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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Wachhausen, Horst* October 26th, 1897
† April 24th, 1945
Plot: 6 Grave: 532

Wachowiak, Friedrich "Friedel"* February 13th, 1920
† July 16th, 1944
Plot: 17 Grave: 2032

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Wachtel, Max* June 6th, 1897
† June 18th, 1982

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Wachter, Heinrich* January 13th, 1916

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Wachter, Johann "Hans"* November 24th, 1912
† December 19th, 1944
Plot: 140 Grave: 248

Wack, Heinz Peter* 1917
† 1993

Wackernagel, Johannes* September 28th, 1907
† February 2nd, 1991

Wadenstorfer, Johann "Hans"* October 14th, 1915
† October 28th, 1944

Waeger, Kurt* February 6th, 1893
† June 18th, 1952

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Wagener, Carl* December 23rd, 1901
† June 3rd, 1988

Wagenfeld, Ludwig* February 16th, 1911
† February 26th, 1993

Wagler, Bruno* September 5th, 1912
† October 31st, 1951

Wagner, Emil-Richard* December 12th, 1912
† September 4th, 1944

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Wagner, Gerhard (KM-Konteradmiral)* November 23rd, 1898
† June 26th, 1987

Wagner, Gerhard (WH-Artillerie)* September 15th, 1893

Wagner, Hans* March 11th, 1896
† May 13th, 1967

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Wagner, Jürgen* September 9th, 1901
† April 5th, 1947

Wagner, Kurt (WL-Flak)* November 4th, 1891
† November 19th, 1966

Wagner, Otto (KM-U-Boot)* December 11th, 1916
† September 7th, 2007

Wagner, Rudolf* October 29th, 1921
† December 11th, 1943

Wagner, Wilhelm* September 8th, 1915
† July 4th, 1994

Wahl, Adalbert* May 8th, 1906

Wahl, Peter* February 4th, 1913
† March 27th, 1945
Plot: 13 Row: 2 Grave: 53

Walbröl, Anton* December 15th, 1916

Waldeck und Pyrmont, Prinz zu, Maximilian W.G.H.* September 13th, 1898
† February 23rd, 1981

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Waldecker, Helmut* September 3rd, 1914
† April 25th, 1966

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Walden, Bruno* December 14th, 1911
† 1946

Waldmann, Hans-Peter "Dackel"* September 24th, 1922
† March 18th, 1945

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Waldmüller, Hans* September 13th, 1912
† September 8th, 1944

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Waldmüller, Leo† August 5th, 1968

Walitschek, Hubert Felix* April 24th, 1918
† November 1997

Walle, Gustav* September 2nd, 1915
† September 29th, 1970

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Waller, Karl* December 13th, 1914

Wallesch, Ernst* November 9th, 1915

Walter, Dominikus* October 25th, 1913
† February 14th, 1993

Walter, Karl* April 13th, 1893
† May 29th, 1956

Walter, Kurt* February 27th, 1908
† August 13th, 1944

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Walter, Kurt* October 23rd, 1911
† October 26th, 1942
Plot: 1 

Walther, Erich* August 5th, 1903
† December 26th, 1948

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Walther, Gerhard* June 17th, 1920
† May 18th, 1944

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Walz, Hans* December 1st, 1912

Wamsler, Eugen* March 9th, 1920

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Wandel, Joachim* May 7th, 1914
† October 7th, 1942

Wandmaker, Helmut* November 9th, 1916
† July 19th, 2007

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Wandrey, Max* April 8th, 1910
† February 21st, 1945

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Wangenheim, Freiherr von, Konrad* August 20th, 1909
† February 1953

Wangerin, Friedrich-Wilhelm* January 27th, 1915
† November 13th, 2002

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Wanhöfer, Günter* November 18th, 1916
† August 7th, 2015

Wanke, Artur* June 24th, 1901
† March 1st, 1987

Wannenmacher, Ernst-Leopold* September 8th, 1921

Warczak, Wladislaus* June 7th, 1921

Wardel, Valentin* March 30th, 1916

Warnecke, Friedrich "Fritz"* November 25th, 1898
† May 4th, 1968

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Warning, Elmar* December 10th, 1907

