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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Raab, Alexander* July 12th, 1921
† August 13th, 2014

Raab, Josef* February 3rd, 1921
† May 15th, 1963

Raab, Paul† October 23rd, 1943

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Raaf, Friedrich* March 25th, 1920
† March 14th, 2002

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Raapke, Werner* October 10th, 1903
† February 6th, 1986

Raapke, Wilhelm* November 13th, 1896
† January 28th, 1970

Rab, Johann* April 18th, 1912
† March 30th, 1943

Rabben, Herbert* August 26th, 1918
† March 25th, 1995

Rabe von Pappenheim, Friedrich-Carl* October 5th, 1894
† June 9th, 1977

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Raczek, von, Job-Detlef* October 13th, 1897
† January 12th, 1943

Radeck, Kurt* January 11th, 1910
† March 30th, 1944

Radel, Hans* April 19th, 1915
† March 13th, 1993

Rademacher, Rudolf "Rudi"* June 19th, 1913
† June 13th, 1953

Radener, Waldemar* January 24th, 1921
† January 8th, 1957

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Radermacher, Karl* December 12th, 1922
† October 9th, 2016

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Radojewski, Johann* October 10th, 1917

Radowitz, von, Joseph "Josef"* July 29th, 1899
† June 1st, 1956

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Radowski, Eduard* November 17th, 1900
† September 6th, 1993

Radusch, Günther* November 11th, 1912
† July 29th, 1988

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Radü, Friedrich* November 20th, 1909

Radziej, Georg* January 7th, 1895
† May 13th, 1972

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Rahm, Franz† July 22nd, 1943

Raht, Gerhard Ferdinand Otto* June 6th, 1920
† January 11th, 1977

Raich, Bruno* May 14th, 1916
† December 29th, 1941

Raith, Heinrich* July 26th, 1914
† September 23rd, 1982

Raithel, Helmut* April 9th, 1907
† September 12th, 1990

Raithel, Heribert* June 14th, 1910
† July 14th, 1976

Rall, Günther* March 10th, 1918
† October 4th, 2009

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Rall, Victor* November 24th, 1896
† April 21st, 1984

Ramin, von, Hans-Georg* July 11th, 1916
† December 5th, 1949

Ramm, von, Hans-Joachim* October 10th, 1898

Rammelt, Karl* June 10th, 1914
† May 13th, 2009

Rammelt, Siegfried* December 18th, 1914
† March 21st, 1944
Plot: 22 Grave: 43

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Rampel, Josef* April 5th, 1915
† November 17th, 1943

Ramser, Günther* March 27th, 1906
† August 20th, 1983

Ranck, Werner* October 25th, 1904
† December 7th, 1989

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Randloff, Klaus* April 1st, 1919
† April 23rd, 1945

Randow, von, Heinz Friedrich* November 15th, 1890
† December 21st, 1942

Rang, Peter* January 15th, 1914

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Rann, Willy* September 15th, 1916

Rannersmann, Rolf* December 7th, 1915
† February 24th, 1978

Rantzau, Graf zu, Hans-Friedrich* November 10th, 1918
† September 28th, 1944

Rantzau, von, Heino* March 8th, 1894
† November 2nd, 1946

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Rappard, von, Fritz-Georg Hugo Karl* August 15th, 1892
† January 31st, 1946

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Rappel, August* July 31st, 1911
† November 22nd, 1984

Rappholz, Walter* June 4th, 1912
† September 30th, 1991

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Rappl, Ludwig* January 28th, 1921
† March 14th, 1997

Rasp, Siegfried* January 10th, 1898
† September 2nd, 1968

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Rast, Johann* April 21st, 1914
† August 31st, 1944

Rastl, Alfred* December 4th, 1922

Ratajczak, Edmund* February 13th, 1916
† October 29th, 1998

Rath, Ernst* August 3rd, 1910
† March 9th, 1990

Rath, Hans-Joachim* December 11th, 1894
† May 10th, 1968

Rath, Hermann* February 19th, 1905

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Ratzke, Wilhelm* May 6th, 1910
† December 27th, 1977

Rauch, Alfred* December 29th, 1917
† March 25th, 1991

Rauch, Erwin* October 19th, 1889
† February 26th, 1969

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Rauch, Hans* March 1st, 1899
† August 22nd, 1958

