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
Mors, Otto-Harald18-11-191011-02-2001 
Matern, Alfred15-12-191026-02-1946more 
Meyer, Kurt (Waffen-SS)23-12-191023-12-1961more 
Maier, Kurt21-01-191111-02-1952more 
Mallo, Hermann12-02-191122-03-1945 
Mohnke, Wilhelm15-03-191106-08-2001more 
Maurischat, Willi10-05-1911 more 
Meier, Friedrich28-05-1911 more 
Merten, Josef02-06-1911  
Matheisen, Kornel16-07-1911  
Müller, Dr., Günther (LW-Fallschirmjäger)15-09-191100-00-1962more 
Müller, Ernst (KM-U-Boot)10-11-191114-02-1945 
Maringgele, Hermann29-11-191121-07-2000 
Müller, Friedrich-Karl "Nasen"04-12-191102-11-1987 
Muggenthaler, Alfons12-12-191124-02-1962 
Matern, Alfred (WH-Art.Rgt. 187)00-00-1912  
Mader, Franz28-01-191224-10-1988 
Metzger, Richard06-02-191208-12-1982more 
Mürl, Heinrich11-02-1912  
Miescke, Heinz01-04-1912  
Montreal, Zeslaus04-04-191221-01-1945 
Mink, Wilhelm29-04-191212-03-1945 
Mosandl, Anton05-05-191202-12-1942more 
Müllensiefen, Peter-Eberhard05-08-191218-02-2004 
Malapert, Freiherr von, Robert-Georg07-08-191221-05-1942more 
Muntau, Gottfried29-09-191207-04-2012 
Masarié, Arzelino10-10-191209-08-1944 
Müller, Heinz06-12-191217-03-1945more 
Möbius, Rudolf13-12-191225-08-1978 
Meyer, Otto (SS-Panzer-Regiment 9)23-12-191229-08-1944 
Mader, Anton07-01-191319-02-1984 
Mahn, Gerhard19-02-1913 more 
Müller, Albert (KM-Schnellboot)03-04-191303-04-2005more 
Mocken, Aloys13-04-191310-05-1998 
Markowsky, Joachim02-05-1913 more 
Meding, von, Arnold22-05-1913  
Mallison, Dr., Robert24-05-1913  
Miedeck, Paul25-05-1913  
Menzel, Gustav02-06-1913  
Milaeger, Kurt07-06-1913  
Möller, Hubert08-06-1913 more 
Moritz, Wilhelm (Lw-Jagdgeschwader)29-06-191300-00-2010more 
Meyering, Gerhard07-08-1913  
Mahlke, Helmut27-08-191326-12-1998more 
Malkomes, Hans15-11-191321-03-1945more 
Mündlein, Ernst07-12-191311-09-1944 
Meyer, von, Kuno27-12-191325-01-2010more 
Mönnich, Hubert14-01-1914  
Maluck, Gerhard21-03-1914  
Müller, Anton "Toni"12-04-191427-07-2006more 
Messerer, Robert14-04-191417-09-1968 
Middermann, Heinz-Emil20-04-191416-02-1944 
Meyer, Otto (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 55)17-05-191423-02-1945more 
Menzler, Heinrich-Karl27-05-1914 more 
Marquart, Rolf09-07-1914  
Marreck, Günther22-07-191423-12-2002more 
Mantel, Gerhard02-08-191413-07-2010 
Mitzlaff, von, Berndt05-08-191420-03-2003more 
Mertens, Ewald14-08-191410-06-2017 
Mothes, Heinz03-09-191419-11-1987 
Morell, Reinhard05-09-1914  
Mehl, Waldemar07-09-191429-03-1996more 
Maier, August12-09-191410-02-1991 
Molzen, Friedrich-Wilhelm14-09-1914  
Mallmann, Luitwin30-09-191408-02-1990 
Menzel, Joachim11-10-191403-01-2005more 
Müller, Siegfried (Waffen-SS)18-10-191407-04-1974more 
Matthes, Hans20-10-191412-03-1966more 
Matzen, Jens-Ingwer22-10-191429-02-1980 
Maisenbacher, Eugen20-11-191419-08-1990more 
Müller, Walter Christian22-11-191422-09-2003more 
Münch, Gerhard02-12-191406-12-2011 
Mischke, Helmut21-12-191402-05-1945more 
Magg, Alois24-12-191422-10-2001 
Matuschka, Graf von, Hartmut29-12-191416-01-1945 
