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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Müller, Johann (Kriegsmarine)* September 7th, 1902

Müller, Karl (Kampfgeschwader 2)† February 8th, 1943

Müller, Ludwig* June 28th, 1892
† June 28th, 1972

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Müller, Rudolf (Lw-Jagdgeschwader)* November 21st, 1920
† October 21st, 1943

Müller, Siegfried (LW-Jagdgeschwader 54)* November 10th, 1917
† February 21st, 1945

Müller, Siegfried (Waffen-SS)* October 18th, 1914
† April 7th, 1974

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Müller, Vincenz* November 5th, 1894
† May 12th, 1961

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Müller, von, Dietrich* September 16th, 1891
† January 3rd, 1961

Müller, Walter Christian* November 22nd, 1914
† September 22nd, 2003

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Müller-Derichsweiler, Erich* September 27th, 1890
† April 24th, 1956

Müller-Gebhard, Philipp* October 15th, 1889
† July 2nd, 1970

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Münch, Gerhard* December 2nd, 1914
† December 6th, 2011

Müncheberg, Joachim* December 31st, 1918
† March 23rd, 1943

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Münchow, von, Leopold* March 4th, 1884
† February 1945

Mündlein, Ernst* December 7th, 1913
† September 11th, 1944

Münster, Leopold* December 13th, 1920
† May 8th, 1944

Münzner, Eberhard* July 17th, 1920
† August 8th, 1944
Plot: 4 Row: 4 Grave: 325

Mürl, Heinrich* February 11th, 1912

Mützelfeldt, Hans-Joachim* August 8th, 1916
† May 10th, 1945

Mädler, Helmut* September 27th, 1919
† August 22nd, 1996

Mähler, Josef* October 2nd, 1915
† August 24th, 1944

Mänhardt, Manfred* November 25th, 1909
† September 27th, 1950

Märtl, Hans* December 26th, 1919
† 2007

Möbius, Rudolf* December 13th, 1912
† August 25th, 1978

Möbus, Martin* May 9th, 1917
† June 2nd, 1944
Plot: 5 Grave: 7

Möhring, Kurt* January 3rd, 1900
† December 18th, 1944
Grave: 102

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Möller, Emil* November 19th, 1916
† July 10th, 1993

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Möller, Hans (Pionier-Bataillon 258)* August 2nd, 1908
† February 11th, 1943

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Möller, Hubert* June 8th, 1913

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Möller, Kurt* January 5th, 1898
† August 30th, 1944

Möller, Werner* January 7th, 1919
† September 22nd, 1981

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Mönnich, Hubert* January 14th, 1914

Möntmann, Werner* September 26th, 1922

Mößlacher, Erhard* June 16th, 1921
† February 12th, 1945
Plot: 1 

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