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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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Schröder, Heinz (Kampfgeschwader)   
Schade, Eberhard20-02-191801-03-1945 
Schmoll, Richard22-03-191526-12-1943 
Schröder, Eduard (Nachtjagdgeschwader3)20-10-191828-08-1991 
Sieler, Ernst22-08-189306-10-1983 
Schury, Otto22-10-190311-12-1979 
Schönfelder, Werner   
Schacht, Gerhard "Eule"06-04-191607-02-1972 
Solleder, Gerd   
Seegerer, Georg12-09-192115-07-2002more 
Schmidt, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader x)04-11-1917  
Szeppat, Artur   
Sielmann, Wolfgang   
Schrembs, Rudolf   
Schröder, Heinz (Aufklärungsgruppe)14-11-1915  
Schneider, Heinz (Luftwaffe)   
Stuhlmacher, Hans-Georg04-06-1920  
Schmitt, Adolf   
Schmiedel, Rudi   
Schmidtborn, Max   
Schmeller, Theo   
Sachse, Hans-Karl   
Stübler, Anton   
Sommeregger, Johann   
Sachs, Karl Gustav Adolf05-02-188615-07-1952 
Strauch, Adolf   
Schäfer, Eberhard23-08-192409-04-1944 
Schultz, Siegfried   
Saint-Paul, von, Guy   
Strnad, Horst Rudolf   
Simm, Alfred12-07-191019-11-1973more 
Schmieder, Adolf   
Schmeisser, Herbert   
Sansonetti, Luigi22-02-188807-11-1959 
Spoden, Peter08-11-1921  
Stadler, Anton (VIII. Fliegerkorps)   
Schifferdecker, Hermann10-08-192126-01-2006 
Schömer, Hans16-12-191626-09-1942 
Svoboda Edler von Asticotal, von, Hubert29-12-1897  
Schellong, Conrad07-02-191007-02-1992 
Sipeer, Herbert   
Seewald, Ernst   
Schmid, Karl (Lw-Fallschirmjäger)   
Surges, Stefan   
Stahl, Walter   
Spiekermann, Hans   
Sandt, Otto   
Schilffarth, Ludwig22-11-189410-02-1966 
Strachwitz, Graf, Hyazinth02-05-1920  
Ströder, Klaus   
Schwarz, x   
Schwamberger, Otto   
Simson, Herbert   
Schneider, Josef (97. Jäger-Division)14-07-191426-04-1981more 
Seebach, Freiherr von, Werner   
Schäfer, Georg01-08-191418-01-1945 
Schellack, Horst25-06-1923 more 
Schwarz, Paul (Kriegsmarine)04-12-1905  
Schlodder, Wilhelm Helmut12-08-192011-06-2000 
Scharf, Konrad25-07-1916  
Spindler, Ludwig15-11-191027-12-1944more 
Skorzeny, Otto12-06-190805-07-1975more 
Schweim, Heinz-Herbert15-08-191520-08-1996more 
Schröter, Fritz (Flak-Regiment "Hermann Göring)   
Sunkel, Kurt  more 
Szech, Heinrich   
Szameitat, Paul19-12-191902-01-1944 
Szameitat, Alfred   
Sydow, Otto01-02-189624-06-1970 
Sydow, Helmut   
Syblik, Adolf   
Sy, Erwin21-08-191502-12-1942 
Swoboda, Hans   
Svec, Josef   
Süß, Ernst31-08-191220-12-1943 
Susemihl, Heinz   
Surau, Alfred   
Suraj, Johannes  more 
Sumpf, Hans27-03-191526-03-1942 
Südel, Heinrich23-04-192012-08-2011more 
Suckel, Heinz   
Suchtrunk, Josef   
Stüwe, Wilhelm   
Stüwe, Eberhard30-03-191406-06-1944 
Stutzbach, Erdmann   
Stuttmann, Otto   
Stute, Hans   
Stute, Bernhard   
Stürtz, Werner   
Sturmfels, Dieter   
Sturm, Heinrich12-06-192023-12-1944 
Stupp, Willi   
Stupening, Heinz26-08-192028-08-1942more 
Stümpfl, Adolf00-00-191600-00-1960 
