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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Baacke, Karl* May 15th, 1907
† April 2nd, 1944

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Baade, Ernst-Günther* August 20th, 1897
† May 8th, 1945

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Baader, Karl-Heinz* March 25th, 1916
† February 18th, 1966

Baake, Werner* November 1st, 1918
† July 15th, 1964

Baar, Rudolf* July 14th, 1912

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Baasner, Hans* January 1st, 1916
† February 21st, 1983

Babel, Ottomar* September 9th, 1898
† December 31st, 1945

Babenz, Emil Wilhelm Reinhold* January 1st, 1919
† April 8th, 1944
Plot: EH Grave: 7

Baberg, Kurt* February 23rd, 1917
† March 31st, 2003

Bach, Albert* November 29th, 1910
† July 22nd, 2003

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Bach, Otto Rudolf* August 16th, 1914
† November 26th, 1944
Row: 101 

Bach-Zelewski, von dem, Erich* March 1st, 1899
† March 8th, 1972

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Bachelin, Helmuth* June 21st, 1900
† August 21st, 1975

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Bacher, Hermann* March 11th, 1899
† October 6th, 1964

Bacherer, Rudolf* June 19th, 1895
† July 6th, 1964

Bachler, Hans† March 9th, 1945

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Bachmaier, Friedrich* March 30th, 1903
† September 12th, 2001

Bachmaier, Ludwig* August 24th, 1895
† December 24th, 1957

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Bachmann, Christian* November 23rd, 1919
† February 28th, 1945

Bachnick, Herbert* February 9th, 1920
† August 7th, 1944

Bachor, Wilhelm "Willi"* May 4th, 1921
† March 20th, 2008

Backhaus, Alfred* January 29th, 1912

Backhauß, Fritz* February 9th, 1915
† March 7th, 1971

Bade, Karl-Franziskus* March 4th, 1915

Bader, Edwin* September 19th, 1915
† July 12th, 1944

Bader, Friedrich Wilhelm "Fritz"* June 21st, 1908
† May 16th, 1997

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Bader, Hans* July 1st, 1917
† August 8th, 1944

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Bader, Martin* June 10th, 1921

Bader, Paul* July 20th, 1883
† February 28th, 1972

Bader, Robert Hermann* March 14th, 1899
† May 9th, 1945
Plot: 79D Row: 6 Grave: 381

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Bader, Rudolf* May 3rd, 1898
† June 3rd, 1983

Bading, Rudolf* August 12th, 1915
† April 21st, 1945
Plot: C Grave: 52

Badorrek, Emil* May 6th, 1910
† December 26th, 1944

Badum, Johann* March 2nd, 1921
† January 12th, 1943

Baeker, Gerhard* November 23rd, 1915
† April 20th, 2004

Baer, Karl* October 8th, 1894
† January 13th, 1944

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Baeßler, Erich* August 5th, 1890
† May 11th, 1975

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Baeßler, Johannes "Hans"* May 3rd, 1892
† November 8th, 1944

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Baginski, Ernst* August 23rd, 1914
† August 10th, 1944

Bahnsen, Heinrich* January 17th, 1914
† July 31st, 1941

Bahr, Günther* July 28th, 1921
† April 29th, 2009

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Bahr, Joachim Hans* February 15th, 1907

Bahr, Rudolf* April 1st, 1916
† January 16th, 1944

Baier, Albrecht* July 28th, 1893
† January 17th, 1953

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Baier, Joseph* December 4th, 1909
† September 1st, 2004

Baier, Karl (Luftwaffen-Felddivision)* June 4th, 1921
† November 28th, 1998

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Baier, Willibald* November 25th, 1914

Baldauf, Horst* May 24th, 1920
† June 10th, 1944

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Baldes, Josef* September 6th, 1915
† July 30th, 1985

Balfanz, Paul* October 23rd, 1913

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Balke, Diethelm* September 22nd, 1919
† May 8th, 2002

Balkow, Benno* August 1st, 1919
† February 15th, 2013

Balla, Erich* March 15th, 1885
† August 11th, 1943

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Ballasko, Edler von, Otto* April 29th, 1919
† February 5th, 2005

Baller, Carl-Philipp* August 22nd, 1916

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Balletshofer, Bernhard* July 30th, 1912
† August 11th, 1943

Baltzer, Richard Karl Robert* June 1st, 1886
† May 10th, 1945

Balzereit, Kurt* September 22nd, 1895
† January 16th, 1942

Bambey, Hans* February 27th, 1915
† February 21st, 1997

Bamler, Rudolf* May 6th, 1896
† March 13th, 1972

Banach, Friedrich* January 2nd, 1916
† March 13th, 1943

Bandilla, Kurt* March 1st, 1918

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Banholzer, Alfred* September 8th, 1912
† December 27th, 1980

Bansen, Erich* May 27th, 1917
† September 19th, 1966

Bansen, Hans-Gerhard* December 28th, 1916
† March 26th, 1999

Bar, Otto* April 7th, 1916
† June 24th, 1942

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Barakling, Emil* May 13th, 1910
† January 2nd, 1999

