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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Haack, Werner* March 6th, 1894
† October 28th, 1944

Haacke, Paul* December 6th, 1914

Haag, Heinz* December 19th, 1918
† April 5th, 1994

Haas, Friedrich (WL-Jagdgeschwader 52)* January 20th, 1924
† April 9th, 1945

Haas, Josef* September 24th, 1897
† May 22nd, 1944

Haas, Robert* March 25th, 1914
† December 23rd, 1944

Haas, Walter* April 21st, 1914
† August 18th, 1944

Haas, Walter* April 21st, 1914
† August 18th, 1944

Haase, Horst (Lw-Jagdgeschwader)* May 22nd, 1921
† November 26th, 1944

Haberda, Helmut* February 3rd, 1922
† May 8th, 1943

Haberstroh, Fritz* May 17th, 1921
† February 14th, 2002

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Hachfeld, Wilhelm Helmut Axel* September 20th, 1914
† December 2nd, 1942

Hachtel, August* March 6th, 1916
† September 3rd, 1985

Hachtel, Georg* June 29th, 1894
† July 20th, 1943

Hack, Franz* February 3rd, 1915
† June 9th, 1997

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Hackl, Leopold* June 29th, 1916
† November 15th, 2010

Hackl, Martin* January 6th, 1920
† September 22nd, 2006

Hackl, Otto* August 29th, 1914
† July 21st, 1944
Plot: 15 Grave: 80

Hackler, Heinrich* December 14th, 1918
† December 31st, 1944

Hadeball, Heinz-Martin* April 22nd, 1921
† January 13th, 1996

Hadeln, von, Dr. phil., Hajo* March 6th, 1910
† January 12th, 1943

Haderecker, Hermann* April 27th, 1915
† August 5th, 2001

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Haedge, Karl-Ludwig* July 14th, 1923

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Haehling, Kurt* November 7th, 1897
† May 20th, 1983

Haen, Rudolf Melchior Arthur Maria* March 12th, 1915
† May 9th, 1945

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Haenschke, Wilhelm* December 13th, 1891
† February 23rd, 1960

Haeuseler, Helmut* January 29th, 1916
† February 25th, 1945

Hafen, Heinz* April 18th, 1917

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Hafner, Anton* June 2nd, 1918
† October 17th, 1944

Hagedorn, Willy* October 12th, 1919

Hagena, Gottfried* August 31st, 1912
† June 11th, 2014

Hagenah, Walter* October 5th, 1919
† March 18th, 2013

Hager, Johannes* August 16th, 1920
† September 2nd, 1993

Hager, Karl (Lw-Sturzkampfgeschwader)* July 20th, 1919
† February 4th, 1944

Hahl, Fritz* December 25th, 1922

Hahlbohm, Adolf† February 13th, 1945

Hahm, Konstantin* July 21st, 1912
† February 26th, 1952

Hahn, Fritz (Aufklärungsgruppe 13)* November 24th, 1919
† February 11th, 1944

Hahn, Hans "Assi"* April 14th, 1914
† December 18th, 1982

Hahn, Hermann* April 22nd, 1918
† October 16th, 1991

Hahn, Walter* April 11th, 1914
† January 31st, 2002

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Hahne, Hans (Grenadier-Regiment 507)* November 30th, 1894
† June 24th, 1944

Haiböck, Josef* February 28th, 1917
† July 3rd, 2002

Haidle, Paul* August 25th, 1919
† November 26th, 1999

Hainle, Walter* June 3rd, 1915
† January 1st, 1995

Hake, von, Friedrich-Erdmann* August 14th, 1898
† March 22nd, 1982

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Haker, Theodor "Bubi"* December 29th, 1920
† July 28th, 1944

Halbrock, Friedrich-Ernst* February 17th, 1917

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Halder, Gustav* October 27th, 1917
† 2009

Haldimann, August* February 17th, 1919

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Hallensleben, Rudolf* June 2nd, 1916
† April 19th, 1945

Hamacher, Adolf* February 9th, 1913
† April 27th, 1944

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Hamberger, Karl* April 5th, 1917
† January 1945

Hamer, Reino* August 29th, 1916
† July 24th, 1992

Hamester, Bernhard* October 21st, 1913
† April 22nd, 1945

Hammer, Ludwig* May 25th, 1914
† December 31st, 1994

Hammerl, Karl* August 15th, 1918
† March 2nd, 1943

Hammermann, Heinrich* July 1st, 1916

Hammes, Josef* 1914
† January 31st, 1945

Hampe, Herbert* October 10th, 1913
† September 13th, 1999

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Handke, Erich* November 2nd, 1920
† November 11th, 1987

Handrick, Gotthardt* October 25th, 1908
† May 30th, 1978

Hanff, Herbert* February 22nd, 1913

Hankamer, Wolfgang* July 8th, 1920
† January 14th, 1945

Hanke, Georg* December 11th, 1914
† March 16th, 1993

Hanke, Hans* March 13th, 1912
† August 13th, 1981

Hanke, Wilhelm* August 7th, 1912

Hannak, Günther* December 12th, 1921
† August 25th, 1995

Hannappel, Hans* December 29th, 1912
† August 26th, 1943

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Hanne, Erich* March 19th, 1920
† September 5th, 1942

Hanneken, von, Hermann* January 5th, 1890
† July 22nd, 1981

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Hannig, Horst* November 13th, 1921
† May 15th, 1943

Hansen, Christian* April 10th, 1885
† August 7th, 1972

Hansen, Max* July 31st, 1908
† March 7th, 1990

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Hansen, Walter* June 8th, 1895
† January 2nd, 1969

Hanssum, Otto* July 26th, 1915
† July 1st, 1942

Hanstein, Freiherr von, Jobst* November 11th, 1896
† October 13th, 1962

Hantel, Ernst* May 11th, 1916
† August 5th, 2003

Happe, Ludwig Hans Hermann* July 3rd, 1913
† January 1st, 1995

Harang, Jürgen* August 30th, 1919
† January 20th, 1945

Harder, Jürgen Hans Eberhard* June 13th, 1918
† February 17th, 1945
Plot: 10 Row: 6 Grave: 6

Harder, von, Ernst* January 4th, 1910

Hardt, Gerhard-Engelbert* February 3rd, 1918
† 1993

Harmel, Heinz* June 29th, 1906
† September 2nd, 2000

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Harnack, Martin* February 28th, 1921
† June 3rd, 1984

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Harpe, Josef* September 21st, 1887
† March 14th, 1968

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Harpe, von, Richard* August 19th, 1917
† March 2nd, 1945

Harries, Friedrich* January 15th, 1908
† July 17th, 1970

Harster, Dr. jur., Wilhelm* July 21st, 1904
† December 25th, 1991

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Hart, Rolf* April 13th, 1921
† March 9th, 1943

Hartenstein, Werner* February 27th, 1908
† March 8th, 1943

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Harthan, Lorenz* January 4th, 1913
† January 7th, 1976

Hartl, Ludwig* October 27th, 1912
† October 16th, 1943

Hartling, Theodor* September 17th, 1918
† May 14th, 2008