Stumpf, Werner15-03-191713-10-1942 
Stumpe, Erich   
Stuhlberger, Wilhelm05-04-191700-00-1947more 
Studt, Karl   
Stüdemann, Gerhard19-06-192006-12-1998 
Stuchlick, Werner25-04-191928-11-1970 
Stuber, Kaspar   
Stubbe, Gerhard   
Strynar, Walter   
Stry, Herbert12-09-191621-09-1943more 
Strunk, Willi   
Strüning, Heinz13-01-191224-12-1944more 
Struckmeyer, Johannes   
Struckmeier, Ernst   
Strößenreuther, Karl   
Stronk, Wolfram  more 
Stromberg, Josef   
Strohmeyer, Karl-August   
Ströhmer, Willi   
Strohmaier, Johann   
Strobel, Paul09-04-190919-09-1943more 
Strobel, Otto   
Strobel, Fritz   
Strobel, Erwin   
Strobel, Bodo   
Strob, Heinz   
Stritter, Karl-Friedrich   
Striewsky, Erich   
Striegler, Friedrich   
Stridde, Herbert   
Strickmann, Kurt   
Strenk, Paul   
Stremme, Wilhelm   
Strelow, Gerhard   
Streit, Kurt   
Streicher, Lothar   
Streib, Werner13-06-191115-06-1986more 
Strehle, Siegfried   
Strecker, Günter   
Streb, Wilhelm   
Straznicky, Erwin16-01-191603-10-1942 
Strauß, Jakob   
Strauß, Hans   
Strauß, Albert   
Stratomeyer, Kurt   
Stratmann, Fritz   
Stratmann, Franz   
Stratmann, Ewald   
Straßmair, Hannes02-01-191516-03-1963 
Strassl, Hubert24-05-191808-07-1943 
Straßburger, Albert   
Stramm, Richard09-09-191401-01-1943 
Stramm , Erich   
Strakeljahn, Friedrich-Wilhelm07-09-191406-07-1944 
Straehler-Pohl, Günther29-07-191731-07-1980 
Stotz, Maximilian13-02-191219-08-1943more 
Storck, Hellmut   
Störchel, Helmut18-01-191305-02-2004 
Storch, Kurt   
Stolzewski, Willi   
Stolzewski, Alfred   
Stolte, Paul-August   
Stolte, Dr., Hermann   
Stolp, Heinz-Joachim   
Stollnberger, Johann "Hans"01-04-191904-08-2017 
Stolle, Bruno13-04-191522-01-2004 
Stoffregen, Willy   
Stoffregen, Erich13-04-191514-01-1943 
Stockmar, Rolf   
Stockmann, Karl   
Stocker, Heinz   
Stocker, Andreas   
Stöckel, Hans   
Stockburger, Wilhelm   
Stock, Ottmar   
Stock, Johann 15-01-1943more 
Stöber, Kurt   
Stirnemann, Heinz   
Stingl, Josef   
Stimpel, Walter29-11-191713-01-2008 
Stigler, Franz   
Stifter, Kurt19-04-191821-12-1942 
Stierhof, Hans-Veit   
Stieler, Hans-Karl   
Sticht, Alfred   
Stich, Alois   
Steurer, Wilhelm   
Steudel, Josef21-11-191704-05-2004more 
Steudel, Fritz27-04-191825-08-2004 
Steuber, Kurt   
Stets, Alfred   
Sterr, Heinrich24-09-191926-11-1944 
Sternberg, Horst   
Stern, Otto   
Sterl, Andreas23-05-191928-11-1997 
Steppacher, Günter   
Stepp, Hans Karl02-09-191412-12-2006more 
Stephani, Kurt15-08-190420-08-1944 
Stephan, Werner   
Stephan, Otto   
Stephan, Kurt   
Stephan, Kurt   
Stephan, Heinrich   
Stephan, Erich   
Stentzel, Erich   
Stengel, Walther   
Stendel, Fritz   
Stempfle, Gustav   
Stemmler, Wilhelm28-08-191215-05-1967 
Stemke, Walter   
Stelzner, Wilhelm   
Stellmacher, Horst   
Steis, Heinrich   
Steinwachs, Hans13-03-191514-02-1945 
Steins, Günther   
Steinmetz, Helmut   
Steinmann, Wilhelm15-01-191201-08-1966more 
Steinmann, Wilhelm   
Stein-Lausnitz, Klaus-Ulrich   