Messerschmidt, Hans00-00-191500-00-1979 
Maurer, Karl01-01-1915  
Minn, Peter08-01-1915  
Michalak, Johann17-01-1915 more 
Molinari, Karl-Theodor07-02-191511-12-1993 
Mylius, Wilhelm24-02-191510-09-1970more 
Meseck-Selchow, Siegfried25-02-191520-10-2009more 
Müller, Claus10-03-191504-09-1942 
Meentzen, Wilhelm19-03-191508-05-2001more 
Meier, Hans-Otto (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)29-03-191502-05-1944 
Meyer, August Heinrich Gerhard30-03-191526-09-1944more 
Meyer, Gerhard15-04-191512-04-1945 
Munz, Karl29-04-1915  
Mersmann, Ernst-Hermann21-06-191517-03-2002 
Maetzel, Heinz02-07-191508-01-1977 
Meurer, Fritz08-07-1915  
Moldenhauer, Siegfried25-07-191526-08-1998more 
Müller, Rolf (SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 2)07-08-1915 more 
Metzeld, Heinz02-09-191511-09-2012 
Mirbach, Freiherr von, Erich Werner Siegfried Götz12-09-191506-08-1968more 
Mähler, Josef02-10-191524-08-1944 
Müller, Alfred (WH-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 6)14-10-1915  
Müller, Ferdinand12-11-191500-00-1999 
Mahn, Friedrich-Karl21-11-191517-05-1981 
Mrkva, Rudolf01-12-191510-09-1979 
Meinecke, Heinrich09-12-1915 more 
Moßdorf, Martin10-01-191611-01-2002more 
Meyer, Heinz (LW-Fallschirmjäger)09-04-191622-12-1987more 
Marquardt, Hugo19-04-1916  
Makus, Erich21-04-1916  
Milius, Siegfried10-06-191621-08-1992more 
Merten, Peter23-06-191619-06-2006 
Mützelfeldt, Hans-Joachim08-08-191610-05-1945 
Martin, Wolfgang11-09-191613-05-1944more 
Müller, Walter (WL-Seeaufklärungsgruppe)07-10-1916 more 
Mertens, Otto15-10-191620-05-1982 
Mende, Erich28-10-191606-05-1998more 
Müller, Alfred (WH-Grenadier)11-11-191626-06-1944 
Möller, Emil19-11-191610-07-1993more 
Millahn, Karl-Hermann09-12-191607-10-1981 
Müller, Friedrich-Karl "Tutti"25-12-191629-05-1944more 
Meimberg, Julius11-01-191717-01-2012 
Merks, Hans-Joachim02-02-191721-02-1961more 
Mantwitz, Walter17-02-1917 more 
Morys, Georg07-04-191707-03-1945 
Müller, Hans (Panzer-Regiment 35)13-04-191714-11-1943 
Messer, Wilhelm19-04-191705-04-2008 
Menges, Otto09-05-191724-05-1944more 
Möbus, Martin09-05-191702-06-1944 
Meixner, Johannes27-05-191714-07-1943 
Mayerl, Maximilian28-05-191711-02-2010more 
Matoni, Walter27-06-191726-06-1988more 
Matuschka, Graf von, Siegfried28-06-191716-04-1943 
Mirow, Eugen Wilhelm Joachim06-07-1917  
Mayer, Egon19-08-191702-03-1944 
Maar, Richard04-10-191729-04-1945more 
Meier, Walter19-10-191727-07-1944 
Müller, Siegfried (LW-Jagdgeschwader 54)10-11-191721-02-1945 
Mertens, Helmut11-11-191717-01-1984 
Mager, Rolf01-12-191701-01-1945more 
Mayer, Wilhelm05-12-191704-01-1945 
Mix, Walter21-12-191717-11-2004more 
Migeod, Heinz-Georg24-02-191818-11-2010more 
Mickley, Hubert11-04-191830-12-1944more 
Messerer, Fritz17-05-1918  
Montag, Alfred15-06-191818-11-1990more 
Meyer, Robert08-07-1918  
Mietusch, Klaus05-08-191817-09-1944 
Moßgraber, Hans-Theo23-08-191827-11-1942 
Mahrholz, Hans-Gert10-10-191813-02-2012 
Magold, Hanns16-11-191815-09-1944 
Maurer, Eckehard25-11-191825-12-2002 
Mogler, Rudolf28-11-1918  
