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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Piesk, Roland* March 3rd, 1920
† March 2nd, 1942

Pietsch, Helmut* December 25th, 1915

Pietsch, Ulrich* December 5th, 1915
† August 22nd, 1944

Pietsch, Werner* August 21st, 1912
† February 8th, 1956

Pietzonka, Erich* October 4th, 1906
† December 18th, 1989

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Piffer, Anton-Rudolf "Toni"* May 16th, 1918
† June 17th, 1944

Pilling, Theodor* December 22nd, 1896
† January 7th, 1956

Pinkepank, Georg Gustav Albert Willi* December 18th, 1907
† November 24th, 1979

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Pipan, Arthur* December 5th, 1919
† August 1st, 2009

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Pipkorn, Dr., Udo* April 13th, 1914
† June 1982

Pipkorn, Rüdiger* November 19th, 1909
† April 25th, 1945

Pirch, Wilhelm* April 17th, 1915
† October 3rd, 1976

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Pirmann, Adolf* January 8th, 1895
† February 24th, 1985

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Piske, Herbert* November 22nd, 1921
† June 4th, 2010

Pistorius, Robert* May 23rd, 1896
† June 27th, 1944

Pittelkow, Horst* October 29th, 1913
† January 24th, 1945

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Pittschellis, Adolf Hans* October 28th, 1914
† January 26th, 1945
Plot: 5 Row: 20 Grave: 558

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Placzek, Franz* November 5th, 1914
† March 17th, 1977

Plaisant, Erich Karl* November 29th, 1921
† July 1944

Planitz, Edler von der, Max* March 28th, 1903
† October 23rd, 1990

Platen, von, Joachim* May 31st, 1921

Plath, Siegfried* November 9th, 1914

Plato, von, Anton-Detlev* June 6th, 1910
† October 12th, 2001

Platz, Hubert* July 5th, 1911
† May 21st, 1988

Platz, Werner* April 20th, 1907

Platzer, Friedrich* October 26th, 1914
† March 16th, 1942

Plefka, Alfred* July 24th, 1920

Pleiner, Franz* September 24th, 1916
† January 9th, 1945

Plenzat, Kurt* January 17th, 1914
† November 17th, 1998

Plessis, du, Armand* August 17th, 1895

Plettner, Erich* July 19th, 1909
† November 13th, 1991

Pleß, Helmut* November 2nd, 1918
† December 25th, 1999

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Pliefke, Helmut* March 3rd, 1913

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Pliska, Fritz* December 20th, 1915
† August 28th, 1995

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Plocher, Hermann* January 5th, 1901
† December 8th, 1980

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Plotz, Kurt* July 7th, 1916
† November 3rd, 2000

Pluns, Hermann* December 26th, 1906
† June 30th, 1985

Plücken, Johann* May 25th, 1911

Plümer, Friedrich-Hans* June 24th, 1917
† November 20th, 1993

Plöger, Karl-Heinrich* April 27th, 1914
† April 5th, 1996

Plötner, Walter* December 20th, 1920
† August 18th, 1942

Poel, Gustav Artur Eduard Johann* August 2nd, 1917
† January 16th, 2009

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Pohl, Eberhard* November 23rd, 1908
† April 16th, 1997

Pohl, Erich* November 4th, 1920

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Pohl, Ernst* December 7th, 1913

Pohl, Ortwin* April 8th, 1920
† September 2nd, 1994

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Pohl, Ritter von, Max* April 15th, 1893
† July 26th, 1951

Pohl, Wilhelm Franz "Willy"* November 24th, 1918

Pohle, Erich* March 14th, 1895

Pohlmann, Alfred* October 10th, 1904

Polewacz, Harry* March 31st, 1909
† January 12th, 1943

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Pollmann, Othmar* September 25th, 1917
† September 11th, 1991

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Pollmann, Otto* March 3rd, 1915
† February 28th, 1958

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Poppel, Waldemar* December 9th, 1916

Poppele, Erwin* March 19th, 1910
† November 23rd, 1943

Poppenburg, Werner* June 20th, 1920
† December 5th, 1944

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Portugall, Kurt* September 23rd, 1909
† September 26th, 1992

