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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Maar, Richard* October 4th, 1917
† April 29th, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: 1 Grave: 23

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Maaser, Herbert* November 15th, 1910

Machek, Ludwig* January 4th, 1921
† September 3rd, 1995

Macher, Heinz* December 31st, 1919
† December 21st, 2001

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Macher, Robert* November 18th, 1902
† 1949

Macholz, Siegfried* September 20th, 1890
† May 25th, 1975

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Mader, Anton* January 7th, 1913
† February 19th, 1984

Mader, Franz* January 28th, 1912
† October 24th, 1988

Mader, Otto (Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 27)* December 17th, 1920
† December 21st, 1943
Plot: 12 Row: 27 Grave: 1898

Maempel, Rolf* May 23rd, 1895
† February 15th, 1955

Maetzel, Heinz* July 2nd, 1915
† January 8th, 1977

Mager, Rolf* December 1st, 1917
† January 1st, 1945
Plot: D Row: 9 Grave: 174

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Magg, Alois* December 24th, 1914
† October 22nd, 2001

Magold, Hanns* November 16th, 1918
† September 15th, 1944

Mahlke, Helmut* August 27th, 1913
† December 26th, 1998

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Mahlmann, Paul* December 10th, 1892
† March 19th, 1963

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Mahn, Friedrich-Karl* November 21st, 1915
† May 17th, 1981

Mahn, Gerhard* February 19th, 1913

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Mahncke, Alfred* March 18th, 1888
† January 12th, 1979

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Mahnke, Willi* October 19th, 1919

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Mahrholz, Hans-Gert* October 10th, 1918
† February 13th, 2012

Mahrle, Sebastian* February 24th, 1902

Maier, August* September 12th, 1914
† February 10th, 1991

Maier, Kurt* January 21st, 1911
† February 11th, 1952

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Maierhofer, Franz* December 21st, 1897
† August 22nd, 1943

Maisenbacher, Eugen* November 20th, 1914
† August 19th, 1990

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Makus, Erich* April 21st, 1916

Malapert, Freiherr von, Robert-Georg* August 7th, 1912
† May 21st, 1942

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Maldinger, Heinz* June 21st, 1921
† 2005

Malkomes, Hans* November 15th, 1913
† March 21st, 1945
Plot: 10 Row: 2 Grave: 1581

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Mallison, Dr., Robert* May 24th, 1913

Mallmann, Luitwin* September 30th, 1914
† February 8th, 1990

Mallo, Hermann* February 12th, 1911
† March 22nd, 1945

Maltrovsky, Martin* March 8th, 1920

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Maltzahn, Freiherr von, Falk-Eberhard* June 9th, 1920
† August 6th, 1994

Maltzahn, Freiherr von, Günther* October 20th, 1910
† June 24th, 1953

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Maluck, Gerhard* March 21st, 1914

Mandelsloh, von, Karl-Heinz* March 20th, 1899
† September 22nd, 1943
Plot: 29 Grave: 81

Manitz, Hans-Horst* March 12th, 1906
† August 18th, 1989

Mannesmann, Gert Fritjof* October 14th, 1910
† April 8th, 1945

Mantel, Gerhard* August 2nd, 1914
† July 13th, 2010

Mantwitz, Walter* February 17th, 1917

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Marbach, Paul* December 15th, 1894
† December 14th, 1987

Marcks, Werner* July 17th, 1896
† July 28th, 1967

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Marienfeld, Werner (Walter?)* August 10th, 1904
† October 23rd, 1944

Maringgele, Hermann* November 29th, 1911
† July 21st, 2000

Markert, Anton* April 8th, 1909

Markert, Arthur* September 9th, 1904
† December 1993

Markowsky, Joachim* May 2nd, 1913

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Marl, Peter* December 30th, 1919

Marquardt, Heinz* December 29th, 1922
† December 19th, 2003

Marquardt, Hugo* April 19th, 1916

Marquart, Rolf* July 9th, 1914

Marreck, Günther* July 22nd, 1914
† December 23rd, 2002

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Marschall, Wilhelm* September 30th, 1886
† March 20th, 1976
Plot: A 

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Marseille, Hans-Joachim "Jochen"* December 13th, 1919
† September 30th, 1942
Grave: 4133

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Martens, Alfred* October 21st, 1910
† August 20th, 1944

Martin, Wolfgang* September 11th, 1916
† May 13th, 1944

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Martinek, Robert* February 2nd, 1889
† June 28th, 1944

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Marzluf, Xaver* July 3rd, 1910
† June 3rd, 1944

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Masarié, Arzelino* October 10th, 1912
† August 9th, 1944

Massalsky, Horst Rudolph Eduard* March 29th, 1920
† 2001

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Massell, Paul* May 30th, 1909
† February 2nd, 1945
Plot: 1 Row: 9 Grave: 225-252

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Matern, Alfred* December 15th, 1910
† February 26th, 1946

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Matern, Kurt† December 1st, 1943

Materna, Friedrich* June 21st, 1885
† November 11th, 1946

Matheisen, Kornel* July 16th, 1911

Mathes, Josef* February 4th, 1908
† September 19th, 1944
Plot: E1 Row: 13 Grave: 196

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Matoni, Walter* June 27th, 1917
† June 26th, 1988

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Mattenklott, Franz* November 19th, 1884
† June 28th, 1954

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Mattern, Ernst* November 26th, 1892

Matthes, Hans* October 20th, 1914
† March 12th, 1966

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Matthis, Dr. rer. pol., Werner* June 22nd, 1899
† August 12th, 1983

Mattiza, Max* June 13th, 1921

Matuschka, Graf von, Hartmut* December 29th, 1914
† January 16th, 1945

Matuschka, Graf von, Siegfried* June 28th, 1917
† April 16th, 1943

Matzen, Jens-Ingwer* October 22nd, 1914
† February 29th, 1980

Mauchenheim gen. Bechtolsheim, Freiherr von, Theod* August 26th, 1902
† April 20th, 1972

Maurer, Karl* January 1st, 1915

Maurer, Otto* December 18th, 1905
† March 21st, 1982

Maurischat, Willi* May 10th, 1911

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Mauss, Dr. med. dent., Karl* May 17th, 1898
† February 9th, 1959

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Mauss, Günther* November 23rd, 1892

Maximowitz, Willi* January 29th, 1920
† April 20th, 1945

Mayer, Egon* August 19th, 1917
† March 2nd, 1944

Mayer, Hans* August 20th, 1920

Mayer, Leonhard* 1920
† October 21st, 1944

Mayer, von, Paul* March 18th, 1887
† July 19th, 1947

Mayer, Wilhelm* December 5th, 1917
† January 4th, 1945

Mayerl, Maximilian* May 28th, 1917
† February 11th, 2010

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Mayr, Heinrich* November 22nd, 1920
† December 15th, 1944
Plot: 3 Grave: 194

Mayr, Rudolf* May 1st, 1910
† August 4th, 1991

Meding, von, Arnold* May 22nd, 1913

Meendsen-Bohlken, Wilhelm* June 25th, 1897
† August 20th, 1985

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