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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Pade, Gerhard* June 21st, 1912
† October 20th, 1983

Paege, Arno* December 5th, 1915
† September 10th, 2000

Paetow, Hans-Joachim* November 15th, 1915

Paetsch, Otto* August 3rd, 1909
† March 16th, 1945

Paffrath, Benno* December 22nd, 1912

Pagels, Christian* June 17th, 1900
† January 1st, 1944

Pahl, Hugo* January 24th, 1900

Pahnke, Walter* January 22nd, 1916
† November 9th, 1944

Palitza, Georg* December 4th, 1921

Panknin, Herbert* December 27th, 1913
† March 15th, 2001

Pannier, Rudolf* July 10th, 1897
† August 19th, 1978

Panse, Werner* December 19th, 1921
† June 23rd, 1995

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Pantenius, Hans-Jürgen* May 18th, 1914
† May 2nd, 2004

Pape, Günther* July 14th, 1907
† January 21st, 1986

Pape, Kurt-Albert* May 12th, 1917
† July 7th, 1943

Paringer, Georg* May 1st, 1889
† December 2nd, 1943

Parisius, Heinrich* July 6th, 1910
† February 11th, 1945

Pasewaldt, Georg* September 19th, 1900

Pastofski, Rudi* February 18th, 1917
† March 29th, 1945

Patry, Walter* April 15th, 1917
† January 22nd, 1945

Patuschka, Dr., Horst* May 22nd, 1912
† March 6th, 1943

Paukner, Ernst* September 4th, 1919
† June 15th, 2013

Paul, Friedrich-Karl* January 31st, 1909
† May 1st, 1998

Pauli, Carl-Theodor* May 19th, 1914
† December 25th, 1944
Row: 8 Grave: 58

Paulsen, Karl-August* January 23rd, 1915
† June 17th, 2007

Pean, Ernst* February 1st, 1900
† February 11th, 1966

Peichl, Adolf* December 8th, 1917
† June 4th, 1969

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Peiper, Joachim* January 30th, 1915
† July 14th, 1976

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Peißert, Herbert* June 25th, 1919
† September 4th, 1942

Pekrun, Dieter* July 15th, 1917
† July 18th, 2005

Pellikan, Josef* April 19th, 1919

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Penth, Paul* March 3rd, 1894

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Pentzien, Hans* July 8th, 1914
† May 3rd, 2007

Perleberg, Rüdiger* March 9th, 1913
† October 21st, 1990

Persch, Franz* December 23rd, 1914

Persson, Joachim† February 25th, 1944

Peschke, Gustav* May 7th, 1909
† December 10th, 1943

Pest, Günter* April 28th, 1920

Peteani, Josef* August 18th, 1918
† September 4th, 1942

Peter, Erich* September 19th, 1920
† April 25th, 1945

Peter, Georg* May 25th, 1914

Peter-Pirkham, Heinrich* July 18th, 1916

Peterburs, Hans* October 9th, 1912
† January 11th, 1944

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Petermann, Viktor* May 26th, 1916
† May 19th, 2001

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Peters, Dr., Johannes* July 15th, 1896
† October 5th, 1951

Peters, Friedrich-Karl* August 22nd, 1922
† May 4th, 1945

Peters, Josef Richard* February 20th, 1920
† December 11th, 2004

Peters, Kurd (WL-Aufklärungsgruppe 22)* August 7th, 1914
† July 24th, 1957

Peters, Kurt (Kampfgeschwader 3)* December 13th, 1908
† December 21st, 1941

Peters, Reinhard* January 13th, 1922
† April 14th, 1992

Peters, Rudolf* August 9th, 1899
† September 14th, 1990

Petersen, Erich* August 25th, 1889
† July 4th, 1963

Petersen, Heinrich (Infanterie-Regiment 184)* September 23rd, 1911
† August 7th, 1943

Petersen, Herbert* June 12th, 1919
† January 1st, 1944

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Petersen, Karl* October 28th, 1920
† September 25th, 1992

Petersen, Karl-August* May 26th, 1912
† November 23rd, 1980

Petersen, Klaus* January 13th, 1917

Petersen, Kurt* September 20th, 1916

Petersen, Theodor* January 14th, 1914
† March 25th, 1999

Petersen, Werner* January 2nd, 1908

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Petry, Ernst* July 29th, 1914
† June 26th, 1944

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Petzold, Ernst* August 6th, 1914
† April 20th, 1999

Petzold, Joachim* February 26th, 1913
† July 23rd, 1991

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Pfaff, Otto* October 15th, 1913
† April 19th, 1945

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Pfaffinger, Dr., Paul* January 3rd, 1915
† April 12th, 1982

Pfannenschmidt, Heinz* December 4th, 1918
† March 6th, 1994

Pfeifer, Hans-Hellmuth* February 18th, 1894
† April 22nd, 1945
Plot: 49 Grave: 177

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Pfeifer, Willi (WH-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 12)* February 22nd, 1924
† January 25th, 1962

Pfeiffer, Franz (WH-Gebirgsjäger)* October 23rd, 1907
† November 20th, 1994

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Pfeiffer, Georg* May 5th, 1890
† June 28th, 1944

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Pfeufer, Josef* January 8th, 1921

Pfisterer, Georg* June 3rd, 1917

Pflanz, Rudolf* July 1st, 1914
† July 31st, 1942

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Pflaum, Karl* November 17th, 1890
† December 18th, 1957

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Pfleger, Hermann* October 4th, 1894

Pflieger, Kurt* May 18th, 1890
† September 13th, 1958

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Pflug, von, Jürgen* June 25th, 1923

Pflugbeil, Johann* August 24th, 1882
† October 21st, 1951

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Pfründer, Wilhelm* September 15th, 1910
† July 30th, 1942

Pfuhlstein, von, Alexander* December 17th, 1899
† December 20th, 1976

Pförtner, Helmut* April 22nd, 1913
† February 28th, 1943

Philipp, Christian* September 3rd, 1893
† October 16th, 1963

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Philipp, Hans (Jagdgeschwader 54)* March 17th, 1917
† October 8th, 1943

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Philipp, Hans-Otto* February 16th, 1898
† December 10th, 1952

Philipp, Wilhelm* January 31st, 1916
† January 10th, 1986

Philipps, Karl* May 8th, 1920
† May 5th, 1982

Philipps, Wilhelm* July 29th, 1894
† February 13th, 1971

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Phleps, Arthur* November 29th, 1881
† September 21st, 1944

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Phoenix, Harry* January 3rd, 1913
† December 21st, 1999

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Pichler, Johann* December 15th, 1912
† February 16th, 1995

Picht, Alfred* January 10th, 1914
† December 16th, 1978

Pickelmann, Wilhelm* February 5th, 1915

Pickert, Hermann* June 15th, 1909

Pickert, Wolfgang Friedrich Wilhelm Siegfried* February 3rd, 1897
† July 19th, 1984

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Pickl, Alois* June 19th, 1922

Piefer, Friedrich* January 18th, 1914
† February 17th, 1986

Piepenstock, Rudolf* January 13th, 1909

Pieper, Heinz (Grenadier-Regiment)* February 20th, 1917
† January 16th, 1943

Pieper, Karl* June 2nd, 1920
† February 27th, 1997

Piepereit, Günther August* February 26th, 1921
† July 20th, 1944

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