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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Daeschler, Robert* October 29th, 1914

Dahl, Walther* March 17th, 1916
† November 25th, 1985

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Dahle, Hermann* April 7th, 1914
† December 27th, 1944

Dahlen, von, Heinrich* December 21st, 1922

Dahlke, Gerhard* July 2nd, 1914

Dahlmann, Kurt* March 4th, 1918
† August 29th, 2017

Dahms, Paul* May 28th, 1913
† March 19th, 1988

Dallmann, Werner* April 7th, 1924
† February 1945

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Dambeck, Johannes* May 7th, 1918

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Damerau-Dambrowski, von der, Joachim* August 7th, 1896
† July 22nd, 1943

Damm, Gustav* November 15th, 1890

Damm, Wilhelm* March 11th, 1915

Dammaß, Günther* August 22nd, 1896
† August 24th, 1983

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Dammeier, Heinrich* February 9th, 1914
† May 16th, 2001

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Dammers, Hans* December 8th, 1913
† March 17th, 1944

Damsch, Werner* July 22nd, 1918
† November 7th, 1994

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Danhauser, Paul* August 2nd, 1892
† December 11th, 1975

Daniel, Karl* June 26th, 1916
† August 29th, 1995

Daniel, Richard* December 24th, 1900
† May 4th, 1986

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Daniels, Edler von, Alexander* March 17th, 1891
† January 6th, 1960

Dannapfel, Heinz* January 25th, 1917

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Danowski, Franz* February 18th, 1917
† October 10th, 1944

Dantzer, Herbert* December 12th, 1902

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Darsow, Lothar* October 15th, 1921
† April 24th, 1944

Dasecke, Rolf* December 17th, 1919
† August 23rd, 2006

Daser, Edmund* October 1st, 1908
† September 6th, 1974

Dassow, Rudolf* January 23rd, 1920
† August 25th, 1944

Datz, Arnulf* June 8th, 1919
† January 31st, 1943

Daub, Egon† May 10th, 2008

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Daubert, Dr. jur., Henning* May 31st, 1900
† November 1st, 1980

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Dauner, Nikolaus "Klaus"* March 3rd, 1902
† December 20th, 1966

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Dauter, Helmut* August 9th, 1919
† April 30th, 1987

Davidson, von, Hans* September 4th, 1904
† December 17th, 2002

Dawans, Ritter und Edler von, Sigismund-Hellmuth* September 23rd, 1899
† June 10th, 1944
Plot: 30 Grave: 399

Dawedeit, Herbert* May 20th, 1914
† August 3rd, 1999

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Deboi, Heinrich Anton* April 6th, 1893
† July 5th, 1955

Debschitz, von, Attila Rüdiger Franz Paul Ernst* November 9th, 1920
† February 15th, 2019

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Debus, Heinrich* June 30th, 1921
† March 5th, 1996

Debus, Otto* August 21st, 1914
† October 14th, 2000

Decker, Karl* November 30th, 1897
† April 21st, 1945

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Decker, Paul* January 16th, 1919

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Deckert, Hans-Joachim* October 29th, 1904
† March 5th, 1988

Deckert, Horst* October 11th, 1918
† April 12th, 1988

Dedens, Helmut* March 5th, 1922

Dederichs, Bruno* April 9th, 1911
† July 8th, 1949

Deecke, Joachim* June 29th, 1912
† October 31st, 1943

Deeg, Dr., Emil* July 28th, 1905

Degel, Franz* August 7th, 1920
† June 10th, 1946

Degen, Hans* February 18th, 1899
† November 18th, 1971

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Degener-Böning, Karl* March 28th, 1919

Degrelle, Leon Marie Joseph Ignace* June 15th, 1906
† March 31st, 1994

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Dehio, Udo-Walter* November 8th, 1911
† February 12th, 1944

Deichen, Charly "Kurt"* April 20th, 1914
† February 27th, 1969

Deichmann, Paul* August 27th, 1898
† January 10th, 1981

Dein, Georg† October 7th, 1943

Deisenhofer, Eduard* June 27th, 1909
† January 31st, 1945

Deiters, Bernhard* February 7th, 1922
† October 21st, 1944
Plot: 28 Grave: 79

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Delica, Egon* January 4th, 1915
† April 26th, 1999

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Delp, Gustav* September 30th, 1920
† April 27th, 1944
Plot: 3 Row: 3 Grave: 79

Demme, Rudolf* June 3rd, 1894
† January 5th, 1975

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Dempke, August* December 11th, 1915
† March 1st, 1945

Denk, Franz* October 11th, 1898
† July 30th, 1975

Denk, Gustav* January 24th, 1915
† February 13th, 1943

Denkert, Walter* February 23rd, 1897
† July 9th, 1982

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Denkner, Paul* July 11th, 1919
† November 20th, 1943

