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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.

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert (Gren.Reg.437)* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Malzahn, Erich   
Malzan, Friedrich   
Malzburg, Ewald   
Mamsch, Kurt   
Mandelsloh, von, Karl-Heinz20-03-189922-09-1943 
Mandl, Dieter   
Mandl, Ernst   
Mandt, Christian   
Mang, Ernst   
Mangel, Heinrich   
Mangels, Gerd   
Mangelsdorf, Harald   
Mangold, Anton  more 
Mangold, Ernst   
Mangold, Ernst   
Mangold, Horst   
Mangold, Oskar   
Mania, Wladislaus   
Manitz, Hans-Horst12-03-190618-08-1989 
Manke, Günter   
Manke, Rolf   
Manko, Hans   
Mankowsky, Josef   
Mann, Adolf   
Mann, Dr., Alexander   
Mann, Ernst   
Mann, Friedrich   
Mann, Friedrich-Karl   
Mann, Georg   
Mann, Wilhelm   
Manndel, Gerhard   
Mannert, Otto   
Mannesmann, Gert Fritjof14-10-191008-04-1945 
Mannschatz, Diethelm   
Manseck, Helmut   
Manshausen, Wilhelm   
Mansholt, Jan   
Manske, Ernst  more 
Mansshardt, Friedrich   
Mantel, Ernst-Siegmund   
Mantell, Hermann   
Manteuffel, von, Günther   
Mantey, Willy   
Manthey, Heinz   
Mantwitz, Walter17-02-1917 more 
Mantzel, Karl-Heinz   
Manz, Heinrich   
Manz, Ludwig   
Manz, Walter   
Manz, Wilhelm   
Manzer, Hans   
Manzke, Herbert   
Manzke, Siegfried   
Manzke, Willi   
Marahrens, Johannes   
Marb, Albert   
Marbach, Paul15-12-189414-12-1987 
Marbach, Walter   
Marcard, Hans   
March, Paul   
Marci, Werner   
Marcinkowski, Bruno   
Marcks, Werner17-07-189628-07-1967more 
Marcus, Joachim   
Marek, Franz   
Marek, Karl   
Marggraf, Rudolf   
Marguth, Karl   
Marheineke, Bernhard   
Marhoun, Fritz   
Marien, Johannes   
Marienfeld, Werner (Walter?)10-08-190423-10-1944 
Marignoni, Hartmut   
Mark, Helmut   
Marke, Josef   
Markert, Anton08-04-1909  
Markert, Arthur09-09-190400-12-1993 
Markgraf, Hans   
Markhart, Anton   
Markl, Georg   
Markowsky, Achilles   
Markowsky, Joachim02-05-1913 more 
Marks, Hans   
Marks, Wilhelm   
Markstein, Heinrich   
Markwardt, Waldemar   
Markwirth, Günther   
Marl, Peter30-12-1919  
Marogna-Redwitz, Graf von, Rudolf   
Marotzke, Horst   
Marpert, Johannes   
Marquardt, Erich   
Marquardt, Ferdinand   
Marquardt, Friedrich   
Marquardt, Hugo19-04-1916  
Marquardt, Josef   
Marquardt, Karl   
Marquardt, Otto   
Marquardt, Robert   
Marquardt, Walter   
Marquart, Ernst   
Marquart, Rolf09-07-1914  
Marschall, Karl   
Marschall, Wilhelm30-09-188620-03-1976more 
Marschewski, Walter   
Marschhausen, Horst   
Marscholik, Siegfried   
Marseille, Hans-Joachim "Jochen"13-12-191930-09-1942more 
Marsiske, Heinrich   
Marstaller, Hans   
Martens, Alfred21-10-191020-08-1944 
Martens, Hans   
Martens, Konrad   
Marticke, Heinz   
Martin D'Orsola, de, Eduard   
Martin, Alfred   
Martin, Clemens   
Martin, Erich   
Martin, Ernst   
Martin, Ernst (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Martin, Franz   
Martin, Gustav   
Martin, Hans   
Martin, Heinrich   
Martin, Herbert   
Martin, Herbert   
Martin, Josef   
Martin, Jörg   
Martin, Renatus   
Martin, Richard   
Martin, Walter   
Martin, Werner   
Martinek, Erwin   
Martinovsky, Karl   
Martl, Friedrich   
Maruhn, Ernst   
Marwede, Friedrich   
Marx, Albert   
Marx, Felix   
Marx, Gottlieb   
Marx, Gustav   
Marx, Herbert   
Marx, Johann   
Marx, Josef   
Marx, Karl   
Marx, Karl-Joachim   
Marx, Konrad   
Marzischewski, Horst   
Masarié, Arzelino10-10-191209-08-1944 
Mascher, Rudolf   
Maschke, Siegfried   
Masius, Friedrich-Karl   
Maskus, Martin   
Maslow, Paul   
Maslowski, Erich   
Massalsky, Horst Rudolph Eduard29-03-192000-00-2001more 
Massar, Lothar   
Massell, Paul30-05-190902-02-1945more 
Massloch, Fritz   
Masson, Willi   
Mater, Georg   
Matern, Alfred15-12-191026-02-1946more 
Matern, Alfred (WH-Art.Rgt. 187)00-00-1912  
Matern, Gerhard   
Materna, Friedrich21-06-188511-11-1946 
Materne, Max-Theodor   
Matha, Franz   
Matheis, Günter   
Matheis, Rudolf   
Matheisen, Kornel16-07-1911  
Matheus, Horst   
Mathias, Rudolf   
Mathieu, Albert   
Mathis, Heinz   
Mathy, Otto   
Mattauch, Wilhelm   
Mattenklott, Franz19-11-188428-06-1954more 
Mattern, Ernst26-11-1892  
Mattes, Erwin   
Mattes, Kurt   
Mattey, Dr., Walter   
Matthaei, Gerhard   
