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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Gaasch, Kurt* January 17th, 1909

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Gabcke, Otto* November 20th, 1882
† March 22nd, 1942

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Gabriel, Herbert* May 8th, 1921
† July 4th, 1942

Gadermann, Ernst* December 25th, 1913
† November 26th, 1973

Gadow, Hans-Joachim* September 6th, 1898
† August 4th, 1978

Gaedcke, Heinrich* January 16th, 1895
† December 21st, 1992

Gaede, Gerhard* September 3rd, 1912

Gaenshirt, Hans* July 30th, 1923
† December 22nd, 2010

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Gahno, Willi* October 4th, 1913
† February 17th, 1944

Gaiser, Otto* October 5th, 1919
† January 22nd, 1944

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Gaitars, Rudolfs* May 29th, 1907
† March 22nd, 1945

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Galdins, Nikoljas* October 9th, 1902
† October 5th, 1945

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Gall, Freiherr von, Waldemar* March 15th, 1906
† January 27th, 1965

Galland, Wilhelm-Ferdinand "Wutz"* October 23rd, 1914
† August 17th, 1943
Plot: 21 Grave: 290

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Gallas, Paul* January 25th, 1885
† September 18th, 1944

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Gamer, Berthold* March 27th, 1914
† October 29th, 1966

Gampe, Karl* September 26th, 1915

Gampert, Arthur* October 30th, 1898

Gamringer, Johann* 1913
† 1982

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Gangl, Josef "Sepp"* September 12th, 1910
† May 5th, 1945

Gapp, Franz* July 8th, 1919
† September 8th, 2015

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Garbe, Herbert* September 9th, 1918

García Navarro, Antonio* 1890
† August 26th, 1985

Gareis, Martin* October 6th, 1891
† February 26th, 1976

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Gareis, Wilhelm* April 11th, 1888
† December 18th, 1943

Garms, Lars, Christian, Fritz, Eilhard* March 12th, 1918
† April 1943

Garnier-Turawa, Graf von, Detlev* September 24th, 1906
† June 27th, 1944

Gartenfeld, Karl-Edmund* July 27th, 1899
† January 4th, 1955

Gartmayr, Georg* November 30th, 1906
† October 4th, 1980

Garvs, Richard* January 7th, 1911

Gaschler, Ernst* October 9th, 1918
† October 23rd, 1944

Gast, Erwin* 1905
† March 1945

Gastager, Roman* July 31st, 1918
† May 10th, 2009

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Gasterstädt, Klaus* June 2nd, 1919

Gathmann, Wilhelm* August 29th, 1916

Gaudecker-Zuch, von, Gerlach* March 24th, 1909
† March 11th, 1970

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Gaudlitz, Fritz Adalbert* June 30th, 1903
† August 2nd, 1941

Gauglitz, Josef* September 3rd, 1918
† February 4th, 1988

Gaupp-Berghausen, Reichsfreiherr von, Georg* January 12th, 1918
† March 23rd, 1985

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Gauß, Jürgen* March 18th, 1918
† September 4th, 1996

Gazen genannt von Gaza, von, Waldemar* December 6th, 1917
† January 13th, 2014

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Gaßmann, Peter* December 4th, 1910
† September 6th, 1965

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Gebhardt, Georg* April 29th, 1901
† July 7th, 1975

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Gebhardt, Karl* January 16th, 1917

Gebhardt, Rolf* September 9th, 1915
† October 20th, 2010

Gebsattel, Freiherr von, Franz* June 9th, 1889
† October 13th, 1945

Gedult von Jungenfeld, Freiherr, Wilhelm-Ernst* March 7th, 1893
† February 9th, 1966

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Gefeller, Heinz* June 11th, 1911

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Gehl, Friedrich* December 30th, 1914
† March 7th, 1987

Gehring, Oskar* March 5th, 1912
† October 4th, 1943

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Gehrke, Kurt* January 13th, 1903
† October 24th, 1944

Gehrmann, Johannes, 'Hannes'* November 19th, 1920
† January 27th, 1944

Gehrmann, Kuno* May 13th, 1915
† April 22nd, 1943

Geick, Alfred† February 29th, 1968

Geier, Franz Xaver* August 29th, 1914
† September 19th, 1944

Geiger, August* May 6th, 1920
† September 29th, 1943
Plot: M Row: 4 Grave: 83

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Geiger, Rudolf* November 19th, 1891
† January 14th, 1972

Geisen, Josef* August 2nd, 1923
† August 18th, 1944

Geisendorf, Fritz-Adolf* December 7th, 1909

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Geisendorfer, Gilbert* August 26th, 1921
† March 8th, 2017

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Geisler, Hans-Ferdinand* April 19th, 1891
† June 25th, 1966