Steinke, Horst   
Steinkamp, Hans-Hermann08-10-192113-04-1952 
Steinhoff, Siegfried   
Steinhoff, Heinrich   
Steinhausen, Günter15-09-191706-09-1942 
Steinhagen, Gerhard   
Steiner, Richard   
Steiner, Kurt   
Steiner, Ewald-Rainer04-07-191900-00-1980 
Steiner, Anton   
Steinecke, Karl   
Steinbrückner, Wilhelm   
Steinbrück, Oskar   
Steinberger, Siegfried   
Steinberg, Karl-Heinz   
Steinbatz, Leopold25-10-191815-06-1942more 
Steinbach, Heinz   
Steinadler, Hans   
Steinacker, Fritz   
Stein, Werner05-02-191922-01-1963 
Stein, Siegfried   
Stein, Günther05-01-191921-02-2003 
Steiger, Hugo   
Stehr, Gerhard   
Stehle, Hugo   
Stehle, Fritz   
Stegmeier, Karl   
Steglich, Heinz   
Steger, Johann   
Steger, Emil   
Steffen, Ullrich   
Steffen, Robert27-02-191613-01-1995 
Steffen, Karl10-03-191808-08-1943 
Steffen, Helmut31-10-191514-11-2006 
Steffen, Hans (WL-Sturzkampfgeschwader 2)   
Stefaniak, Richard   
Stefaniak, Kurt   
Steckel, Erich   
Stawicki, Günther   
Stauss, Gustav   
Staunau, Hans-Werner   
Staud, Hans-Joachim   
Staud, Alfred   
Stauch, Eberhard   
Staub, Josef  more 
Starke, Rudolf   
Stärke, Hermann   
Starke, Heinrich "Heinz"08-01-192213-06-2001 
Starke, Günter   
Stärk, Otto   
Stark, Otto   
Stark, Andreas   
Starick, Kurt   
Starck, Gerhard   
Stanschus, Walter   
Stannek, Friedrich   
Stanjek, Gerhard   
Stangenberg, Franz   
Stange, Otto   
Stange, Günter   
Standke, Robert   
Standke, Alfred   
Ständer, Otto   
Stampfer, Josef   
Stamp, Gerhard03-06-192021-05-1998 
Stammerjohann, Gerhard14-12-192011-02-1943 
Stammer, Heinz   
Stamm, Ulrich   
Stamm, Gerhard   
Stallner, Ludwig   
Staiger, Hermann06-04-191522-06-1964 
Stahnke, Karl-Heinz06-11-191803-11-1957 
Stahnke, Karl   
Stahmer, Curt   
Stahlschmidt, Hans-Arnold15-09-192007-09-1942 
Stahlhut, Richard   
Stähler, Wilhelm-Heinrich23-09-192227-08-1978 
Stahl, Peter-Wilhelm   
Stahl, Ludwig   
Stahl, Karl-Heinz   
Stahl, Hendrik24-07-192125-01-2004 
Stahl, Albert   
Stagge, Fritz   
Stadlbauer, Max   
Stadermann, Wolfgang   
Stadelmaier, Eugen   
Sroka, Hans   
Sprung, Helmuth27-11-192114-10-1955 
Sprosse, Karl-Heinz   
Springler, Ludwig   
Spring, Georg 26-06-1944more 
Sprenger, Franz   
Sprecher, Hans   
Spranger, Johannes   
Spousta, Herbert   
Spohrer, Adolf "Bubi"28-08-191902-02-1997more 
Spohr, Wolfgang   
Spohr, Herbert   
Spohr, Erich   
Spitzner, Heinrich   
Spitzl, Rudolf   
Spitz, Anton  more 
Spittler, Georg   
Spira, Peter   
Spinnler, Helmut   
Spingler, Werner   
Spindler, Werner   
Spindler, Josef24-08-192324-03-1944 
Spieth, Gustav   
Spieth, Albert26-07-191504-10-1943 
Spies, Hans-Hinrich   
Spieler, Christian   
Spiegelberg, Manfred   
Spiegel, Karl   
Spetzler, Eberhard   
Sperling, Walter   
Sperling, Georg   
Spelly, Reinhold   
Spellig, Walter   
Spei, Bruno   
Speck, Alfred   
Specht, Leonhard   
Specht, Johann   
Specht, Günther13-11-191401-01-1945 
Specht, Adolf   
Späte, Wolfgang08-09-191130-04-1997 
