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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Utz, Willibald "Willi"* January 20th, 1893
† April 20th, 1954

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Ullersperger, Wilhelm* August 6th, 1894
† May 16th, 1978

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Usinger, Christian* August 21st, 1894
† April 2nd, 1949

Ulbrich, Hermann* December 21st, 1894
† June 7th, 1944

Ullmer, Karl* March 1st, 1896

Ulich, Max* March 25th, 1896
† May 27th, 1964

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Ueberschär, Bernhard* May 10th, 1898
† February 14th, 1974

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Unrein, Martin Friedrich Karl* January 1st, 1901
† January 22nd, 1972

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Uckermann, Freiherr von, Walther* March 3rd, 1904
† April 22nd, 1945

Usedom, von, Horst* March 9th, 1906
† October 14th, 1970

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Übelhack, Friedrich* October 6th, 1907
† November 2nd, 1979

Ulms, Ulrich* August 22nd, 1908
† February 23rd, 2000

Uebe, Klaus* January 15th, 1909
† February 3rd, 1968

Uhl, Hermann* August 16th, 1911

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Ubben, Kurt* November 18th, 1911
† April 27th, 1944

Ufermann, Fritz* October 6th, 1912
† November 26th, 1996

Ulziffer, Hans* November 24th, 1913
† October 12th, 1944

Ulmer, Alfred* December 4th, 1914
† August 23rd, 2005

Utgenannt, Richard* February 15th, 1915
† February 14th, 1968

Urbanczyk, Rudolf Max* March 3rd, 1915
† October 25th, 1944

Uhlig, Gottfried* September 30th, 1915
† December 21st, 2002

Ulmenstein, Freiherr von, Günter Julius Lukas* November 26th, 1915
† April 23rd, 2013

Ulbricht, Kurt Martin* February 4th, 1916
† February 1988

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Unrau, Heinz* February 25th, 1916
† January 21st, 2004

Uhl, Rudolf* April 2nd, 1916
† March 27th, 1965

Uphoff, Horst* October 3rd, 1916
† August 24th, 1943

Unruhe, Johannes* October 20th, 1916
† March 11th, 2004

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Ullrich, Erich* November 13th, 1916

Ustarbowski, Theodor* January 3rd, 1920

Unger, Willi* March 27th, 1920
† June 23rd, 2005

Unruh, Kurt* July 28th, 1920
† March 11th, 1989

Utter, Werner* February 14th, 1921
† November 29th, 2006

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