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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Waldmüller, Hans13-09-191208-09-1944more 
Wanhöfer, Günter18-11-191607-08-2015 
Wandrey, Max08-04-191021-02-1945more 
Wenzel, Karl, Ambrosius, Sylvester31-12-192201-01-1945more 
Wieczorek, Richard, Gustav07-04-191722-07-1944more 
Wirxel, Hermann   
Wormann, Heinrich14-10-192226-02-1944more 
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Walter, Dominikus25-10-191314-02-1993 
Werner, Fritz03-01-1915 more 
Werner, Johann  more 
Witte, Herbert  more 
Weiss, Ernst-Günther   
Weinand, Matthias  more 
Wirsing, Karl-Heinz05-04-1907  
Wreschniok, Heinz22-03-1916  
Woite, Egon27-02-1905  
Weiser, Gerhard (Jäger-Regiment 83)08-04-1914 more 
Wendt, Olaf15-01-1917  
Wassmann, Rudolf07-10-1914  
Wachter, Heinrich13-01-1916 more 
Wegener, Günther   
Wunn, Heinrich16-11-190728-11-1944 
Weiß, Adolf (WH-Infanterie)03-04-1906 more 
Weyrauther, Hermann29-06-190402-03-1980 
Wriedt, Ernst-Arthur03-04-1918  
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Wilcke, Hans   
Wietersheim, von, Joachim Paul Friedrich Max09-05-1896  
Wiechert, Hans   
Wefelmeier, Friedrich   
Walter, Rudolf   
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Wehnelt, Herbert   
Wendlandt, Hans   
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Weissenberger, Theodor21-12-191410-06-1950more 
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Wischnewski, Hermann09-02-191728-11-1993 
Wandel, Joachim07-05-191407-10-1942 
Waldmann, Hans-Peter "Dackel"24-09-192218-03-1945more 
Waldecker, Helmut03-09-191425-04-1966more 
Wagner, Rudolf29-10-192111-12-1943 
Wagner, Hans11-03-189613-05-1967more 
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Wendt, Manfred04-01-1921  
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Wasmer, x00-00-1913  
Witt, Hermann28-06-189210-12-1988 
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Wolf, Hermann27-12-191921-10-1996 
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Wulff, Erich17-05-191412-01-1979more 
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Wirges, Ferdinand   
Wiest, Franz   
Wolff-Vorbeck, Eberhard   
Wölfel, Friedrich   
Westermann, Wilhelm21-06-1914  
Wabersich, Franz   
Wachendorfer, Hans   
Wachhausen, Horst26-10-189724-04-1945 
Wachholz, Wilhelm   
Wachsmuth, Günther   
Wachsmuth, Karl   
Wachsmuth, Werner   
Wachtel, Gotthard   
Wachtel, Max06-06-189718-06-1982more 
Wachtendorf, Herbert   
Wachter, Johann "Hans"24-11-191219-12-1944 
Wack, Heinz Peter00-00-191700-00-1993 
Wacker, Alfred   
Wacker, Friedrich   
Wacker, Hans   
Wacker, Paul   
Wacker, Walther   
Wackermann, Julius   
Wackernagel, Klaus   
Wadakur, Alexander   
Wadenstorfer, Johann "Hans"14-10-191528-10-1944 
Wadepfuhl, Herbert   
Waechter, Otto   
Waeger, Kurt06-02-189318-06-1952more 
Waegner, Günther   
Waegner, Ulrich   
Waffenschmidt, Hans   
Wagemann, Albert   
Wagemann, Eberhard   
Wagemann, Friedrich   
Wagemann, Hermann   
Wagener, Carl23-12-190103-06-1988 
Wagenfeld, Ludwig16-02-191126-02-1993 
Wagler, Bruno05-09-191231-10-1951 
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Wagner, Heinz (WH-Inf.Rgt. 429)   
Wagner, Helmut   
Wagner, Henri   
Wagner, Herbert   
Wagner, Hermann   
Wagner, Horst   
Wagner, Hugo   
Wagner, Johann   
Wagner, Josef   
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Wagner, Kurt   
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Wagner, Otto (WH-Jäger-Bataillon 8)   
Wagner, Paul   
Wagner, Paul (WH-Inf. Rgt. 48)   
Wagner, Richard   
Wagner, Rolf   
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Wagner, Siegfried   
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Wasner, Albert   
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Weber, Erich   
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Weber, Ernst (Lw-Flak-Regiment)   
Weber, Erwin   
Weber, Franz   
Weber, Franz (Transportgeschwader 3)   
Weber, Friedrich   
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Weber, Fritz   
Weber, Fritz   
Weber, Georg 29-08-1943 
Weber, Gerhard21-03-189813-01-1944 
Weber, Gerhard   
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Weber, Günter   
Weber, Günther   
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Weber, Heinrich   
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Weber, Heinz   
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Weber, Josef   
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