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
Obenauer, Leonhard   
Ober, Ernst   
Oberbeck, Herbert   
Oberbeckmann, Werner   
Oberberger, Alois   
Oberbracht, Friedrich-Karl   
Oberdieck, Helmut   
Oberembt, Alfred   
Obergethmann, Eduard   
Oberhage, Herbert   
Oberhoff, Kurt   
Oberjatzas, Wilhelm   
Oberleitner, Anton   
Oberloskamp, Hans-Günther   
Oberländer, Werner   
Oberländer, Wilhelm   
Obermeier, Georg   
Obermeier, Ludwig   
Obermeier, Ludwig   
Obermüller, Erich   
Obermüller, Georg   
Obermüller, Gerhard   
Obernberger, Franz   
Obernitz, von, Hans-Günther   
Oberschelp, Alfred   
Oberschelp, Eugen   
Oberste-Sirrenberg, Heinz   
Oberthür, Hein-Georg   
Obertlik, Josef   
Oberweg, Herbert   
Oberwemmer, Friedrich   
Obexer, Josef   
Obladen, Clemens   
Obmann, Helmut   
Obrecht, Herbert   
Ochs, Ernst   
Ochs, Herbert   
Ochs, Karl   
Ochsenfeld, Heinrich   
Ochterbeck, Helmut   
Ocker, Karl-Wilhelm   
Ockermann, Wilhelm   
Oddoy, Friedrich-Karl   
Odenhardt, Wilhelm   
Odenkirchen, Peter   
Odia, Ludwig   
Oebike, Burkhard   
Oechelhaeuser, von, Justus-Wilhelm   
Oechsle, Heinz   
Oechsler, Emil   
Oeck, Herbert   
Oefner, Fritz   
Oehl, Christian   
Oehler, Dietrich   
Oehler, Erich   
Oehler, Erich   
Oehlmann, Hans   
Oehlmann, Harro   
Oehlschlaeger, Günther   
Oehme, Herbert   
Oehme, Walter   
Oehmichen, von, Hans-Joachim   
Oehmichen, Walter   
Oehring, Hans   
Oel, Josef   
Oelkers, Friedrich-Adolf   
Oellerer, Franz   
Oellrich, Rudo   
Oelmann, Josef   
Oelrich, Fritz   
Oepen, Johann   
Oertel, Heinz   
Oertel, Hermann   
Oertel, Kurt   
Oertel, Max   
Oertel, Siegfried   
Oertzen, von, Wilhelm   
Oesterheld, Friedrich-Karl   
Oesterheld, Gerhard   
Oesterle, Georg   
Oesterle, Leonhardt   
Oestreich, Friedrich   
Oestreicher, Oskar   
Oetinger, Alfred   
Oettel, Erich   
Oettingen, von, Peter   
Oettinger, Karl   
Oettinger, Paul   
Oexle, Wilhelm   
Oeynhausen, von, Hans   
Ofenböck, Otto   
Oferle, Ernst   
Offenborn, Gustav   
Offenhäuser, Otto   
Offer, Gerhard   
Offermann, Johannes   
Ogaza, Hubert   
Ogris, Hans   
Ohl, Hubert  more 
Ohl, Walter   
Ohlenburg, Hans   
Ohlenbusch, Günter   
Ohlendorf, Robert   
Ohler, Ernst   
Ohliger, Rudolf   
Ohlmann, Josef   
Ohlsen, Heinz   
Ohm, Joachim   
Ohme, Günter   
Ohnesorge, Gerhard   
Ohnesorge, Joachim   
Ohnesorge, Karl   
Ohning, Helmut   
Ohrdorf, Walter   
Ohrt, Herbert   
Ohrtmann, Johannes   
Oing, Josef   
Olberg, von, Axel   
Olbermann, Josef   
Olborth, Hermann   
Olbrich, Kurt   
Olbricht, Erich   
Olbrisch, Rudolf   
Olczyk, Erich   
Oldenburg, Fritz   
Oldenburg, Walter   
Oldershausen, Freiherr von, Bernhard   
Olearius, Kurt   
Olejnik, Herbert   
Olesch, Alfons   
Olivier, Herbert   
Ollendorff, Hans   
Olowinsky, Franz   
Olschewski, Horst   
Olschewski, Reinhold   
