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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Eder, Franz07-11-191327-02-1942 
Enderle, x   
Erfurth, Heinz   
Eble, Hermann00-00-1917 more 
Emmler, Friedrich   
Emrich, Hermann   
Ernst, Hans-Joachim17-08-191800-00-2002 
Ewert, Heinz-Martin12-05-191515-11-1980 
Ewald, Werner23-10-191405-10-1993more 
Ewald, Heinz "Esau"01-09-192214-03-2002more 
Etthöfer, Alois03-04-191220-11-1944more 
Ettel, Wolf-Udo26-02-192117-07-1943 
Eßbach, Gotthard29-03-191719-04-2001 
Esch, Albin22-06-190103-03-1959 
Erdmann, Dipl.-Ing., Wolfgang (LW-Fallschirmjäger)13-11-189805-09-1946more 
Enseling, Rudolf30-08-191425-01-1977 
Engel, Walter (LW-Nachtjagdgeschwader 5)01-05-191926-04-2011 
Endreß, Hans05-07-191114-01-1969 
Ekesparre, von, Arthur08-01-191312-02-1945 
Einem, von, Hans-Egon26-09-190708-05-1945 
Eikmeier, Johannes "Hans"03-12-191805-09-2012 
Eichler, Hilmar10-09-189520-05-1973 
Eichert, Robert14-06-191423-09-1944 
Ehrler, Heinrich17-09-191704-04-1945more 
Ehle, Walter28-04-191317-11-1943 
Egghardt, Alfred17-02-192017-03-1996more 
Egger, Reinhard Karl11-12-190510-06-1987 
Eder, Georg-Peter08-03-192111-03-1986 
Ecker, Paul21-05-191327-02-1979more 
Emmenthal, Karl   
Ervil, Gheorgiu   
Eyrich, Waldemar   
Eyrich, Franz   
Eyerle, Ferdinand  more 
Eyer, Fritz   
Ewert, Paul   
Ewald, Wolfgang26-03-191124-02-1994 
Evers, Otto   
Everding, Rudolf21-09-191623-07-1999 
Euler, Karl   
Eulenberger, Kurt   
Euba, Franz   
Etzrodt, Werner   
Estl, Heinrich29-03-1919 more 
Esser, Konrad   
Esser, Hubert   
Eschrich, Otto   
Eschmann, Otto   
Eschenbacher, Kurt  more 
Eschenbach, Karl-Heinz   
Ertel, Johann   
Ernst, Wolfgang   
Ernst, Otto (WL-Sturzkampfgeschwader 1)   
Ernst, Heinz-Jürgen   
Ernst, Heinz   
Ermoneit, Helmut15-01-191918-04-1989 
Ermoneit, Karl-Heinz06-02-1921  
Erler, Hans   
Erkner, Walter   
Erjautz, Ernst   
Erdtmann, Günther   
Erdner, Alfred   
Erdmann, Walter   
Erdmann, Rudolph22-07-189714-05-1959 
Eppel, Walter   
Enzensberger, Josef21-08-191406-09-1975 
Enzenberger, Fritz   
Entrop, Johann   
Entleutner, Fritz   
Enßle, Alfred18-06-191226-05-1989 
Ensle, Wolfgang29-07-192027-09-2007 
Engstler, Karl   
Engster, Paul   
Engst, Heinz   
Engler, Johann   
Engler, Edmund   
Engels, Hans   
Engelmann, Rudolf   
Engelmann, Fritz   
Engelke, Rolf   
Engelhorn, Helmut   
Engelhorn, Eduard   
Engelhardt, Walter   
Engelhardt, Josef   
Engel, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Engel, Otto14-04-191930-01-2005 
Engel, Heinz   
Engel, Heinrich   
Engel, Franz06-11-189512-05-1965 
Engel, Alwin   
Enderlein, Max   
Emrich, Arthur04-10-1902 more 
Emminghaus, Albert   
Elvers, Jürgen   
Eltze, Otto   
Elsner, Heinz   
Elsner, Ernst   
Elsen, Alfred   
Elsberger, Franz08-06-191023-12-1944 
Elpers, Karl   
Ellmer, Konrad28-07-192109-12-1944 
Ellersiek, Erwin   
Ellerbrock, Theodor12-10-191104-10-2011 
Ellerbrock, Hans-Hermann   
Eller, Helmut   
Ellendt, Hans 25-05-2007more 
Ellenberg, Karl   
Elies, Heinrich  more 
Elicki, Ulrich   
Eitel, Emil06-06-191514-09-1944 
Eissner, Gerhard   
Eislöffel, Karl  more 
Eisermann, Edwin   
Eisenrieth, Hans-Joachim   