Barall, Benno* August 28th, 1900
† February 14th, 1983

Barbian, Robert* January 17th, 1920

Barde, Konrad* November 13th, 1897
† May 4th, 1945
Plot: 4 Grave: 38

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Bareuther, Herbert* June 29th, 1914
† April 30th, 1945

Barge, Johannes* March 23rd, 1906
† February 28th, 2000

Bargen, von, Johann "Hans"* October 14th, 1914
† July 6th, 1944

Barkhorn, Gerhard* March 20th, 1919
† January 11th, 1983

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Barlen, Karl* July 17th, 1890
† March 25th, 1956

Barnbeck, Hermann* October 7th, 1894
† October 25th, 1944

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Barner, Friedrich-Karl* March 28th, 1908
† December 6th, 1943

Bartel, Ewald* April 25th, 1910
† May 29th, 1986

Bartels, Hans-Werner* January 28th, 1910
† December 2nd, 1991

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Bartels, Heinrich "Heinz"* March 17th, 1918
† December 23rd, 1944

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Bartels, Robert* April 28th, 1911
† August 20th, 1943

Bartelt, Hermann* October 1st, 1896
† February 20th, 1944

Barten, Ernst* May 27th, 1913

Barten, Franz* January 26th, 1912
† August 4th, 1944

Barth, Eitel-Albert* December 7th, 1915
† May 4th, 2004

Barth, Erwin* 1914
† 2001

Barth, Joachim (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 13)* April 20th, 1913
† February 1st, 2002

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Barth, Otto* June 18th, 1891
† May 3rd, 1963

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Barth, Otto* July 12th, 1897
† February 20th, 1945

Barth, Siegfried* January 23rd, 1916
† December 19th, 1997

Barthle, Rudolf* May 5th, 1913
† July 20th, 1942

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Bartl, Leopold* March 31st, 1902
† April 4th, 1980

Bartsch, Kurt* November 29th, 1910
† February 12th, 1945

Basse, von, Hans-Dieter* June 16th, 1916
† April 16th, 1945

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Bassenge, Gerhard* November 18th, 1897
† March 13th, 1977

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Bassewitz-Levtzow, Graf von, Werner* June 7th, 1894
† August 20th, 1964

Bastian, Helmut (KM-Tboot)* November 17th, 1916
† March 7th, 1996

Bastico, Ettore* April 9th, 1876
† December 2nd, 1972

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Batz, Wilhelm "Willi"* May 21st, 1916
† September 11th, 1988

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Bauder, Karl* July 6th, 1914
† May 23rd, 1966

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Baudler, Kurt* December 16th, 1912
† December 4th, 2010

Bauer, Andreas* July 29th, 1911

Bauer, Gerhard* August 26th, 1916
† April 17th, 1945

Bauer, Herbert* April 16th, 1919
† March 24th, 1997

Bauer, Hermann (Infanterie-Regiment 419)* September 13th, 1914
† May 9th, 1997

Bauer, Joachim* March 25th, 1903
† April 24th, 1999

Bauer, Konrad "Pit"* February 9th, 1919
† June 17th, 1990

Bauer, Kurt* August 19th, 1920

Bauer, Michael* February 24th, 1895
† February 15th, 1943

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Bauer, Robert* March 27th, 1907
† April 18th, 1996

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Bauer, von, Georg-Alexander* August 22nd, 1918

Bauerle, Theodor* March 8th, 1916

Bauernfeind, Hans* January 18th, 1915

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Baum, Otto* November 15th, 1911
† June 18th, 1998

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Baumann, Kurt* October 18th, 1913

Baumann, Otto* January 13th, 1909

Baumann, Paul* July 4th, 1914
† February 7th, 1944

Baumgartl, Erich* October 24th, 1918
† July 12th, 1944
Plot: 3 Row: 15 Grave: 652

Baumgartner, Hans* December 21st, 1917

Baumgartner, Ottfried* December 26th, 1917

Baumunk, Georg* June 23rd, 1912

Baunach, Gregor* January 12th, 1911
† May 1st, 1945

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Baur, Eugen* July 21st, 1894
† May 10th, 1981

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Baurmeister, Hans-Joachim* October 28th, 1898
† February 12th, 1950

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Bausch, Albert* July 2nd, 1904
† August 29th, 1944

Bausch, Friedrich* August 6th, 1915
† April 21st, 1971

Bausch, Richard* August 10th, 1910
† March 22nd, 1974

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Bauschulte, Hubert* December 6th, 1914

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Bauss, Fritz* July 15th, 1911
† September 25th, 1942
Plot: 18 Row: 12 Grave: 751

Bayer, Franz* February 3rd, 1920
† April 28th, 2014

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Bayer, Hans* October 9th, 1915
† May 29th, 1974

Bayerlein, Fritz Hermann Michael* January 14th, 1899
† January 30th, 1970

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Becher, Kurt Andreas Ernst* September 12th, 1909
† August 8th, 1995

Bechler, Bernhard* February 9th, 1911
† November 30th, 2002

Bechler, Helmut* June 2nd, 1898
† January 9th, 1971

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Beck, Karl (WH-Grenadier/GR280)* September 20th, 1911
† January 17th, 1945

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Becke, Hans-Joachim* January 26th, 1915

Becker, Alfred* August 20th, 1899

Becker, Anton* May 30th, 1915
† August 13th, 1995

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