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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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Zaag, Erich   
Zaag, Günther   
Zaage, Willi   
Zabel, Gerhard (KG 53 'Legion Condor')   
Zabel, Oskar (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 129)   
Zaborowski, Paul   
Zabransky, Ernst   
Zach, Ludwig   
Zacharias, Horst   
Zacher, Franz   
Zacherl, Heinrich   
Zacherl, Johann   
Zadelhoff, von, Fritz   
Zaglmann, Otto   
Zahl, Christoph   
Zahlbruckner, Walter   
Zahlmann, Hermann   
Zahn, Gerhard   
Zahn, Hans-Ludwig   
Zahn, Rudolf   
Zampich, Otto   
Zander, Arthur   
Zander, Fritz   
Zander, Gustav   
Zander, Kurt   
Zandt, Hans-Richard   
Zank, Kurt   
Zanke, Rudolf   
Zanner, Georg   
Zapf, Fritz   
Zapf, Fritz (WH-Gebirgsjäger)   
Zapf, Georg   
Zapf, Heinz   
Zapf, Walter   
Zapp, Werner   
Zarschler, Artur   
Zarse, Wolfgang   
Zaun, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Zauner, Josef   
Zauner, Otto   
Zbyrovski, Alois   
Zech, Eberhard   
Zech, Siegfried   
Zedlitz, Herbert   
Zeeb, Paul   
Zehe, Walter   
Zehetmair, Andreas   
Zehle, Wilhelm   
Zehler, Albert   
Zehlius, Lothar   
Zehm, Hans   
Zehner, Ewald   
Zeibig, Albert   
Zeidelhack, Bernhard   
Zeidler, Johann   
Zeifang, Michael   
Zeifang, Peter   
Zeiger, Erhard  more 
Zeiger, Wilhelm   
Zeigermann, Christoph   
Zeilhofer, Alfons   
Zeilinger, Oskar   
Zeilner, Alfons   
Zeiringer, Johann   
Zeise, Herbert   
Zeitler, Hans   
Zeiß, Richard   
Zelewski, von, Kurt   
Zelezniak, Richard   
Zeller, Otto   
Zeller, Siegfried   
Zellin, Herbert   
Zellner, Paul   
Zelsko, Heinrich   
Zeltner, Richard   
Zembsch, Heinz   
Zemlicka, Josef   
Zende, Kurt   
Zengel, Walter   
Zengler, Wilhelm   
Zenisek, Ferdinand   
Zenker, Erich   
Zenker, Friedrich   
Zenker, Heinrich   
Zenner, Walter   
Zens, Edmund   
Zerna, Sigfried   
Zerweck, Hans   
Zeschau, von, Ernst   
Zetzsche, Hansjürgen   
Zeug, Heinz   
Zeuler, Helmut   
Zey, Helmut   
Zeyer, Wilhelm   
Zibell, Alfred   
Zibler, Emil   
Zick, Helmut   
Zickelbein, Karl-Heinz   
Zickfeld, Rudolf   
Zickler, Stefan   
Zickuhr, Herbert   
Zickwolff, Erich   
Ziebart, Wilhelm   
Ziebell, Otto   
Zieboltz, Horst   
Ziech, Walter   
Ziegelmann, Fritz   
Ziegelmayer, Karl   
Ziegelmeier, Josef   
Ziegens, Hilmar   
Zieger, Gotthold   
Zieger, Heinz   
Zieger, Johann   
Ziegert, Paul   
Ziegler, August   
Ziegler, Dr., Wolfgang   
Ziegler, Erich   
Ziegler, Eugen-Karl   
Ziegler, Gerhard   
Ziegler, Johannes   
Ziegler, Kurt   
Ziegler, Peter   
Ziegler, Rudolf   
Ziegler, Willi   
Zielinski, Ernst   
Zielinski, Paul   
Ziemann, Karl   
Ziemann, Kurt   
Ziemer, Kurt   
Ziemer, Wilhelm   
Ziemer, Wolfgang   
Ziemke, Max   
Ziems, Paul   
Ziemski, Joseph   
Ziemssen, Dietrich   
Zierdt, Walter   
Zierhold, Georg   
Zierke, Kurt   
Zierold, Arthur   
Ziervogel, Heinrich   
Zierz, Herbert   
Zieten, von, Hans-Joachim   
Zietlow, Friedrich   
Zigenhorn, Karl   
Zihmann, Dietrich   
Zillmann, Heinrich   
Zillmer, Gerhard   
Zilm, Erich   
Zilz, Horst   
Zimare, Karl   
Zimbelius, Karl-Heinz   
Zimburg, von, Rüdiger   
Zimmer, Fritz   
Zimmer, Hans   