Spantikow, Kurt   
Spankeren, von, Rudolf   
Spaniel, Wilhelm   
Spangenberg, Herbert   
Spang, Willibald   
Spak, Friedrich   
Späing, Ingo   
Spadiut, Hubert23-09-1922  
Soupup, Ludwig   
Söthe, Fritz   
Sorge, Helmut   
Sorge, Ernst   
Sopora, Johann   
Sontheimer, Ludwig   
Sonntag, Walter   
Sonntag, Siegfried   
Sonnenberg, Herbert   
Sonhütter, Hans   
Sommer, Wilhelm   
Sommer, Klaus   
Sommer, Karl-Heinz   
Sommer, Joachim   
Sommer, Hermann   
Sommer, Heinrich   
Sommer, Gerhard14-09-191912-05-1944 
Sommer, Erich   
Sommer, Adalbert   
Sölter, Willi18-07-191313-07-1995 
Soltau, Otto   
Söllner, Albrecht   
Sollianik-Krassa, Igor   
Solaro, Salvator   
Sohst, Werner   
Söffing, Waldemar   
Snowadzki, Albert   
Smrcek, Franz   
Smola, Rudolf03-08-191727-03-1945 
Slotta, Ernst   
Sledz, Erwin   
Slama, Josef   
Sladek, Josef   
Slaby, Wilhelm   
Slaby, Alois   
Skupin, Max   
Skrzipek, Eduard26-06-191725-02-1945 
Skrypsak, Wilhelm   
Skroka, Hans   
Skowronek, Willi   
Sittig, Friedrich   
Sittel, Ernst  more 
Sippel, Heinz   
Sinner, Rudi   
Sinn, Helmut   
Sinkwitz, Paul-Otto   
Singer, Horst   
Singer, Günther   
Singelmann, Heinz   
Simson, Alois   
Simon, Siegfried   
Simon, Rudolf   
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Simon, Günther   
Simmerl, Johannes   
Siller, Gerhard   
Silberbauer, Herbert   
Sigmund, Rudolf05-03-191503-10-1943 
Sigmund, Hans (Lw-Wettererkundungsstaffel)   
Sigloch, Philipp   
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Sievert, Hans   
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Sieper, Ernst   
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Siems, Hans   
Siemen, Hans   
Sieker, Johannes   
Siegmund, Manfred   
Siegmann, Walter   
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Siegler, Kurt   
Sieghart, Karl   
Siegert, Ernst   
Siegel, Albert   
Sieg, Klaus   
Siefert, Walter   
Siedler, Horst   
Siebert, Karl   
Siebert, Alfred (Kampfgeschwader 1)  more 
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Siebe, Hans   
Sickert, Kurt   
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Sewe, Hermann  more 
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Seubert, Hermann   
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Settgast, Johannes   
Seppel, Günther   
Sengschmidt, Fritz13-01-191911-01-1944 
Sengenberg, Oskar   
Senft, Johannes   
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Semmler, Otto   
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Sellhorn, Fritz   
Selle, Hans   
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Seiter, Hermann   
Seipt, Manfred   
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Seiler, Lothar   
Seiler, Helmut   
Seiler, Heinz   
Seigala, Hans   
Seiffert, Reinhardt   
Seiffert, Johann   
Seiffert, Horst   
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Seidler, Albert   
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