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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Reiter, Hans* April 20th, 1920
† August 15th, 1944

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Reiter, Kurt* May 17th, 1913

Reißmüller, Richard* March 29th, 1908

Rekowski, von, Siegfried* July 9th, 1896
† May 9th, 1990

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Remer, Otto-Ernst* August 18th, 1912
† October 4th, 1997

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Remlinger, Heinrich* September 27th, 1913
† 1951

Remmer, Hans* August 17th, 1920
† April 2nd, 1944

Remmert, Heinz-Hermann* March 28th, 1922
† April 29th, 2017

Remold, Josef* January 13th, 1902
† October 9th, 1985

Rendulic, Dr., Lothar* October 23rd, 1887
† January 17th, 1971

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Renisch, Paul-Ernst* July 2nd, 1917
† January 25th, 1998

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Rennecke, Rudolf* June 19th, 1915
† March 3rd, 1986

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Rennefahrt, Paul* July 4th, 1916
† January 30th, 1943

Renner, Horst* January 19th, 1920

Rennert, Johann* April 9th, 1917

Renschler, Helmut* April 18th, 1920
† November 5th, 1999

Rentschler, Emil Heinrich* March 29th, 1912
† December 28th, 1984

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Rentzow, Adolf-Friedrich* July 29th, 1917
† June 1st, 1944

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Rentzsch, Werner* January 20th, 1921

Renz, Joachim* October 5th, 1919
† October 23rd, 1944

Renz, von, Otto-Wilhelm* November 3rd, 1891
† January 16th, 1968

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Resch, Anton* November 26th, 1921
† July 16th, 1975

Resch, Rudolf* April 7th, 1914
† July 11th, 1943

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Reschke, Willi* February 3rd, 1922
† July 5th, 2017

Rettberg, Rudolf* November 25th, 1916
† October 28th, 1981

Rettberg, von, Ralph* March 1st, 1911
† February 25th, 2004

Rettiek, Arthur* September 12th, 1921

Rettlinger, Karl* February 8th, 1913
† June 14th, 1990

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Retz, Martin* November 4th, 1912

Retzlaff, Karl* July 29th, 1914
† April 7th, 2003

Retzlaff, Wilhelm Karleman* March 27th, 1918
† April 1st, 1978

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Reunert, Emil* November 5th, 1915
† January 15th, 1945
Plot: 7 Grave: 62

Reusch, Ernst* September 10th, 1916
† January 26th, 1945

Reussner, Rudolf* January 10th, 1918
† December 18th, 1987

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Reuter, Alfred* July 10th, 1913
† October 11th, 1943

Reuter, Erich* March 30th, 1904
† October 30th, 1989

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Reuter, Joachim* January 23rd, 1895
† May 23rd, 1983

Reuter, von, Derfflinger* February 4th, 1915
† April 13th, 1945

Reuß, Franz* April 17th, 1904
† June 5th, 1992

Reuß, Prinz, Heinrich IV.* October 26th, 1919
† June 20th, 2012

Reuß, Prinz, Heinrich XXXVII.* August 1st, 1888
† February 9th, 1964

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Reymann, Hellmuth* November 24th, 1892
† December 12th, 1988

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Režòák, Ján* September 19th, 1907

Rhein, Joseph* May 8th, 1917
† February 15th, 2005

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Rhein, Karl-Ludwig* March 30th, 1894
† March 27th, 1988

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Ribbentrop, von, Rudolf* May 11th, 1921
† May 20th, 2019

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Riccardi, Arturo* October 30th, 1878
† December 20th, 1966

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Richert, Johann-Georg* April 14th, 1890
† January 30th, 1946

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Richter, Eugen* November 3rd, 1896

Richter, Franz* October 1st, 1922
† 1980

Richter, Friedrich* August 27th, 1910
† June 16th, 1969

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Richter, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich "Fritz"* May 9th, 1911
† August 30th, 1989

Richter, Hans (Infanterie-Regiment 121)* April 15th, 1914
† September 22nd, 1944

Richter, Heinz (Kampfgeschwader 77)* February 3rd, 1913
† June 2nd, 1943

Richter, Joachim* July 28th, 1896
† March 19th, 1970

Richter, Johannes (KM-Uboot)* August 7th, 1914
† July 3rd, 2005

Richter, Johannes (LW-Nachtjagdflieger)* September 20th, 1917
† April 24th, 2008

Richter, Richard* February 4th, 1917
† May 20th, 1988

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Richter, Rudolf (Infanterie-Regiment 97)* August 13th, 1894
† May 8th, 1945