Zimmer, Harry   
Zimmer, Herbert   
Zimmer, Karl   
Zimmer, Kurt   
Zimmer, Wilhelm   
Zimmerer, Ludwig   
Zimmermann, Alfred   
Zimmermann, Armin   
Zimmermann, Eduard   
Zimmermann, Ernst   
Zimmermann, Ernst   
Zimmermann, Friedrich   
Zimmermann, Fritz   
Zimmermann, Georg   
Zimmermann, Georg   
Zimmermann, Gerhard   
Zimmermann, Gerhard   
Zimmermann, Hans   
Zimmermann, Herbert (Grenadier-Regiment 456)   
Zimmermann, Herbert (Grenadier-Regiment 578)   
Zimmermann, Herbert (Transportgeschwader 3)   
Zimmermann, Hermann   
Zimmermann, Horst   
Zimmermann, Josef   
Zimmermann, Josef (WH-Pi.Btl. 21)   
Zimmermann, Julius   
Zimmermann, Karl-Heinz   
Zimmermann, Karl-Viktor   
Zimmermann, Konrad   
Zimmermann, Kuno   
Zimmermann, Kurt   
Zimmermann, Otto   
Zimmermann, Paul   
Zimmermann, Rolf   
Zimmermann, Rudi   
Zimmermann, Rudolf   
Zimmermann, Rudolf (Kriegsmarine)   
Zimmermann, Siegfried   
Zimmermann, Walter   
Zimmermann, Werner   
Zimmermann, Werner   
Zimmermann, Wilhelm   
Zimmermann, Wilhelm   
Zimmermann, Wolfgang   
Zimmermann, Wolfgang (WH-Inf.Rgt. 276)   
Zimny, Gerhard   
Zimoch, Johannes   
Zimpel, Helmut   
Zimpel, Karl   
Zindler, Karlheinz   
Zindstein, Albert   
Zingelmann, Kurt   
Zink, Dieter   
Zink, Fülbert   
Zink, Wilhelm   
Zink, Wilhelm   
Zinkel, Erwin   
Zinkhan, Fritz   
Zinkhan, Georg   
Zinn, Martin   
Zinn, Otto   
Zinn, Theodor   
Zinner, Karl   
Zinnkann, Willi   
Zins, Willy   
Zinsstag, Georg   
Zipp, Friedrich   
Zippel, Günter   
Zipper, Karl   
Zirhan, Herbert   
Zirpel, Otto   
Zirpel, Siegfried   
Zirus, Georg   
Zischler, Emil   
Zitzenbacher, Hubert   
Zitzewitz, von, Wilhelm   
Zmijewski, Alfons   
Zocher, Ernst   
Zoeller, Ludwig   
Zolleck, Georg   
Zollweg, Fritz   
Zorn, Albert   
Zorn, Albrecht   
Zorn, Heinrich   
Zorn, Rudolf   
Zoufahl, Franz-Josef   
Zozmann, Ernst   
Zschaber, Helmut (Grenadier-Regiment 933)   
Zschernitz, Bernhard   
Zschiegner, Herbert   
Zschiegner, Werner   
Zschintzsch, Richard   
Zschoch, Dieter   
Zschoche, Helmut   
Zschocke, Rolf   
Zuber, Hans-Georg   
Zugmaier, Josef   
Zumpe, Helmut   
Zundel, Fritz   
Zunker, Wilhelm   
Zurmahr, Theodor   
Zurstraßen, Heinrich   
Zutavern, Karl-Ludwig   
Zwade, Georg Heinrich   
Zwanzig, Günther   
Zweig, Karl-Heinz   
Zweigart, Roman   
Zwengel, Albert   
Zwick, Bruno  more 
Zwick, Jakob   
Zwingmann, Willy   
Zybon, Bernhard   
Zychlinski, Kurt   
Zückert, Walter   
Zydowitz, von, Kurt   
Zügel, Ruprecht   
Zügner, Josef   
Zühlke, Harry 01-01-1967 
Zühlsdorf, Robert   
Zynda, Günther   
Zürcher, Paul   
Zürlik, Dr., Josef   
Zürn, Ulrich   
Zywietz, Helmut   
Zähler, Helmut   
Zöfelt, Walter   
Zölch, Ludwig   
Zöller, Josef   
Zöller, Wilhelm   
Zöllner, Erwin   
Zörkler, Roland   
Zukertort, Johannes29-04-188607-03-1969 
Zimmermann, Bodo26-11-188616-04-1963more 
Zunke, Willy10-10-188724-11-1966 
Zorn, Hans27-10-189102-08-1943more 
Zieb, Paul-Willy03-06-189209-08-1972 
Zimmer, Richard21-06-189320-06-1971more 
Ziegler, Heinz19-05-189421-08-1972more 
Zimmermann, Lothar, Dr.20-01-189600-07-1946more 
Zollenkopf, Helmuth19-05-1896 more 
Zeissig, Richard Wilhelm27-01-189706-01-1942more 
Zimmermann, Hermann18-11-189711-01-1978 