Dennhardt, Oskar-Hubert* June 30th, 1915
† June 19th, 2014

Denzinger, Franz (Artillerie-Regiment z.b.V. 553)* August 16th, 1895
† March 10th, 1974

Deppe, Ernst-August* February 28th, 1916

Deppe, Hans-Werner* March 21st, 1921
† December 30th, 2009

Dereschewitz, Ernst* February 9th, 1906
† March 18th, 1945

Dern, Hans-Theodor* May 12th, 1922

Derzmann, Otto* August 31st, 1914
† October 18th, 1944

Detambel, Josef* October 22nd, 1914

Dethleffsen, Erich* August 2nd, 1904
† July 4th, 1980

Dettke, Oskar* January 1st, 1913
† March 17th, 1967

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Dettling, Augustin* August 7th, 1893
† May 6th, 1980

Dettmar, Karl* July 25th, 1899

Deutsch, Ernst* July 5th, 1906

Deutsch, Friedrich Gotthard Emil Egon* February 19th, 1892
† March 2nd, 1944

Deutschmann, Siegfried* December 28th, 1912
† September 15th, 1986

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Dewitz genannt von Krebs, von, Stanislaus* March 21st, 1892
† September 1948

Dewitz, Kuno* October 17th, 1897
† January 3rd, 1960

Deyhle, WIlhelm "Willy"* July 18th, 1903
† July 5th, 1944

Dichler, Alfred† July 31st, 1944

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Dickerhof, Karl* December 26th, 1915
† September 21st, 1943

Dickfeld, Adolf* February 20th, 1910
† May 17th, 2009

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Dickoré, Gert* December 19th, 1916

Dieck, Hanns-Günther† December 19th, 1943

Dieckmann, August (Waffen-SS)* May 29th, 1912
† October 10th, 1943

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Diederichs, Karl* March 19th, 1892
† May 25th, 1959

Diederichsen, Jürgen* November 25th, 1910
† January 30th, 1943

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Diefenthal, Josef* October 5th, 1915
† April 13th, 2001

Diekjobst, Heinrich* August 29th, 1915
† July 15th, 1987

Diekmann, Fritz* June 15th, 1897

Diekwisch, Erwin-Peter* August 12th, 1920
† August 20th, 2013

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Diepold, Max* February 1st, 1921
† August 18th, 2001

Diercks, Rolf† February 16th, 2012

Diergarten, Hans* April 5th, 1913
† August 21st, 1944

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Dierksen, Reiner* March 24th, 1908
† May 15th, 1943

Diesener, Joachim* February 20th, 1918
† March 9th, 1994

Diesinger, Albert* January 29th, 1920
† June 25th, 1944

Diest-Körber, von, Ernst-Nordewin* February 13th, 1912
† September 10th, 2003

Diestel, Erich* November 8th, 1892
† August 3rd, 1973

Dietel, Gerhard* October 14th, 1920
† February 9th, 1942

Dieterichs, August* June 29th, 1903

Dietrich, Gerhard* April 30th, 1917
† August 10th, 1982

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Dietrich, Johann* August 5th, 1911
† April 2nd, 1943

Dietrich, Karl-Heinz* June 15th, 1915
† March 22nd, 1983

Dietrich, Kurt* March 16th, 1898

Dietrich, Wilhelm* November 17th, 1912
† March 12th, 1944

Dietrich, Willi* August 12th, 1914

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Dietz, Oskar† March 27th, 1944

Dietz, Valentin* November 12th, 1912
† July 6th, 1989

Dietzsch, Lothar* September 3rd, 1919

Digeon von Monteton, Baron, Albrecht* December 8th, 1887
† February 3rd, 1946

Digeon von Monteton, Baron, Constantin* February 28th, 1886
† June 27th, 1944

Dill, Valerian* March 27th, 1916
† March 12th, 2002

Dilley, Bruno* August 29th, 1913
† August 31st, 1968

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Dinger, Fritz* August 20th, 1915
† July 27th, 1943

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Dinkelaker, Ulrich* November 1st, 1904
† October 17th, 1997

Dinsch, Ernst* December 18th, 1914
† February 24th, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: 13 Grave: 493

Dipberger, Wilhelm* May 30th, 1918
† September 10th, 2005

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Dirlewanger, Oskar* September 26th, 1895
† June 7th, 1945

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Ditter, Hans* January 31st, 1917
† January 29th, 2011

Dittfeld, Johannes* September 18th, 1907
† September 12th, 1944

Dittlof, Heinrich* August 14th, 1916
† February 20th, 1945

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Dittmar, Kurt* January 5th, 1891
† April 26th, 1959

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