Matthaei, Wolfgang   
Matthees, Ernst   
Matthen, Willi   
Matthes, Gotthard   
Matthes, Günter   
Matthes, Hans20-10-191412-03-1966more 
Matthes, Ludwig   
Matthias, Günter   
Matthias, Karl-Heinz   
Matthiash, Gerhard   
Matthies, Bernhard   
Matthies, Hans   
Matthies, Hans   
Matthies, Heinz   
Matthies, Walter  more 
Matthies, Wilhelm   
Matthis, Dr. rer. pol., Werner22-06-189912-08-1983 
Matthiä, Friedrich   
Matti, Ernst   
Mattis, Paul   
Mattiza, Max13-06-1921  
Mattschulatt, Dieter   
Matusch, Max   
Matuschka, Graf von, Hartmut29-12-191416-01-1945 
Matuschka, Graf von, Siegfried28-06-191716-04-1943 
Matussek, Josef   
Matussek, Karl   
Matussek, Paul   
Matutt, Friedrich   
Matyssek, Richard   
Matz, Helmut   
Matzat, Hermann   
Matzdorf, Günther   
Matzdorff, Werner   
Matzel, Gerhard   
Matzen, Jens-Ingwer22-10-191429-02-1980 
Matzke, Maximilian   
Matzke, Wilhelm   
Matzl, Hellmut   
Matzuleit, Kurt   
Mau, Werner   
Maubach, Franz-Josef   
Mauche, Ernst   
Mauchenheim gen. Bechtolsheim, Freiherr von, Anton   
Mauchenheim gen. Bechtolsheim, Freiherr von, Theod26-08-190220-04-1972 
Maucher, Albert   
Mauder, Wilhelm   
Maué, Alfred   
Mauel, Jakob   
Maur, von, Dr., Helmut   
Maurer, Ernst   
Maurer, Heinrich   
Maurer, Helmut   
Maurer, Hermann   
Maurer, Josef   
Maurer, Karl01-01-1915  
Maurer, Leopold   
Maurer, Ludwig   
Maurer, Otto18-12-190521-03-1982 
Maurer, Wilhelm   
Maurischat, Willi10-05-1911 more 
Mauritz, Kurt-Dietrich   
Mausberg, Heinrich   
Mauser, Alois   
Mauser, Artur   
Mausolf, Bernhard   
Mauss, Dr. med. dent., Karl17-05-189809-02-1959more 
Mautes, Peter   
Mauth, Heinz   
Mauthe, Franz   
Maximowitz, Willi29-01-192020-04-1945 
Maxrath, Josef  more 
May, Eduard   
May, Fritz   
May, Fritz   
May, Fritz   
May, Heinz   
May, Kurt   
May, Max   
May, Oswald   
May, Reinhold   
Mayer, Arthur   
Mayer, August   
Mayer, Dr., Gustav   
Mayer, Egon19-08-191702-03-1944 
Mayer, Erhard   
Mayer, Erhard (Waffen-SS)   
Mayer, Erich   
Mayer, Ferdinand   
Mayer, Franz   
Mayer, Franz   
Mayer, Friedrich   
Mayer, Friedrich   
Mayer, Friedrich   
Mayer, Friedrich   
Mayer, Hans   
Mayer, Hans20-08-1920  
Mayer, Heinrich   
Mayer, Heinz   
Mayer, Hermann   
Mayer, Herwig   
Mayer, Karl   
Mayer, Karl   
Mayer, Kurt   
Mayer, Kurt (WH-Artillerie-Regiment)   
Mayer, Leonhard00-00-192021-10-1944 
Mayer, Nikolaus   
Mayer, Otto   
Mayer, von, Paul18-03-188719-07-1947 
Mayer, Waldemar   
Mayer, Wilhelm05-12-191704-01-1945 
Mayer, Willi   
Mayer, Xaver   
Mayr, Hans   
Mayr, Hans   
Mayr, Heinrich22-11-192015-12-1944 
Mayr, Josef   
Mayr, Ludwig   
Mayr, Rudolf01-05-191004-08-1991 
Mayr, Wilhelm   
Mayrl, Alfred   
Mazurek, Franz   
Mazurek, Marian   
Mazurek, Walter   
Mecke, Willibald   
Meckelburg, Karl-Heinz   
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   
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   
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   
Meinert, Horst   
Meinert, Karl   
Meinhardt, Wolfgang   
Meinheit, Willi   
Meinhold, Rudolf   
Meinicke, Theodor   
Meinicke-Kleint, Heinz   
Meinigke, Alfred13-03-190728-09-1943 
Meinking, Fritz   
Meinköhn, Hans   
Meinl, Kurt   
Meinshausen, Rudolf   
Meise, Karl   
Meisel, Kurt   
Meisel, Martin   
Meisenholl, Gustav-Adolf   
Meisinger, Ludwig   
Meisner, Werner   
Meiss, John   
Meissner, Arthur   
Meissner, Hans   
Meissner, Walter   
Meist, x   
Meister, Alfred   
Meister, Dieter   
Meister, Johann   
Meister, Rudolf01-08-189711-09-1958more 
Meister, Willi   
Meitsch, Otto   
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   
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 
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, Fritz   
Mende, Karl-Heinz   
Mende, Siegfried   
Mendeck, Herbert   
Mendel, Lothar   
Menden, Hermann   
Mendt, x   
Menedetter, Kurt   
Meng, Erich   
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   
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 
Menz, Oskar15-11-1919  
Menzel, Alfred   
Menzel, Artur   
Menzel, Eberhard   
Menzel, Gerhard   
Menzel, Gerhard (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader x)   
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   

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