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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Laabs, Herbert (WH-Infanterie-Regiment 478)* November 18th, 1905
† July 1944

Laatikainen, Taavetti* July 27th, 1886
† April 15th, 1954

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Labeda, Albert* January 2nd, 1922
† November 7th, 2009

Labenski, Helmut* September 30th, 1912
† March 22nd, 1976

Lachner, Adolf* March 8th, 1921

Laegeler, Hellmuth* January 22nd, 1902
† July 13th, 1972

Lagoda, Max* January 23rd, 1920
† April 1st, 2016

Lagois, Ehrenfried* May 23rd, 1915
† April 15th, 1944

Laier, Gustav* December 3rd, 1915
† February 26th, 1979

Lambach, Helmut* January 14th, 1918
† June 29th, 2000

Lambert, August* February 18th, 1916
† April 17th, 1945

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Lamby, Hermann* December 30th, 1913
† May 18th, 1998

Lamey, Hubert* October 30th, 1896
† April 7th, 1981

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Lammerding, Heinz* August 27th, 1905
† January 13th, 1971

Lammers, Karl* October 26th, 1919

Lampe, Hermann* January 11th, 1891
† April 20th, 1982

Lampe, Theodor* October 19th, 1913

Lampmann, Rolf* August 11th, 1918

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Landau, Christian* October 13th, 1897
† December 10th, 1952

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Landerer, Eugen* January 31st, 1914

Landsmann, Alois* June 7th, 1915
† November 28th, 1944
Plot: 11 Grave: 133

Lang, Emil* January 14th, 1909
† September 3rd, 1944

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Lang, Friedrich (LW-Flieger)* January 12th, 1915
† December 29th, 2003

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Lang, Georg (Aufklärungsgruppe 12)* December 27th, 1912
† March 15th, 1960

Lang, Hermann (Wh-Aufklärungs-Abteilung)* December 23rd, 1915
† September 18th, 1990

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Lang, Joachim-Friedrich "Fritz"* September 14th, 1899
† April 16th, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: B 

Lang, Matthäus "Mathias"* March 14th, 1920
† April 18th, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: 46 Grave: 25

Lang, Viktor* December 12th, 1892
† February 19th, 1972

Langbehn, Joachim* November 8th, 1910
† November 25th, 1942

Lange, August* February 28th, 1909

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Lange, Dr., Walter* July 14th, 1898
† October 30th, 1982

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Lange, Erwin* March 19th, 1913
† May 18th, 1945

Lange, Erwin* March 19th, 1913
† May 18th, 1945

Lange, Gerhard (Panzer-Regiment 35)* July 14th, 1916
† April 10th, 1996

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Lange, Hans-Günther* September 28th, 1916
† April 3rd, 2014

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Lange, Heinz (LW-Flieger)* October 2nd, 1917
† February 26th, 2006

Lange, Karl-Heinz* February 10th, 1918
† August 25th, 1944

Lange, Karl-Heinz* February 10th, 1918
† August 25th, 1944

Lange, Kurt* August 12th, 1903
† 1995

Lange, Kurt* August 12th, 1903
† 1995

Lange, Werner* October 31st, 1917

Lange, Werner (Kommandierender Admiral Ägäis)* July 18th, 1893
† November 19th, 1965

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Langemeyer, Carl* August 6th, 1907
† July 25th, 1982

Langendorf, Georg* July 28th, 1920
† January 28th, 1999

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Langenn-Steinkeller, von, Ernst-Hasse* December 7th, 1916
† September 5th, 2004

Langenstraß, Ernst-Friedrich* January 16th, 1914
† September 22nd, 2010

Langer, Karl-Heinz (Jagdgeschwader 3)* April 19th, 1914
† May 6th, 1955

Langesee, Hans* April 4th, 1908
† February 9th, 1973

Langesee, Karl* September 18th, 1910
† March 4th, 1989

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Langheld, Georg* February 3rd, 1905

Langkeit, Willy* June 2nd, 1907
† October 27th, 1969

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Langkopf, Paul* July 7th, 1915
† November 6th, 1961

Langmaier, Matthias* March 30th, 1910
† January 31st, 1972

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Larbig, Heinz* July 1st, 1914

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Larisch, von, Heribert* July 18th, 1894
† May 16th, 1972

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Laskowski, Erwin* May 27th, 1914
† October 13th, 1983