Postel, Georg-Wilhelm* April 25th, 1896
† September 20th, 1953

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Potschka, Hermann* November 9th, 1911
† May 1st, 1945

Prager, Karl* September 19th, 1888
† July 28th, 1948

Prager, Otto* December 3rd, 1912
† April 28th, 1945

Pralle, Hermann* December 11th, 1908

Praudins, Gustavs* January 30th, 1899
† October 9th, 1965

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Praun, Albert* December 11th, 1894
† March 3rd, 1975

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Precht, Willi* May 8th, 1914

Preinfalk, Alexander* February 6th, 1920
† December 12th, 1944

Preis, Othmar* May 6th, 1916

Prellberg, Werner* May 24th, 1896
† June 15th, 1960

Prentl, Josef "Sepp"* October 14th, 1916
† July 16th, 1994

Pressler, Bruno-Hubertus* July 15th, 1916

Pretzer, Max* September 14th, 1919
† February 25th, 1943

Preu, Theodor "Theo"* November 29th, 1896
† July 8th, 1974

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Preuss, Georg* April 24th, 1920
† February 3rd, 1991

Preußner, Heinz* November 5th, 1905

Preßler, Gustav* October 13th, 1912
† October 9th, 1985

Prieler, Josef* March 18th, 1922
† March 29th, 1945

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Priem, Otto* March 20th, 1912
† July 9th, 1990

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Prien, Hans* September 2nd, 1920

Prieß, Helmuth* March 6th, 1896
† October 21st, 1944

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Prill, Günter* November 2nd, 1919
† December 17th, 1982

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Prill, Walter* July 22nd, 1914

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Priller, Josef "Pips"* June 27th, 1915
† May 20th, 1961

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Primke, Ehrenfried* August 1st, 1917
† October 15th, 1943

Prinner, Josef* December 18th, 1894
† July 1st, 1964

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Prinz, Karl-Heinz* February 28th, 1914
† August 14th, 1944

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Prinzhorn, Hans-Friedrich* March 4th, 1911

Prittwitz und Gaffron, von, Karl Wilhelm* May 6th, 1899
† November 4th, 1972

Pritzel, Klaus* April 8th, 1913
† March 22nd, 1974

Prochazka, Alois* May 9th, 1915
† November 8th, 1987

Proetzel, Bodo* March 10th, 1914
† September 10th, 2008

Prollius, Ernst* August 31st, 1916
† September 1943

Promberger, Franz* February 29th, 1920
† January 4th, 1945

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Proske, Hans-Joachim* June 11th, 1916

Proß, Emil* October 13th, 1914
† August 15th, 1980

Prüger, Walter* December 12th, 1914
† July 6th, 1942

Prümm, Karl* July 12th, 1917
† January 10th, 1999

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Prützmann, Hans Adolf* August 31st, 1901

Prüß, Walter* December 4th, 1911
† November 13th, 2003

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Pröbstle, Lorenz* July 1st, 1913
† August 29th, 1942

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Pröll, Karl* September 16th, 1910
† February 7th, 1974

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Pröscholdt, Hans-Joachim* May 5th, 1916
† April 24th, 1945

Prössl, Erwin* April 4th, 1915
† March 1st, 2015

Puchstein, Karl* November 16th, 1909
† July 3rd, 1993

Pufpaff, Walter* February 28th, 1899
† January 3rd, 1942

Pulles, Gerrit-Jan* January 7th, 1923
† February 1st, 1945

Punzmann, Karl Anton Franz* September 23rd, 1918

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Puschmann, Herbert* August 10th, 1920
† February 3rd, 1944

Puttkamer, Freiherr von, Hasso* June 3rd, 1912
† March 5th, 2006

Puttkamer, von, Karl-Richard* July 28th, 1902
† February 23rd, 1945

Putz, Helmut* May 8th, 1915
† December 8th, 1995

Putzka, Erich* August 31st, 1912

Püchler, Carl* May 13th, 1894
† February 5th, 1949

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Pätsch, Erich* June 18th, 1913

Pätz, Erich* June 6th, 1915
† October 25th, 1943

Pöchacker, Stefan* December 19th, 1917
† August 31st, 1944

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Pöhler, Gerhard* April 2nd, 1920

Pöhs, Josef* March 14th, 1912
† December 30th, 1943

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