Eisenhut, Georg   
Eisenbarth, Rupprecht   
Eisenach, Franz11-08-191821-08-1998 
Eisel, Walter   
Einsiedler, Anton   
Einsiedel, Graf von, Heinrich26-07-192118-07-2007 
Einenkel, Kurt   
Eimermacher, Hugo  more 
Eilers, Ernst   
Eiffländer, Kurt   
Eickriede, Hans   
Eickmann, Walter   
Eickholt, Gottfried   
Eicker, Jakob   
Eickelbeck, Emil   
Eicke, Heinz   
Eicke, Bernd   
Eichwald, Kurt   
Eichwald, Friedrich   
Eichschmidt, Alfons   
Eichmeier, Friedrich   
Eichler, Horst28-06-192115-07-1943 
Eichin, Albert   
Eichhorn, Thomas   
Eichhorn, Horst   
Eichhorn, Franz   
Eichhorn, Ernst   
Eichel-Streiber, von, Diethelm10-08-191413-05-1996 
Eichelbaum, Ernst   
Eichblatt, Herbert   
Eibl, Johann   
Eibenstein, Rudolf02-07-189411-01-1984 
Eiben, Dr., Adolf   
Eiba, Jakob   
Ehrne, Alfons   
Ehrmann, Alois   
Ehrlich, Heinz   
Ehrhardt, Werner   
Ehrhardt, Peter   
Ehrenberger, Rudolf25-08-191508-03-1944more 
Ehrenberger, Erich   
Ehren, von, Hans-Joachim   
Ehm, Ludwig   
Ehling, Hans-Robert   
Ehlert, Günther   
Ehlers, Wolfgang   
Ehlers, Hans15-07-191427-12-1944 
Eglinger, Wilhelm   
Egler, Carl   
Eggert, Wolfgang   
Eggert, Helmut   
Eggers, Klaus   
Eggers, Hermann25-10-191422-04-2006 
Eggers, Hans   
Eggers, Emil13-04-1919 more 
Egger, Lorenz   
Egger, Josef   
Egen, Hans   
Edhofer, Heinz15-12-191727-05-1978 
Eden, Karl   
Edelhoff, Fritz   
Eckstein, Gerhard   
Eckert, Rolf   
Eckerscham, Roland   
Eckel, Heinrich   
Eckebrecht, Fritz08-05-191208-02-1973 
Eckardt, Sepp   
Eckardt, Reinhold26-03-191830-07-1942 
Eberwein, Manfred   
Ebertz, Hans   
Ebert, Werner (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader)   
Ebert, Werner (Lw-Transportgeschwader)   
Ebert, Walter   
Ebert, Jürgen   
Ebert, Fritz   
Ebert, Fredo   
Eberspächer, Helmut18-11-191519-06-2011 
Ebersberger, Kurt11-02-191424-10-1943more 
Ebersbach, Hans19-05-192131-05-1944 
Eberlein, Siegfried   
Eberle, Josef (Lw-Schlachtgeschwader)   
Eberl, Josef   
Eberhard, Hans (Lw-Fliegergeschwader)   
Ebener, Kurt04-05-192007-05-1975 
Ebeling, Karl-Heinz   
Ebeling, Ernst22-11-191916-01-1991 
Ewe, Alexander16-05-190420-03-1961more 
Evers, Hinrich   
Eutebach, Paul   
Eschwei, Karl-Georg   
Esch, von der, Dietrich31-01-191529-09-1944 
Erhardt, Wolfgang14-03-1907  
Erdmann, Heinrich15-07-190819-03-1992 
Erdmann, Gerhard   
Engemann, Karl23-02-190914-12-1941 
Engelhardt, Paul   
Engelhardt, Conrad26-03-189828-10-1973 
Engel, Herbert29-01-191204-01-1991 
Engel, Heinrich22-08-1898  
Endler, Ernst   
Enders, Otto   
Endell, Werner05-03-189423-12-1985 
Elser, Siegfried   
Elf, Adolf   
Elbing, Alfons12-07-190706-02-1942 
Eizinger, Wendelin   
Eisenberger, Fritz   
Eigenbrod, Erwin   
Eicken, von, Kurt   
Eicken, von, Heinrich   
Eick, Alfred09-03-191612-04-2015 
Ehler, Arthur21-09-1905  
Eggert, Lothar   
Eggers, Helmut   
Eggers, Heinrich   
Eger, Kurt   
Edenhofner, Anton   
Eckelberg, Wilhelm   
Eberhardt, Werner26-01-191601-05-1944 
Etzler, Gustav   
Etterich, Harald   
Esterl, Sepp   
Ertl, Hans   
Ertel, Otto   
Ernst, Johannes   
Erlbeck, Herbert   
Erhard, Georg   
Engelken, Gerhard08-01-1913 more 
Engel, Adolf   
Endemann, Franz   