Richter, Werner (263.Infanterie-Division)* October 21st, 1898
† June 3rd, 1944

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Richter, Wilhelm* September 19th, 1892
† February 4th, 1971

Richtermeier, Artur* November 23rd, 1919

Riebel, Gustav-Adolf* March 13th, 1896
† August 23rd, 1942

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Riechers, Heinz* August 2nd, 1920
† December 10th, 1942

Riecken, Werner* June 8th, 1912
† April 29th, 1945

Rieckhoff, Herbert* December 25th, 1898
† November 30th, 1948

Riecks, Walter Adolf Albert* September 21st, 1917
† June 3rd, 1973

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Ried, Franz* August 25th, 1921

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Ried, Pius* February 5th, 1915
† February 28th, 1977

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Riedel, Franz* December 2nd, 1921
† May 17th, 2001

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Riedel, Willi* November 10th, 1909
† February 10th, 1982

Riedesel Freiherr zu Eisenbach, Volprecht Konrad* December 10th, 1912
† February 9th, 1945

Riedl, Hans* February 4th, 1919
† April 22nd, 2007

Rieger, Joachim* March 9th, 1914
† December 2nd, 1941

Rieger, Siegfried* February 19th, 1915
† February 13th, 1999

Riehl, Wilhelm* May 25th, 1916
† February 12th, 1944
Plot: 27 Row: 7 Grave: 714

Riemann, Willi* March 24th, 1914
† December 30th, 1990

Riepe, Julius* December 18th, 1903
† June 22nd, 1983

Rieve, Friedrich* June 27th, 1896
† February 16th, 1981

Rieve, Johannes* June 10th, 1892
† May 7th, 1950

Riewe, Gustav* July 2nd, 1918

Ringenberg, Carl* July 12th, 1898

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Rink, Hubert* November 23rd, 1919

Rintelen, Josef* March 7th, 1897
† July 14th, 1981

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Risse, Walther* December 13th, 1892
† June 21st, 1965

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Ritgen, Helmut* March 10th, 1916
† February 7th, 2013

Ritgen, Udo* June 26th, 1916
† October 11th, 2010

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Ritkowski, Karl* July 13th, 1915
† July 15th, 1944

Rittberg, Graf von, Georg* May 30th, 1898
† June 6th, 1973

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Rittel, Hans* May 14th, 1914
† May 6th, 1993

Ritter, Friedrich-Karl* May 3rd, 1900
† April 2nd, 1945

Ritter, Hans-Joachim* May 14th, 1919

Ritter, Hugo* January 16th, 1911
† May 10th, 1989

Ritter, Willi* January 8th, 1915

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Ritter, Willy* May 2nd, 1917
† April 4th, 1944

Ritterbecks, Hubert* April 23rd, 1909

Rittner, Artur* December 10th, 1904
† September 1944

Ritz, Otto* August 17th, 1920
† February 12th, 1945

Robra, Walter* January 30th, 1918
† May 15th, 1972

Rocha-Schmidt, da, Klaus* April 2nd, 1915
† July 14th, 1943

Rocholl, Rolf* December 8th, 1918
† August 23rd, 1943

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Rochow, von, Hans-Joachim* November 9th, 1892
† May 9th, 1960

Roden, von, Emmo* December 30th, 1892
† May 3rd, 1945

Rodenburg, Carl* May 17th, 1894
† November 5th, 1992

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Rodler von Roithberg, Hardo* February 14th, 1918
† February 14th, 1945

Rodt, Eberhard* December 4th, 1895
† December 14th, 1979

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Rodust, Werner* June 19th, 1897

Roeder, Ullrich* August 23rd, 1917

Roell, Werner* February 8th, 1914
† May 10th, 2008

Roesener, Paul-Gerhard* July 14th, 1899

Roestel, Erwin Franz Rudolf* May 4th, 1902
† November 24th, 1974

Roettig, Otto* July 22nd, 1887
† August 18th, 1966

Roewer, Herbert* June 10th, 1918
† March 5th, 1943

Roge, Alfred* June 1st, 1915
† May 12th, 1945

Rogmann, Wilhelm* April 5th, 1923

Rohde, Ernst-Dietrich Franz* August 23rd, 1916
† January 14th, 1943

Rohlfs, Kurt* December 24th, 1918
† May 8th, 1945

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Rohr, Hans* March 11th, 1912
† September 1st, 1998

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Rohrbach, Kurt† April 24th, 1942

Rohrbeck, Kurt* September 7th, 1914
† July 10th, 1992

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