Warrelmann, Hinrich* April 16th, 1904
† October 9th, 1980

Waschk, Herbert* January 19th, 1917
† November 10th, 1943
Plot: 37 Row: 9 Grave: 281

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Waschkau, Gustav* August 28th, 1916
† August 20th, 1944

Wasmer, x* 1913

Wasmund, Prof. Dr., Erich* August 2nd, 1902
† April 28th, 1945
Plot: 1 Grave: 71

Wasner, Alfred† August 18th, 1942

Wassmann, Rudolf* October 7th, 1914

Wassmuth, August* January 13th, 1887
† February 23rd, 1942

Wastrack, Rudolf* April 25th, 1918

Waterbeck, Karl* January 1st, 1915
† January 21st, 1944
Plot: 1 Row: 7 Grave: 235

Waterstraat, Kurt* October 7th, 1908

Waue, Georg* February 1st, 1901
† May 8th, 1945

Weber, Alois* November 30th, 1915
† January 19th, 2003

Weber, Bernhard* November 24th, 1921

Weber, Friedrich (WH-256. Infanterie-Division)* March 31st, 1892
† September 2nd, 1974

Weber, Georg† August 29th, 1943

Weber, Gerhard* March 21st, 1898
† January 13th, 1944

Weber, Gottfried* January 31st, 1891
† August 17th, 1958

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Weber, Gustav* December 11th, 1922

Weber, Hans* November 24th, 1915
† October 4th, 1942

Weber, Hans-Joachim* June 4th, 1914
† April 6th, 1985

Weber, Heinrich* July 9th, 1915

Weber, Horst Benno Fridigern* August 8th, 1919
† January 8th, 2007

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Weber, Karl-Heinz* January 30th, 1922
† June 7th, 1944

Weber, Karl-Otto* October 10th, 1914
† April 14th, 1999

Weber, Martin* June 26th, 1916
† April 14th, 1943

Weber, Paul* June 25th, 1914
† April 17th, 1996

Weber, Xaver* March 25th, 1916
† February 18th, 1943
Plot: 14 

Weber-Dahlmann, Alois* September 17th, 1919

Wechmar, Freiherr von, Irnfried* February 12th, 1899
† November 27th, 1959

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Wechsung, Willi* December 29th, 1913
† March 22nd, 2001

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Weck, Helmut* March 11th, 1916

Weck, Julius* April 11th, 1913

Wecker, Josef* February 22nd, 1913
† November 21st, 1943

Weckmann, Harry* December 9th, 1906
† February 11th, 1945

Wedel, Graf von, Wedigo* July 24th, 1907
† August 27th, 1942

Wedel, von, Busso* June 12th, 1897
† March 15th, 1981

Wedel, von, Hermann* July 27th, 1893
† February 5th, 1944

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Wedemeyer, Haimar* September 22nd, 1906
† November 13th, 1998

Wegener, Werner Willy* January 2nd, 1914
† July 26th, 1989

Wegner, Wilhelm* September 21st, 1914
† March 10th, 1989

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Wehking, Hermann* September 9th, 1914
† November 3rd, 2009

Wehmeyer, Alfred* April 21st, 1919
† June 1st, 1942

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Wehner, Fritz* January 19th, 1909
† September 30th, 1943

Wehrmann, Gerhard* March 16th, 1914
† December 24th, 1998

Wehrmann, Karl* March 17th, 1894
† May 9th, 1945

Wehrstedt, Otto† August 10th, 1944

Weible, Ernst* December 7th, 1912
† March 25th, 1944

Weichold, Eberhard* August 23rd, 1891
† December 19th, 1960

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Weidenbrück, Wilhelm* February 5th, 1915
† April 28th, 2011

Weidinger, Otto* May 27th, 1914
† January 11th, 1990

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Weidlich, Paul* November 12th, 1910
† February 18th, 1993

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Weidling, Helmuth Otto Ludwig* November 2nd, 1891
† November 17th, 1955

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Weidmann, Paul* December 16th, 1915
† March 2nd, 1943

Weidner, Friedrich* October 2nd, 1916
† March 28th, 1980

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