Endell, Egon02-05-191101-01-1945 
Ellwanger, Gottlob   
Elfering, Norbert07-07-191713-02-1943 
Eisenmann, Wilhelm06-12-191202-10-1943more 
Eigler, Johann31-01-1913 more 
Eidens, Johann   
Eichner, Anton   
Eichert, Werner   
Ehrhardt, Edmund   
Ehrath, Fritz09-08-190920-08-1972 
Egger, Paul26-11-191612-07-2007 
Effmann, Willi   
Effenberger, Herbert   
Eberstein, von, Ernst (SS-Panzergr.-Regiment 4)19-07-1913  
Exinger, August10-06-1921  
Endres, Wilhelm-Werner17-01-1918  
Ehrmeier, Josef04-06-1912  
Ehm, Ewald30-12-191920-02-2015more 
Eckert, Hans01-06-191611-07-1974more 
Eckert, Fritz20-03-191429-07-1972more 
Eysser, Oskar20-12-191123-06-1959 
Eysen, August   
Exler, Leo   
Ewringmann, Hugo   
Ewigleben, Wilhelm   
Ewert, Wolf31-07-190516-03-1994more 
Ewert, Herbert04-02-189401-02-1988 
Ewen, Nikolaus   
Evers, Herbert   
Evers, Helmuth   
Evers, August-Adolf   
Euling, Fritz   
Euler, Werner   
Euler, Fritz   
Eulenlehner, Xaver   
Eulenburg, Graf zu, Jonas Kasimir26-07-190108-04-1945more 
Eulen, Emmo   
Eul, Peter   
Eubeler, Hans   
Etzien, Heinz   
Etz, Ernst   
Ettner, Michael18-07-190213-04-1945 
Ettinger, Kurt   
Estor, Fritz   
Esther, Heinz   
Esterriedt, Werner   
Esteban-Infantes Martín, Emilio18-05-189206-09-1962 
Eßwein, Bernhard   
Essigke, Gerhard   
Esser, Wilhelm   
Esser, Josef   
Esser, Fritz   
Esper, Otto   
Esebeck, Freiherr von, Walter   
Esebeck, Freiherr von, Hans-Karl10-07-189205-01-1955more 
Eschenbacher, Georg06-11-191409-01-1944 
Eschenbach, Hermann   
Esche, Johannes   
Esche, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Esch, Jakob25-07-1921  
Erythropel, Hermann29-05-1910  
Ersepke, Rudolf   
Ernst, Wendelin   
Ernst, Theodor03-09-191821-08-1943 
Ernst, Otto (Grenadier-Regiment)25-10-191409-07-1944more 
Ernst, Karl   
Ernst, Karl   
Ernst, Heinrich   
Ernst, Dieter   
Ernst, Bernhard   
Erlwein, Wilhelm   
Erler, Josef   
Erler, Dr., Christian   
Erl, Rudolf   
Erke, Walter   
Erhardt, Kurt   
Erhardt, Ernst (Grenadier-Regiment 61)   
Erdweg, Anton   
Erdtmann, Helmut   
Erdmannsdorff, von, Werner26-07-189105-06-1945more 
Erdmannsdorf, von, Gottfried25-04-189330-01-1946more 
Erdmann, Wolfgang   
Erdmann, von, Alexander   
Erdmann, Karl-Heinz   
Erdmann, Joachim   
Erdmann, Hans-Wilhelm   
Erdmann, Hans25-12-191607-12-1942 
Erdmann, Armin24-01-191321-07-1961 
Erdmann, Anton   
Erdelkamp, Wilhelm   
Erbse, Ewald   
Erb, Karl-Otto   
Erb, Franz   
Eppler, Werner   
Epplen, Gerhard   
Epple, Wilhelm   
Eppendorff, Henning   
Eppel, Johann   
Epp, Franz   
Enzinger, Albert   
Enzenhofer, Alphons   
Entz, Walter   
Entian, Wilhelm   
Ensinger, Willy   
Enseleit, Heinz   
Ennulat, Franz   
Ennulat, Emil   
Enichlmayr, Johann   
Engstler, Wilhelm   
Engst, Rudolf   
Engst, Franz   
Englisch, Helmut   
Englert, Willi   
Engler, Helmut   
Engler, Hans   
Engler, Erich   
Engler, Alfred04-05-190912-05-1973 
Englbrecht, August   
Engl, Josef   
Engfer, Herbert   
Engfer, Alfred30-11-191503-09-1942 
Engels, Wilhelm   
Engels, Josef   
Engelmayer, Eduard   
Engelmann, Wilhelm   
Engelmann, Richard30-12-191919-10-1944 
Engelmann, Hubert   
Engelmann, Heinz   
Engelmann, Albert   