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Rauch, Karl-Heinz* March 11th, 1920
† June 26th, 1944

Rauer, Karl* August 7th, 1913
† May 7th, 1946

Rauff, Walter* June 19th, 1906
† May 14th, 1984

Rauh, Paul-Hubert* November 15th, 1913
† August 30th, 2005

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Raus, Erhard* January 8th, 1889
† April 3rd, 1956

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Rauser, Otto Friedrich* October 31st, 1899
† November 7th, 1977

Rebentisch, Ernst* January 31st, 1920
† December 3rd, 2013

Reber, Gustav-Peter* June 5th, 1919
† March 26th, 2000

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Rechel, Curt* December 1st, 1902
† August 10th, 1973

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Reck, Max* December 2nd, 1911

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Recke, Heinrich* August 25th, 1890
† August 18th, 1943

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Recknagel, Hermann* June 18th, 1892
† January 23rd, 1945

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Recktenwald, Nikolaus† March 16th, 1944

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Recktor, Konstantin* March 2nd, 1917

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Reden, von, Edzard* March 19th, 1905
† October 16th, 1987

Reder, Walter* February 4th, 1915
† April 26th, 1991

Redieck, Karl* April 5th, 1915

Redlich, Karl-Wolfgang* December 13th, 1914
† May 29th, 1944

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Reeder, Deert Jacob* November 29th, 1895
† July 7th, 1944

Reeder, Günther* November 2nd, 1915

Reese, Karl* April 27th, 1916

Rehbein, Ernst* October 15th, 1914

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Rehbein, Max H.* December 9th, 1918
† November 13th, 2015

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Rehenberg, Bernhard* October 11th, 1916

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Rehhäuser, Karl* March 28th, 1914
† January 2nd, 1945

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Rehle, Siegfried* August 4th, 1915
† December 30th, 1942

Rehmer, Richard* September 16th, 1909
† February 25th, 1945

Reibstein, Günter* February 1st, 1914

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Reich, Johann (9. Panzer-Division)* July 29th, 1898
† March 1st, 1945

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Reich, Werner (Pionier-Bataillon 5)* July 2nd, 1917
† June 11th, 1995

Reich, Werner (Wh-Infanterie)* September 17th, 1907
† January 25th, 1944
Plot: 20 Grave: 302

Reichard, Gerhard* March 7th, 1918
† June 15th, 2003

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Reiche, Werner* November 2nd, 1912
† July 4th, 1973

Reichel, Helmuth* September 11th, 1912
† April 4th, 2004

Reichelt, Martin* April 18th, 1905
† September 22nd, 1984

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Reichelt, Paul* March 29th, 1898
† July 15th, 1981

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Reichert, Karl* February 4th, 1913
† November 26th, 1976

Reichert, Rudolf* November 24th, 1893
† March 10th, 1967

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Reichert, Willy* August 7th, 1911
† October 19th, 1944

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Reichwald, Gerhard* June 5th, 1919
† October 8th, 1984

Reif, Hans* March 29th, 1913

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Reifner, Egon* March 5th, 1916
† June 28th, 1980

Reimann, Richard* November 2nd, 1892
† October 28th, 1970

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Reimar, Gustav* April 24th, 1910
† March 23rd, 1945

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Reinardy, Josef* July 25th, 1919
† December 25th, 1944

Reinau, Ernst* April 12th, 1922

Reinecke, Gerhard* January 2nd, 1914
† March 21st, 1992

Reinert, Ernst-Wilhelm* February 2nd, 1919
† September 5th, 2007

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Reinhardt, Alfred-Hermann* November 15th, 1897
† January 14th, 1973

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Reinhardt, Walter (WH-Infanterie-Regiment)* January 11th, 1910
† January 22nd, 1945

Reinhold, Leo-Hermann* February 22nd, 1906
† October 26th, 1961

Reinholds, Voldemars* June 23rd, 1903
† July 4th, 1986

Reinicke, Adolf† January 22nd, 1985

Reinicke, Hansjürgen* August 10th, 1902
† January 29th, 1978

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Reinwald, Max* September 1st, 1903
† June 8th, 1969

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