Zunker, Ernst09-09-189818-12-1980 
Zaage, Albert27-03-1900  
Zehender, August Friedrich28-04-190311-02-1945more 
Ziegler und Klipphausen, von, Heinz31-12-1903  
Zeidler, Markus23-01-190412-07-1958 
Ziegler, Herbert08-10-190425-06-1944 
Ziegler, Joachim19-10-190402-05-1945 
Zabel, Wolf-Armin (6. Luft.-Felddivision)11-11-190431-07-1944 
Ziegler, Karl01-11-190512-01-1992 
Zastrow, von, Hans-Viktor12-04-190710-12-1942 
Zörn, Ernst Adolf Friedrich30-10-190707-10-1943more 
Zander, Helmut09-12-190811-10-1990 
Zimmermann, Herbert (18. Armee)07-02-1909  
Zurmühlen, Bernhard23-02-190925-11-1943 
Zugehör, Günter18-12-190901-07-1966 
Zähr, Erich19-02-191115-07-1985 
Zeller, Konrad (Grenadier-Regiment 380)09-09-191124-01-1996more 
Zahn, Lothar20-09-191110-02-1989 
Zollhöfer, Emil20-09-191120-08-1984more 
Ziemer, Ernst09-12-191106-08-1986 
Zaloga, Fritz01-01-191223-06-1944 
Zimmermann, Jakob09-01-191208-10-1943 
Zillmann, Erich10-01-191209-08-1986 
Zimmer, Karl (Grenadier-Regiment 105)09-04-191321-04-2002 
Zieher, Erich13-04-1913 more 
Zebhauser, Paul09-06-191322-06-1992more 
Zymalkowski, Felix13-08-191317-08-2004more 
Zboron, Leonhard24-12-1913  
Zwipf, Heinrich13-01-191407-04-1944 
Zweigart, Eugen-Ludwig05-03-191408-06-1944 
Ziehr, Leonhard08-03-191429-04-1989 
Zintl, Franz-Xaver14-06-191423-03-1993 
Zobel, Heinz20-06-1914 more 
Zorell, Alois21-06-191411-12-2003 
Zoll, Erhard01-08-191417-07-2004more 
Zölk, Rudolf08-08-1914 more 
Zepner, Alois16-08-191414-11-1944 
Zwickenpflug, Johann29-09-191407-06-1969 
Ziedainis, Miervaldis15-01-191516-07-1946 
Zander, Herbert21-01-1915  
Zeller, Herbert02-03-1915  
Zimmermann, Ernst18-03-191507-07-1943 
Ziebarth, Wilhelm13-06-1915 more 
Zweng, Wilhelm "Willi"26-11-191527-08-1944 
Zellmann, Herbert (Stuka-Geschwader 1)11-02-191630-08-1943 
Zwernemann, Josef "Jupp"26-03-191608-04-1944more 
Zachariae-Lingenthal, Edel Heinrich19-04-191630-03-1998more 
Zettler, Rudolf19-05-191627-06-1944 
Zielke, Heinrich22-05-191629-03-1944 
Zimmermann, Herbert (Waffen-SS "Das Reich")31-05-191608-04-1945 
Zauner, Franz04-09-191629-07-2008 
Zick, Siegfried25-12-1916  
Zimmermann, Rudolf (Schützen-Regiment 73)25-12-191625-01-1996more 
Zäh, Friedrich03-03-191720-01-1945more 
Zittwitz, von, Wilhelm22-08-1917  
Zimmermann, Oskar06-12-191712-06-1976 
Zemanek, Walter25-05-1918 more 
Zellner, Johann "Hans"19-06-191827-02-1945 
Zellner, Karl28-09-191813-09-1943 
Zimmermann, Manfred25-10-191804-07-1944 
Zick, Alois24-12-191831-08-1943 
Zabel, Arthur (Flak-Regiment 4)18-01-1919  
Zecherle, Konrad16-02-191907-03-2009 
Zipfel, Willibald08-07-191902-02-1964 
Zwesken, Rudolf "Rudi" "Bulle"13-08-191922-02-1946 
Zeiher, Robert01-11-191913-06-2000more 
Zöllner, Heinz07-11-191905-11-1944 
Zeissler, Heinz15-12-1919 more 
Zinnert, Helmut11-01-192004-03-1984 
Zewe, Wilhelm29-03-192031-05-1944 
Zorner, Paul Anton Guido31-03-192027-01-2014more 
Zellot, Walter06-10-192010-09-1942 
Zierenberg, Bernhard20-10-192009-08-1943 
Zschimmer, Kurt20-11-1920  
Zabel, Walter ('U-9')25-01-1921  
Zelsacher, Adolf30-05-192104-05-1943more 
Zillich, Karl22-06-192114-04-1944 
Zollenkopf, Martin28-10-192106-03-1945 
Zandler, Johann16-11-1921  
Zatorski, von, Max05-03-192203-01-2004