Engelke, Heinz   
Engelke, Gerhard   
Engelien, Hans30-05-191309-05-1945more 
Engelien, Fritz04-01-191724-11-1981 
Engelhardt, Otto08-06-1896 more 
Engelhardt, Kurt25-03-191404-12-1987 
Engelhardt, Helmut   
Engelhardt, Günter10-01-189824-02-1975 
Engelbrecht-Greve, Ernst   
Engelbrecht, Richard   
Engelbrecht, Ludwig   
Engelbrecht, Georg   
Engelbrecht, Erwin (WH-Panzer-Regiment 36)   
Engel, Walter   
Engel, von, Wichard   
Engel, von, Hans-David   
Engel, Viktor   
Engel, Paul   
Engel, Karl   
Engel, Hans   
Engel, Günter   
Engel, Ernst   
Endres, Josef   
Endorf, Walter   
Endler, Carl-August17-12-189319-07-1957 
Endiger, Erwin   
Enderweit, Fritz   
Enders, Rudolf   
Enders, Herbert   
Enders, Heinrich   
Endemann, Hans   
Ende, Karl   
Empl, Josef   
Emminghaus, Otto-Friedrich   
Emmerling, Heinz03-11-191023-11-1977 
Emendoerfer, Wilhelm   
Elwert, Karl05-10-1916  
Elverfeldt, Freiherr von, Harald06-02-190006-03-1945 
Elster, Wolfgang05-04-189715-02-1944more 
Elsner, Herbert   
Elsner, Gerhard01-02-1914  
Elsner, Dr., Theodor   
Elsig, Andreas   
Elser, Richard   
Ellrott, Wilhelm   
Ellmer, Fritz   
Elling, Ernst   
Ellguth, Franz   
Ellfeldt, Hans-Günther   
Ellert, Kurt   
Eller, Otto   
Ellendt, Franz   
Elflein, Walter10-12-191430-12-2000more 
Elflein, Edmund   
Elfgang, Josef   
Elfeldt, Otto10-10-189523-10-1982 
Elchlepp, Johannes "Hans"03-10-190224-01-1943 
Elbl, Josef   
Elbert, Adam   
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Eitner, Otto   
Eismann, Alex01-03-1914 more 
Eismann, Hans-Georg   
Eisl, Alois21-10-191226-12-2006 
Eisinger, Ludwig   
Eisgruber, Karl02-12-190525-04-1980 
Eisgruber, Georg   
Eisermann, Johannes08-02-190003-05-1976 
Eisenmenger, Kunibert   
Eisenmann, Franz   
Eisenheim, Heinz   
Eisenhart-Rothe, von, Hans-Henning   
Eisenblätter, Erich14-01-192009-08-1996 
Eisenberg, Karl   
Eisenbach, Günther   
Eisen, Philipp   
Eisele, Wilhelm   
Eisele, Franz   
Eisele, Aloisius22-02-191404-12-2008more 
Eisele, Adolf   
Einsiedel, Graf von, Wittigo   
Einhellinger, Georg05-06-1921  
Einfeldt, Willy   
Einem, von, Kurt   
Einbrodt, Günther   
Einbecker, Nikolaus   
Einbeck, Eberhard05-05-1908  
Eimers, Wilhelm   
Eimers, Georg   
Eimannsberger, von, Robert01-05-191925-01-1943 
Eimannsberger, von, Ludwig Karl Edmund Alexander31-10-191028-04-1951more 
Eilhauer, Kurt   
Eilert, Hermann   
Eilermann, Gerhard   
Eilers, Friedrich   
Eigenfeldt, Franz09-09-1911  
Eifler, Horst   
Eifert, Friedrich   
Eidt, Otto   
Eidel, Alfred23-05-191023-06-1944 
Eidam, Heinrich   
Eickermann, Friedrich   
Eickmann, Josef   
Eick, x   
Eichner, Wilhelm   
Eichner, Otto   
Eichner, Josef13-08-1913  
Eichlinger, Anton   
Eichler, Richard03-04-190331-01-1943 
Eichler, Harry   
Eichler, Alfred   
Eichinger, Georg   
Eichhorst, Dietrich31-07-191919-12-1943more 
Eichhorn, Heinrich   
Eichhorn, Ewald   
Eichert, Hans-Henning25-01-191709-07-1943 
Eichendorff, Friedrich-Wilhelm   
Eichenberg, Gottfried   
Eichel, Willi   
Eichel, von, Otto   
Eich, Heinrich   
Ehrnsperger, Anton   
Ehrlicher, Kurt   
Ehrlicher, Andreas   
Ehrl, Josef   
Ehrk, Gustav   
Ehrig, Werner22-04-189731-01-1981