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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.

Bidermann, Gottlob-Herbert (Gren.Reg.437)* August 28th, 1920
† September 1st, 2010

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Ibetsberger, Paul (Grenadier-Regiment 361)05-01-191514-09-1973 
Iblher, Hans   
Ickler, Wilhelm   
Ide, Herbert Heinrich04-01-191510-09-1942 
Idel, Alfred   
Idel, Paul   
Idelberger, Kurt (Grenadier-Regiment 355)   
Iden, Walter   
Iffland, Hans   
Iffland, Ulrich30-04-189818-11-1943 
Iffland, Wilhelm   
Iffländer, Paul   
Iffländer, Paul-Friedhelm   
Ihde, Dr., Rudolf14-03-191508-02-1945 
Ihle, Kurt   
Ihlefeld, Herbert01-06-191408-08-1995more 
Ihlefeldt, Albert   
Ihnen, Johann   
Ihrlich, Anton   
Ilg, Erich   
Ilgen, Max13-04-189415-11-1943 
Ilgenfritz, Hans   
Ilgner, Gerhard   
Ilk, Iro18-10-191925-09-1944 
Illas, Kurt   
Illgen, Kurt   
Illig, Walter   
Illig, Werner   
Illing, Herbert23-03-1915 more 
Illius, Georg   
Ilsemann, von, Helmuth18-12-189128-09-1957 
Imbach, Andreas   
Imhoff, Hans   
Imm, Erich   
Immel, Herbert12-07-1916  
Immich, Dr., Max   
Imminger, Bernhard   
Imschweiler, Oswald   
Inden, Dr.-Ing., Paul   
Ingenbrand, Franz22-02-1919  
Inhofer, Karl26-05-1905 more 
Inkmann, August   
Inlow, Karl04-04-1915  
Intra, Hans   
Ipsen, Günther   
Ipsen, Paul   
Irgang, Max   
Irion, Werner   
Irion, Wolfgang   
Irkens, Josef   
Irle, Friedrich   
Irmler, Alfred   
Irmler, Gottfried   
Irmler, Harald   
Irschl, Mathias   
Isachsen, Herbert10-10-191321-10-2003more 
Isbrecht, Wilhelm   
Ischinger, Karl   
Iscinski, Josef   
Isczinski, Richard11-12-191606-08-1983more 
Isele, Berthold   
Isele, Klaus   
Isenbeck, Heinrich   
Isenberg, Werner   
Isenberg, Willi   
Isenmann, Alfred   
Isermann, Aloys   
Isert, Wilhelm   
Isken, Eduard15-04-191807-01-1997more 
Islinger, Otto00-00-191417-12-1943 
Ismayr, Karl   
Israel, Hermann   
Issendorff, von, Georg   
Ivens, Kurt   
Iwansky, Karl17-11-190811-08-1942