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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Jabs, Hans-Joachim* November 14th, 1917
† October 26th, 2003

Jacob, Eberhard* January 18th, 1917
† February 27th, 1982

Jacobi von Wangelin, Hans-Joachim* September 19th, 1914
† August 18th, 1942

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Jacobsen, Kurt* March 12th, 1912

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Jacoby, Josef* September 1st, 1920

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Jaeckel, Egbert* October 16th, 1919
† July 17th, 1943

Jaedtke, Alfred* December 31st, 1913
† June 6th, 1992

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Jaeger, Karl-Heinz* June 25th, 1914
† December 20th, 1992

Jaenecke, Erwin* April 22nd, 1890
† July 3rd, 1960

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Jakob, Franz* July 23rd, 1913

Jakob, Friedrich* March 18th, 1910
† September 9th, 1994

Jakob, Georg* March 27th, 1915
† September 1st, 1991

Jamrowski, Siegfried* November 1st, 1917
† September 3rd, 2012

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Jander, Arthur* November 14th, 1907
† April 28th, 1972

Janke, Fritz* January 13th, 1913

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Janke, Hans* January 26th, 1903
† May 10th, 1981

Janke, Karl* February 7th, 1912
† December 22nd, 1981

Jansa, Ernst* October 18th, 1899
† September 25th, 1974

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Jansen, Heinrich* August 22nd, 1910

Jansing, Heinrich* January 11th, 1915
† December 13th, 1995

Janssen, Ewald* October 11th, 1913
† 1985

Janums, Vilis* January 7th, 1894
† August 6th, 1981

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Jarosch, Alfred* October 10th, 1915
† August 30th, 2001

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Jaschinski, Erich* October 3rd, 1914
† August 1st, 1977

Jass, Georg* September 2nd, 1909
† January 6th, 1989

Jastram, Jürgen* February 1st, 1913
† April 25th, 1986

Jauer, Georg* June 25th, 1896
† August 5th, 1971

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Jauernik, Georg* November 23rd, 1915
† February 8th, 1945

Jauss, Hans-Robert* December 12th, 1921
† March 1st, 1997

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Jeckeln, Friedrich* February 2nd, 1895
† February 3rd, 1946

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Jeckstat, Erich* July 8th, 1919
† October 11th, 1958

Jedermann, Otto* October 24th, 1910
† June 12th, 1996

Jenne, Peter* June 5th, 1920
† March 2nd, 1945

Jennewein, Josef* November 21st, 1919
† July 26th, 1943

Jensen, Fredrik* March 25th, 1921
† July 31st, 2011

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Jensen, Karl* January 8th, 1915
† July 14th, 1943

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Jenster, Jakob* March 14th, 1917
† March 10th, 2009

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Jente, Heinz* January 13th, 1919
† October 9th, 1986

Jentsch, Woldemar* April 17th, 1914
† August 4th, 1942

Jeschan, Fritz* December 21st, 1916
† November 20th, 1973

Jescheck, Hans-Heinrich* January 10th, 1915
† September 27th, 2009

Jesser, von, Curt* November 4th, 1890
† August 17th, 1950

Jilek, Franz* May 25th, 1915
† March 24th, 2011

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Jira, Karl* July 17th, 1916

Jirkal, Eduard* October 6th, 1919
† March 31st, 1945

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Joachim, Georg* October 26th, 1919

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Jochems, Hermann* August 18th, 1914
† December 19th, 1972

Jochens, Werner* March 13th, 1903
† September 6th, 1989

Jochims, Hermann-Gustav* August 8th, 1909
† April 28th, 1945
Plot: N Row: 8 Grave: 49

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Jodl, Ferdinand Alfred Friedrich* November 28th, 1896
† June 9th, 1956

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Joerchel, Wolfgang* August 19th, 1907

Johannes, Bernhard* January 8th, 1920
† July 11th, 1944

Johannesson, Rolf* July 22nd, 1900
† December 6th, 1989

Johannsen, Hans* January 29th, 1913
† March 5th, 1961

Johanssen, Karl-Ludwig* May 15th, 1921
† August 11th, 2009

John, Dipl.-Ing., Friedrich-Wilhelm* September 19th, 1895
† August 4th, 1982

John, Richard (Generalleutnant)* June 21st, 1896
† February 20th, 1965

Johnen, Wilhelm "Wim"* October 9th, 1921
† February 7th, 2002

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Jolitz, Günter* August 13th, 1920
† February 12th, 1944

Jollasse, Erwin* December 8th, 1892
† March 14th, 1987

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Jonas, Kurt* June 17th, 1914

Jonischkeit, Hubert* March 20th, 1910
† September 18th, 1994

Jooß, Ludwig* October 1st, 1915
† October 2nd, 2002

Jope, Bernhard* May 10th, 1914
† July 31st, 1995

Jordan, Günther* March 7th, 1892

Jordan, Hans (WH-General der Infanterie)* December 27th, 1892
† April 20th, 1975

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Josel, Franz* August 20th, 1921

Josten, Günther* November 7th, 1921
† July 7th, 2004

Joswig, Wilhelm* February 2nd, 1912
† July 7th, 1989

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Juchem, Hans* June 4th, 1917
† August 13th, 1943

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Juditzki, Georg* October 24th, 1919
† July 1st, 2007

Juergens, Rolf* June 15th, 1916
† January 11th, 2013

Jung, Heinrich (Lw-Jagdgeschwader)* August 15th, 1912
† July 30th, 1943

Jung, Waldemar* July 30th, 1911
† May 8th, 2011

Jungclaussen, Heinz* March 7th, 1919
† December 26th, 1944

Junge, Wolf* January 5th, 1903

Jungfer, Josef* October 14th, 1919

Jungklaus, Siegfried* November 18th, 1914
† April 22nd, 1943

Jungwirt, Hans* May 5th, 1914
† November 23rd, 1977

Junkermann, Eberhard* September 7th, 1919

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Jürgens, Heinz* March 21st, 1917
† July 7th, 2008

Jürgens, Helmut* September 13th, 1919

Jürgensen, Arnold Bernhard* May 17th, 1910
† December 23rd, 1944
Plot: 13 Grave: 38

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Jürs, Ralf* May 7th, 1919
† October 23rd, 1972

Jüttner, Arthur* August 18th, 1908
† December 1st, 2003

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Jäckel, Karl* December 20th, 1913
† December 7th, 1984

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Jähnert, Erhard* August 17th, 1917
† July 23rd, 2006

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Jähnig, Erhart† December 5th, 1942

Jäkel, Adolf* February 11th, 1900
† March 17th, 1945

Jäkel, Hans* December 12th, 1924

Jänichen, Martin* September 24th, 1912

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Jäschke, Hans-Joachim* July 18th, 1921
† July 21st, 1944

Jödicke, Joachim* August 3rd, 1913
† January 31st, 1968

Jöres, Walter* August 4th, 1911

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