Müncheberg, Joachim31-12-191823-03-1943more 
Miksch, Alfred03-01-191901-12-1943 
Möller, Werner07-01-191922-09-1981more 
Meyer, Heinrich26-01-191915-03-2008 
Meyer zur Heyde, Hans21-03-1919  
Mühlbauer, Rudolf23-03-191926-03-2000more 
Merxmüller, Alois27-03-191905-12-2008 
Mühlinghaus, August20-05-191917-10-1942 
Müller, Wilhelm (WH-Grenadier-Regiment 97)24-05-191900-00-2009more 
Meinicke, Johannes24-06-191904-09-1943 
Meyer-Abich, Helmut20-07-191925-01-2008 
Meurer, Manfred08-09-191921-01-1944 
Meyer, Werner (SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9)18-09-191917-08-1996more 
Mohs, Hans-Dieter22-09-191910-03-2009 
Müller, Helmuth24-09-1919  
Mädler, Helmut27-09-191922-08-1996 
Mahnke, Willi19-10-1919 more 
Müller, Helmut06-11-1919  
Menz, Oskar15-11-1919  
Meyer-Arend, Robert28-11-191927-05-1944 
Meyering, Heinrich30-11-191913-07-2003more 
Marseille, Hans-Joachim "Jochen"13-12-191930-09-1942more 
Meister, Ludwig14-12-191926-11-2011 
Musins, Karlis15-12-191902-06-1955 
Mosburger, Georg25-12-191918-02-1945more 
Märtl, Hans26-12-191900-00-2007 
Marl, Peter30-12-1919  
Mertins, Gerhard30-12-191919-03-1993 
Macher, Heinz31-12-191921-12-2001more 
Mayer, Leonhard00-00-192021-10-1944 
Mistler, Georg00-01-192000-00-1971 
Morgenstern, Erich14-01-192029-06-2000 
Mindt, Fritz24-01-1920  
Maximowitz, Willi29-01-192020-04-1945 
Meyer, Rudolf01-02-192030-04-1945 
Maltrovsky, Martin08-03-1920 more 
Mischke, Gerd16-03-192005-11-1992more 
Massalsky, Horst Rudolph Eduard29-03-192000-00-2001more 
Meitzel, Helmut24-04-192009-07-2004more 
Maltzahn, Freiherr von, Falk-Eberhard09-06-192006-08-1994 
Mehrfort, Hans-Georg15-07-1920  
Münzner, Eberhard17-07-192008-08-1944 
Menapace, Josef31-07-192006-10-1943 
Mayer, Hans20-08-1920  
Meindl, Georg05-09-192028-11-1944 
Meyer, Hans-Adolf (LW-Stuka)19-09-192001-07-1944more 
Metz, Werner04-10-192028-03-1984more 
Müller, Rudolf (Jagdgeschwader 5)21-11-192021-10-1943more 
Mayr, Heinrich22-11-192015-12-1944 
Miedza, Max22-11-192000-00-2000 
Münster, Leopold13-12-192008-05-1944 
Mader, Otto (Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 27)17-12-192021-12-1943 
Machek, Ludwig04-01-192103-09-1995 
Müller, Günther27-01-192123-06-1944 
Müller, Hans-Hermann05-02-1921  
Muscheid, Helmut13-02-1921  
Mißner, Helmut19-05-192112-09-1944 
Meyer, Heinz (LW-Schlagtgeschwader)21-05-1921  
Meier, Johann-Hermann10-06-192115-03-1944 
Mattiza, Max13-06-1921  
Mößlacher, Erhard16-06-192112-02-1945more 
Maldinger, Heinz21-06-192100-00-2005 
Mors, August20-07-192108-08-1944 
Miethig, Rudolf17-10-192110-06-1943 
Merker, Hans-Hermann23-11-192123-01-1988 
Meltzer, Karlheinz23-02-192214-08-1943 
Monnheimer, Heinz25-02-192227-03-2016more 
Mund, Dieter13-03-192223-11-1943 
Miensok, Paul20-07-192200-00-1995 
Möntmann, Werner26-09-1922  
Mertel, Josef15-10-1922  
Marquardt, Heinz29-12-192219-12-2003more 
Meyn, Wilhelm03-06-192304-05-2002 
Müller, Siegfried (LW-Jagdgeschwader 3)13-03-1924  
Metzig, Heinz13-10-192400-00-1945 

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