Olschewski, Walter   
Olsen, Kurt   
Olshausen, von, Gert   
Olsson, Sven-Erik   
Oltmann, Helmut   
Oltrogge, Hans   
Olze, Arno  more 
Ondrazek, Willi   
Op de Hipt, Johann   
Opdenhoff, Jürgen   
Opetz, Max   
Opitz, Alfred   
Opitz, Fritz   
Opitz, Heinz-Eberhard   
Opitz, Hermann   
Opitz, Paul-Hermann   
Opitz, Wilhelm   
Opolka, Stefan   
Oppelt, Otto   
Oppen, von, Alexander   
Oppen, von, Udo   
Oppermann, Ernst   
Oppermann, Heinz   
Oppermann, Heinz   
Oppermann, Walter (WH-Panzerjäger)   
Oppersdorff, Graf von, Hans-Georg   
Oprotkowitz, Heinz   
Orbes, Franz   
Ordelheide, Heinz   
Ordnung, Richard   
Orfert, Erich   
Orlicek, Anton   
Orlowski, Alfons   
Orlowski, Gerhard   
Orlowski, Günter   
Orlowski, Heinrich   
Orlowski, Helmut   
Orlowski, Max   
Orschel, Erwin   
Orschler, Willi   
Orschulik, Rudolf   
Ortegel, Ernst   
Ortenburg, Graf zu, Udo   
Ortgies, Hermann   
Orth, Heinz   
Orth, Heinz (Grenadier-Regiment 698)   
Orth, Josef   
Orthwein, Heinrich   
Ortler, Gerhard   
Ortmann, Erich   
Ortmanns, Johann   
Ortner, Georg   
Osbahr, Ferdinand   
Osbahr, Heinrich   
Osburg, Rudolf   
Osenbrück, Werner   
Osing, Helmut   
Osond, Johann   
Osowski, Ignatz   
Ospel, Hans   
Ossenbühn, Ernst   
Ossmann, Rüdiger   
Osswald, Ernst   
Ost, Wilhelm   
Ostareck, Rudolf   
Osten, von der, Dietrich   
Ostendorf, Aloys   
Ostendorff, Georg   
Oster, Heinrich   
Osterhues, August   
Osterkamp, Heinz   
Osterloh, Karl-Heinz   
Osterloh, Kurt   
Ostermaier, Emil   
Ostermann, Hellmuth   
Ostermayer, Ludwig   
Ostermeier, Rudi   
Ostermeyer, Friedrich   
Ostermeyer, Wilhelm   
Osterroht, Hans-Joachim   
Osterwald, Konrad   
Ostholt, Heinz   
Ostrowski, Heinz   
Ostrowski, von, Johannes   
Ostwald, Johannes   
Ostwald, Wilhelm   
Oswald, Franz   
Oswald, von, Kurt   
Otolski, Oskar   
Ott, Adolf   
Ott, Alfons   
Ott, Ernst-Ludwig   
Ott, Franz   
Ott, Hans   
Ott, Heinz   
Ott, Heinz (Luftwaffe)   
Ott, Hermann   
Ott, Johann   
Ott, Moritz   
Ott, Reinhold   
Otte, Dr., Heinz   
Otte, Heino   
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Ottinger, Emil   
Ottitsch, Ferdinand   
Ottmann, Theodor   
Ottnad, Alexander   
Otto, Albrecht   
Otto, Christian   
Otto, Friedrich   
Otto, Heinz   
Otto, Helmut   
Otto, Herbert-Günther   
Otto, Johann   
Otto, Karl   
Otto, Lothar   
Otto, Paul (WH-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 561)   
Otto, Siegfried   
Otto, Werner   
Otto, Werner   
Otto, Wolfgang   
Ottow, Hans   
Ottow, Max   
Ovelhey, Franz   
Ovenbeck, Edgar   
Oventrop, Julius   
Overbeck, Ernst Ferdinand   
Öchsl, Michael   
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Öffinger, Karl   
Öhlbauer, Alois   
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Östreich, Heinrich   
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