Lass, Hans* September 3rd, 1917

Laszakovits, Franz* May 24th, 1919
† August 5th, 1944
Plot: 2 Row: 11 Grave: 533

Latz, Albert-Rudolf* June 4th, 1896
† November 6th, 1943

Lau, Fritz* September 23rd, 1911
† January 1st, 2003

Lau, Kurt* April 12th, 1916
† April 30th, 1993

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Laubner, Gotthard* September 7th, 1922

Lauchert, von, Meinrad* August 29th, 1905
† December 4th, 1987

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Lauchstädt, Edmund* April 12th, 1924

Lauermann, Alfred* May 2nd, 1915

Launer, Kurt* September 19th, 1906
† February 5th, 1990

Laupenmühlen, Oskar* February 26th, 1906
† September 23rd, 2000

Lautenschlager, Anselm* March 10th, 1888
† March 18th, 1958

Lautz, Friedrich* December 16th, 1910
† May 25th, 2001

Lawall, Dr. jur., Erich* June 28th, 1899
† September 17th, 1973

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Laßka, Gustav* September 18th, 1898
† December 2nd, 1992

Le Suire, von, Karl Hans Maximilian* November 8th, 1898
† June 18th, 1954

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Le Tanneux von Saint Paul, Dietrich* 1911
† October 11th, 2000

Le Tanneux von Saint Paul, Guy-Bernhard* December 15th, 1916
† February 2nd, 1943

Le Tanneux von Saint Paul, Harry* November 24th, 1914
† August 19th, 1942

Lebek, Richard* January 11th, 1920

Lechner, Friedrich* February 9th, 1904
† April 10th, 1945
Grave: 659

Lechtenbörger, Dipl.Ing., Willi* February 2nd, 1914
† August 27th, 1943

Ledebur, Freiherr von, Hans-Jürgen* July 27th, 1903
† June 1st, 1983

Lederer, Johann† April 13th, 1945

Leesmann, Karl-Heinz* May 3rd, 1915
† July 25th, 1943

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Lehmann, Curt* July 12th, 1898

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Lehmann, Franz (KM-Uboot)* March 30th, 1914

Lehmann, Hans (Kriegsmarine)* September 24th, 1915
† November 25th, 1981

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Lehmann, Paul (Flak-Regiment 24)* August 19th, 1912
† June 2nd, 1982

Lehmann, Paul-Hugo* October 11th, 1886
† April 8th, 1972

Lehmann, Rudolf (Waffen-SS)* January 30th, 1914
† September 17th, 1983

Lehmann, Waldemar* April 29th, 1913
† June 7th, 1997

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Lehner, Martin† March 19th, 1944

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Lehnert, Willy* March 9th, 1916
† July 10th, 1975

Lehnhoff, Erich* September 16th, 1909

Lehrig, Herbert* December 2nd, 1915
† July 14th, 1991

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Lehweß-Litzmann, Walter* June 5th, 1907
† September 16th, 1986

Leicht, Helmut* November 2nd, 1916
† June 26th, 1944

Leidreiter, Hans-Martin* September 14th, 1920
† April 6th, 2007

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Leie, Erich* September 10th, 1916
† March 7th, 1945

Leigh, Hermann* November 26th, 1911
† January 29th, 1945

Leikam, Friedrich* January 17th, 1913

Leinemann, Heinrich* May 12th, 1915

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Leingärtner, Ludwig* December 22nd, 1919
† April 11th, 1944

Leistner, Armin* May 2nd, 1904
† December 4th, 1981

Leitl, Alfred* January 14th, 1915
† March 16th, 1998

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Lembke, Armin* March 10th, 1913
† February 13th, 1991

Lembke, Wilhelm-Max* April 13th, 1915
† September 4th, 1944

Lemcke, Gerhard* January 23rd, 1913
† May 19th, 2004

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Lemelsen, Joachim Hermann August* September 26th, 1888
† March 30th, 1954

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Lemke, Max* April 7th, 1895
† May 29th, 1985

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Lemke, Siegfried* April 7th, 1921
† December 18th, 1995

Lemm, Heinz-Georg "Hein Lemm"* June 1st, 1919
† November 17th, 1994

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Lemp, Hermann* July 20th, 1914
† November 9th, 1943

Lenberger, Otto* March 10th, 1915

Lenski, von, Arno Ernst Max* July 20th, 1893
† October 4th, 1986

Lent, Helmuth* June 13th, 1918
† October 7th, 1944

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