Geisler, Herbert (LW-Kampfgeschwader)* October 26th, 1912
† April 12th, 1995

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Geisler, Rudolf* March 29th, 1911
† April 13th, 1944

Geisler, Siegfried* January 29th, 1912
† August 1st, 2003

Geismann, Johannes "Hans"* June 20th, 1920
† August 15th, 1994

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Geitner, Herbert* January 25th, 1888
† January 22nd, 1942

Geißhardt, Friedrich "Fritz"* January 22nd, 1919
† April 6th, 1943
Plot: 32 Row: 8 Grave: 304

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Geißler, Helmut* July 4th, 1906
† December 15th, 1943

Gekle, Clemens Maria Benno* March 4th, 1915
† September 5th, 1999

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Gelfert, Horst* March 3rd, 1915
† January 31st, 1945

Gellert, Christian* March 6th, 1921
† August 22nd, 1983

Gellhorn, Roland* April 16th, 1916
† April 22nd, 1945

Geltinger, Dionys* September 30th, 1907
† March 28th, 1977

Gemsjäger, Alfred* January 7th, 1915
† September 2nd, 1944
Plot: 8 Grave: 874

Genal, Kurt* 1918
† April 13th, 1943
Plot: 16 Grave: 602

Geng, Volkmar† January 30th, 1943

Gennerich, Max* February 24th, 1913
† July 30th, 1990

Genrich, Oskar* September 18th, 1919
† January 10th, 1943

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Genzel, Karl-Heinz* December 22nd, 1920
† April 16th, 2004

Gerbel, Anton* November 7th, 1920
† April 1st, 1944

Gerber, Kurt* January 10th, 1913

Gerhardt, Rudolf* March 26th, 1896
† November 10th, 1964

Gericke, Walter* December 23rd, 1907
† October 19th, 1991

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Gerke, Siegfried* April 30th, 1917
† October 9th, 1998

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Gerlach, Adolf* January 15th, 1894
† May 14th, 1953

Gerlach, Clemens* June 30th, 1916

Gerlach, Gustav* March 5th, 1905
† April 12th, 1944

Gerlach, Heinrich (8. Zerstörerflottille)* August 31st, 1906
† June 27th, 1988

Gerlach, Horst* August 11th, 1900

Gerlach, Jürgen* September 1st, 1912
† October 13th, 1983

Gerlach, Karl (WH-Pz.Rgt. 35)* August 5th, 1914
† March 19th, 1991

Gerling, Theodor* January 16th, 1916
† August 20th, 2009

Germer, Ernst* December 15th, 1917
† October 13th, 1990

Gernandt, Jakob* July 9th, 1911

Gernt, Theo* March 8th, 1923
† January 1st, 2004

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Gersdorff, von, Curt-Ulrich* December 17th, 1902
† July 2nd, 1968

Gerstmeier, Heinz* April 29th, 1917

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Gerstner, Siegfried* November 16th, 1916

Gerth, Werner* May 10th, 1923
† November 2nd, 1944

Gessler, Kurt* August 16th, 1907

Gey, Joachim* March 11th, 1916
† December 26th, 1989

Geyer, Heinrich (WH-Grenadier)* May 12th, 1911
† October 7th, 1944

Geyer, Horst* March 12th, 1913
† November 8th, 1996

Geyer, Rolf* November 10th, 1910

Geyso, von, Eckhard* May 25th, 1891
† July 16th, 1982

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Gheorghiu, Ermil* February 13th, 1896
† January 14th, 1977

Giehrl, Walter* April 1st, 1916
† November 23rd, 1944

Giele, Max* January 1st, 1908

Gierend, Oswald† November 24th, 1943

Gierga, Kurt* March 3rd, 1909
† June 25th, 1961

Gierhardt, Heinrich* October 22nd, 1918
† October 30th, 1996

Gies, Alfred* April 7th, 1912
† May 21st, 1993

Giese, Gerhard* February 11th, 1908

Giese, Horst* 1911
† July 13th, 1977

Gieseke, Otto* March 24th, 1891
† February 26th, 1968

Giesen, Gerhard* January 29th, 1890
† February 5th, 1945

Giessler, Helmuth* August 23rd, 1899

Gilbert, Kurt* December 20th, 1913
† July 2008

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Gilbert, Wilhelm* April 10th, 1924

Gildner, Paul* February 1st, 1914
† February 24th, 1943
Plot: M Row: 4 Grave: 81

Gille, Herbert Otto* March 8th, 1897
† December 26th, 1966

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Gilow, Peter-Eckhardt Arno Hermann* March 13th, 1918
† November 8th, 1992

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Gimpel, Blasius* November 2nd, 1912

Girsig, Walter* September 15th, 1912
† September 4th, 1944

Gittner, Johannes* August 9th, 1897
† May 15th, 1974

Glaesemer, Wolfgang* March 14th, 1899
† April 10th, 1999

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