Messmacher, Hans   
Messmann, Rudolf   
Messmann, Walter   
Messner, Wilhelm   
Metelmann, Ernst   
Metger, Enno   
Metger, Wilhelm12-09-189012-02-1954 
Methner, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Methner, Heinz   
Methner, Walter   
Metkemeier, Josef   
Metnitz, von, Gustav   
Metsch, Alfons   
Metth, Helmuth   
Metz, Erich   
Metz, Ernst   
Metz, Ewald   
Metz, Hans   
Metz, Hans   
Metz, Heinrich   
Metz, Herrmann   
Metz, Werner04-10-192028-03-1984more 
Metzener, Helmut   
Metzger, Adolf   
Metzger, Friedrich   
Metzger, Hans   
Metzger, Karl   
Metzger, Karl   
Metzger, Richard06-02-191208-12-1982more 
Metzger, Rolf   
Metzig, Heinz13-10-192400-00-1945 
Metzig, Rudolf   
Metzke, Bernhard   
Metzke, Georg   
Metzler, Pius   
Metzmacher, Bernhard   
Metzner, Hans   
Metzner, Herbert   
Metzner, Kurt   
Metzner, Rolf   
Meurer, Fritz08-07-1915  
Meurer, Hans   
Meurer, Manfred08-09-191921-01-1944 
Meusel, Curt   
Meusel, Heinz   
Meuser, Joachim   
Meuskens, Hans   
Mevis, Heinz   
Mevissen, Herbert   
Mevissen, Kurt   
Mewald, Rudolf   
Mewes, Friedrich   
Mews, Ernst   
Mews, Herbert   
Mexner, Georg   
Mey, Ortwin   
Meyer zur Heyde, Hans21-03-1919  
Meyer, Adolf   
Meyer, Albrecht   
Meyer, Alfred   
Meyer, Andreas   
Meyer, August   
Meyer, August   
Meyer, August Heinrich Gerhard30-03-191526-09-1944more 
Meyer, Berthold   
Meyer, Claus-Dietrich   
Meyer, Dr., Georg   
Meyer, Eberhard   
Meyer, Ernst   
Meyer, Ernst (WH-Infanterie-Regiment)   
Meyer, Friedrich   
Meyer, Friedrich   
Meyer, Friedrich- August19-09-189904-01-1971more 
Meyer, Fritz   
Meyer, Georg   
Meyer, Georg   
Meyer, Georg   
Meyer, Georg   
Meyer, Gerd   
Meyer, Gerhard   
Meyer, Gerhard15-04-191512-04-1945 
Meyer, Gert   
Meyer, Gottfried   
Meyer, Gustav   
Meyer, Günther   
Meyer, Hans   
Meyer, Hans   
Meyer, Hans   
Meyer, Hans   
Meyer, Hans   
Meyer, Hans-Adolf   
Meyer, Hans-Adolf (LW-Stuka)19-09-192001-07-1944more 
Meyer, Hans-Jürgen   
Meyer, Hans-Werner   
Meyer, Heinrich26-01-191915-03-2008 
Meyer, Heinrich Ernst   
Meyer, Heinz   
Meyer, Heinz (LW-Fallschirmjäger)09-04-191622-12-1987more 
Meyer, Heinz (LW-Schlagtgeschwader)21-05-1921  
Meyer, Helmut   
Meyer, Helmut   
Meyer, Herbert  more 
Meyer, Herbert (WH-s.Pz.Abt. 502)   
Meyer, Hermann   
Meyer, Hermann   
Meyer, Hermann   
Meyer, Hermann (Grenadier-Regiment 431)   
Meyer, Hubert 06-11-2012 
Meyer, Jakob   
Meyer, Jochem   
Meyer, Johannes   
Meyer, Josef (WH-Grenadier-Regiment 578)   
Meyer, Karl (Aufklärungsgruppe 12)   
Meyer, Karl Heinz   
Meyer, Karl-Ernst   
Meyer, Karl-Ernst   
Meyer, Konrad   
Meyer, Kurt   
Meyer, Kurt   
Meyer, Kurt (Waffen-SS)23-12-191023-12-1961more 
Meyer, Leonid   
Meyer, Nikolaus   
Meyer, Otto   
Meyer, Otto   
Meyer, Otto   
Meyer, Otto   
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Meyer, Otto (SS-Panzer-Regiment 9)23-12-191229-08-1944 
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Meyer, Peter   
Meyer, Rene   
Meyer, Robert08-07-1918  
Meyer, Rudi   
Meyer, Rudolf01-02-192030-04-1945 
Meyer, Siegfried   
Meyer, Theo   
Meyer, Theodor   
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Meyer, Walter   
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Meyer, Werner (Lw-Aufklärungsgruppe)   
Meyer, Werner (Pionier-Bataillon)   
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Meyer, Wilhelm   
Meyer, Willi   
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Meyer-Bernhold, Karl-Ernst   
Meyer-Buerdorf, Heinrich "Heinz"13-12-188801-05-1971 
Meyer-Deepen, Johann   
Meyer-Detring, Wilhelm   
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Meyering, Heinz   
Meyeringh, Hermann   
Meyerkort, Ottmar   
Meyke, Richard   
Meyn, Erhard   
Meyn, Otto   
Meyne, Fritz   
Meyne, Willi   
Meyr, Alfons   
Meß, Fritz   
Michael, Brian   
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Michael, Paul   
Michael, Rudolf   
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Michaelis, Alfred   
Michaelis, Eberhard   
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Michaelis, Hans-Wilhelm21-05-1906  
Michaelis, Karl   
Michaelis, Klaus   
Michaelis, Rudolf   
Michaelis, Werner   
Michaelis, Wilhelm   
Michaels, Heinz   
Michal, Karl   
Michalak, Erich   
Michalak, Johann17-01-1915 more 
Michalczak, Heinrich   
Michalec, Andreas   
Michalik, Erich   
Michalke, Walter   
Michalke, Wilhelm   
Michalsky, Hans-Eckart   
Michalzik, Heinz   
Michel, Alfons   
Michel, Gerhard   
Michel, Günther