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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Saalwächter, Alfred* January 10th, 1883
† December 6th, 1945

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Sablotny, Herbert* July 20th, 1920

Saborowski, Heinrich* May 31st, 1914

Sacha, Friedrich, 'Fritz'* September 21st, 1915

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Sacher, Josef* December 5th, 1919
† November 18th, 2008

Sacher, Otto* February 20th, 1901
† May 11th, 1945

Sachs, Günther* May 4th, 1903
† July 15th, 1962

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Sachs, Karl Gustav Adolf* February 5th, 1886
† July 15th, 1952

Sachsenberg, Heinz "Heino"* July 12th, 1922
† June 17th, 1951

Sachsenheimer, Maximilian Heinrich "Max"* December 5th, 1909
† June 2nd, 1973

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Sackersdorff, Heinz* May 9th, 1905
† April 22nd, 1945
Plot: 66 Grave: 56

Sailer, Gert* October 31st, 1916

Sailer, Hans* February 14th, 1917

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Salcher, Walter* August 4th, 1914
† June 26th, 1944

Saldern-Brallentin, von, Sylvester* February 7th, 1908
† August 27th, 1967

Saldern-Wilsnack, von, Burghardt* March 9th, 1916
† October 6th, 2002

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Salengre-Drabbe, de, Hans* October 21st, 1894
† August 25th, 1944

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Salisch, von, Wilhelm* November 5th, 1913
† March 18th, 1945

Saller, Franz* September 6th, 1915

Salmann, Otto* July 5th, 1908
† April 21st, 1970

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Salminger, Josef* March 5th, 1903
† October 1st, 1943

Saltzwedel, Martin* September 13th, 1906
† April 1st, 1987

Salz, Wilhelm "Willi"* September 14th, 1915

Salzer, Eduard* September 26th, 1920
† June 18th, 1944

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Salzmann, Alfons* June 15th, 1914
† May 27th, 1942

Salzmann, Walter* December 12th, 1913
† February 20th, 2000

Samwer, Ernst-Friedrich* September 26th, 1917
† October 14th, 2002

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Sander, Erich* December 18th, 1915
† April 15th, 1944

Sander, Hans* July 30th, 1897

Sander, Joachim Martin Constantin* August 7th, 1898
† November 3rd, 1944
Plot: 6 Row: 11 Grave: 817

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Sander, Otto* March 7th, 1915
† January 1945

Sander, Walter (Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 5)* July 25th, 1914
† April 28th, 1981

Sandner, Johann "Hans"* October 15th, 1921
† December 26th, 1983

Sandrock, Hans* April 20th, 1913
† September 23rd, 1995

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Sann, Fritz* July 29th, 1913
† May 31st, 1972

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Sanne, Werner* April 5th, 1889
† September 26th, 1952

Sansonetti, Luigi* February 22nd, 1888
† November 7th, 1959

Sartor, Bernhard* February 28th, 1913
† February 9th, 1975

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Sassa, Hubert* July 31st, 1919
† June 11th, 1943

Sassen, Bruno* March 13th, 1918
† June 19th, 2006

Sattig, Carl* March 22nd, 1915
† August 10th, 1942

Sattler, Georg* April 14th, 1917
† August 30th, 1944
Plot: 46 Grave: 329

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Sattler, Günther* May 13th, 1913
† June 26th, 1944

Sattler, Robert* December 6th, 1891
† August 7th, 1978

Sauer, Hermann* January 22nd, 1893
† August 17th, 1979

Sauer, Johann* October 3rd, 1915
† May 19th, 1944

Sauer, Walter* April 4th, 1916
† March 3rd, 1977

Sauerbrei, Rudolf* May 18th, 1919
† July 22nd, 2007

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Sauerbrey, Johannes* October 20th, 1893
† January 7th, 1982

Sauerbruch, Peter* June 6th, 1913
† September 29th, 2010

Sauerland, Heinz* February 15th, 1923

Sauren, Johann* July 30th, 1914
† July 5th, 1944

Sausgruber, Alto* January 19th, 1920
† January 2nd, 1945

Sauter, Josef* June 11th, 1922
† March 9th, 1944

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Sauvant, Bernhard August Ferdinand* March 25th, 1910
† April 15th, 1967

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Sawatzki, Otto* July 19th, 1917
† August 15th, 1944

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Sayn-Wittgenstein, Prinz zu , Heinrich* August 14th, 1916
† January 21st, 1944
Plot: TH Row: 1 Grave: 2

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Sborowski, Richard* May 24th, 1914
† October 12th, 1943
Row: 8 

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Scappini, Hans* April 28th, 1912
† June 8th, 1944

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Schaal, Kurt* February 29th, 1892

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Schaar, Paul-Heinrich Gerhard* March 5th, 1919
† January 24th, 1983

Schaarschuh, Helmut* January 20th, 1913
† August 18th, 1989

Schacher, Kurt* February 20th, 1914
† February 15th, 1995

Schacht, Gerhard "Eule"* April 6th, 1916
† February 7th, 1972

Schack, Günther* November 12th, 1917
† June 14th, 2003

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Schack, von, Malte* April 17th, 1915
† October 17th, 1943

Schacke, Hans* December 26th, 1894

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Schade, Eberhard* February 20th, 1918
† March 1st, 1945

Schade, Engelbert* October 23rd, 1912

Schaedler, Karl* May 24th, 1920

Schaefer, Erich* December 23rd, 1915
† January 26th, 1945

Schaefer, Erich (Schützen-Regiment 52)* May 30th, 1914
† June 18th, 1988

Schaeffer, Wilhelm* February 6th, 1903
† February 24th, 1984

Schafmayr, Hermann* April 2nd, 1915

Schake, Helmut* February 24th, 1919
† March 1st, 1945

Schalanda, Hans* February 7th, 1921
† March 26th, 1945

Schall, Franz* June 1st, 1918
† April 10th, 1945

Schallenberg, Rudolf* November 28th, 1919
† July 16th, 2013

Schaller, Friedrich Andreas "Fritz"* July 14th, 1910
† February 1st, 1942

Schalles, Walter* January 27th, 1915
† October 20th, 1982

Schaper, Siegfried* April 21st, 1915
† September 20th, 1944

Schareina, Emil* July 25th, 1915
† September 20th, 1985

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Scharf, Heinz* April 22nd, 1920
† July 13th, 2001

Scharf, Konrad* July 25th, 1916

Scharfe, Reinhold* October 2nd, 1920
† August 22nd, 1943
Plot: 6 Row: 48 Grave: 3527

Scharinger, Josef* December 1st, 1918
† April 16th, 1944

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Scharlow, Dr., Ulrich* March 29th, 1898

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Schasche, Wilhelm "Willi"* January 6th, 1921
† November 21st, 2012

Schassner, Kurt* March 3rd, 1914
† October 21st, 1985

Schatz, Bruno* June 24th, 1894
† December 3rd, 1974

Schauder, Paul* April 27th, 1921
† January 22nd, 2004

Schauwecker, Heinz-Eugen* September 17th, 1919
† July 20th, 2005

Schauß, Wolfgang* November 28th, 1912
† August 1944

Scheckenbach, Ferdinand* November 19th, 1918

Sched, Josef* September 19th, 1907

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Scheel, Günter* November 23rd, 1921
† July 16th, 1943

Scheffel, Rudolf* July 9th, 1914
† December 18th, 1983

Scheffler, Joachim* January 18th, 1920

Scheffold, Konrad* August 18th, 1908
† July 9th, 1944

Scheibe, Gerhard* April 6th, 1917
† January 21st, 1944

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Scheibe, Siegfried* May 24th, 1916
† April 17th, 1945

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Scheibel, Bruno, Heinrich, Alois* January 2nd, 1915
† January 29th, 1945

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Scheibert, Horst* September 29th, 1918
† March 8th, 2010

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Scheibler, Josef* October 7th, 1919
† September 15th, 1944

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Scheidemann, Friedrich-Wilhelm* May 5th, 1917
† January 11th, 2007

Scheidig, Albert* March 3rd, 1915
† August 10th, 2002

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Scheit, Adolf* July 22nd, 1918

Schellack, Horst* June 25th, 1923

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Schellong, Conrad* February 7th, 1910
† February 7th, 1992

Schellong, Hans* May 13th, 1920
† May 22nd, 1944

Schember, Fritz* January 30th, 1918

Schemm, Günter* August 14th, 1920
† April 11th, 1945

Schemmel, Günther* December 22nd, 1904
† November 18th, 1990

Schenckendorff, von, Max* February 24th, 1875
† July 6th, 1943

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Schendel, Dieter* September 7th, 1915

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Schenk, Arnold* June 12th, 1894
† April 2nd, 1968

Schenke, Erich* May 2nd, 1898

Schentke, Georg* November 23rd, 1919
† December 25th, 1942

Schenzel, Karl-Georg* December 5th, 1921
† December 30th, 1943

Scherenberg, Rolf* May 27th, 1897
† June 10th, 1961

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Scherer, Friedrich* January 22nd, 1895

Scherer, Fritz* August 26th, 1910
† May 8th, 1998

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Scherer, Paul-Albert* November 23rd, 1918
† March 16th, 2014

Scherer, Philipp* December 11th, 1921

Scherf, Walter* February 21st, 1917
† April 7th, 2003

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Scherfling, Karl-Heinz* September 6th, 1918
† July 21st, 1944
Plot: 21 Grave: 140

Scherg, Johannes* May 16th, 1918
† December 22nd, 1997

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