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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

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abbas, Horst07-09-1910  
Abbaß, Heinz-Dietrich (Schützen-Regiment 11)   
Abbel, Heinrich   
Abbinghoff, Hugo   
Abel, Adolf Wilhelm (161. Infanterie-Division)18-10-191426-08-1944more 
Abel, Edmund (Radfahr-Sicherungs-Regiment 2)   
Abel, Eugen (Fallschirm-Lehr-Abteilung)20-12-1917  
Abel, Friedrich (Panzer-Abteilung 21)   
Abel, Fritz-Wilhelm (Kampfgeschwader 3 "Blitz")28-11-191902-03-1945more 
Abel, Hans (Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23)   
Abel, Ulrich, Dr. ('U-193')03-03-191223-04-1944 
Abel, Walter (Kampfgeschwader 55 'Greif')   
Abel, Werner Ernst Hermann (Schützen-Regiment 33)22-05-191404-10-1943 
Abel, Wilhelm (Grenadier-Regiment 412)   
Abele, Anton (Nahaufklärungsgruppe 16)06-01-191527-08-1944 
Abele, Emil (Panzer-Regiment 35)14-05-191431-07-1993 
Abendroth, Heinz   
Abendroth, von, Ferdinand Max Karl04-01-191616-07-1944 
Aberle, Albert (Artillerie-Regiment 63)00-00-191200-00-1983 
Aberle, Heinrich Ferdinand (Inf.Reg. 282)21-11-188928-12-1941 
Ableiter, Walter   
Abraham, Erich Gottfried27-03-189507-03-1971more 
Abraham, Heinz   
Abraham, Richard   
Abraham, Siegfried   
Abrahamczik, Rudolf17-04-192004-12-1996 
Abratis, Herbert Karl21-03-191829-03-1945more 
Abs, Gerhard  more 
Abschlag, Wilhelm   
Absmeier, Friedrich   
Abt, Ernst   
Achatz, Hans   
Achatz, Josef   
Achenbach, Heinrich   
Achenbach, Heinz   
Achenbach, Herbert   
Achenbach, Kurt   
Achilles, Paul   
Achter, Michael   
Achtermann, Wilhelm (Pz.Art.Reg.19)28-03-192410-04-1945 
Ackemann, Walter (Artillerie-Regiment 10)05-03-1897  
Acker, Ernst   
Acker, Hermann12-02-1915  
Ackermann, Ewald (Artillerie-Regiment 185)   
Ackermann, Georg (KG 53 'Legion Condor')12-03-191816-12-2007more 
Ackermann, Heinz (Kampfgeschwader 6)   
Ackermann, Herbert ('U-185')29-12-191625-08-1943 
Ackermann, Karl (Artillerie-Regiment 293)   
Ackermann, Karl (Grenadier-Regiment 486)   
Ackermann, Karl (KG 4 'General Wever')   
Ackermann, Kurt (Feldersatz-Bataillon)   
Ackermann, Rüdiger (Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 16)   
Adam, Franz   
Adam, Gustav   
Adam, Günther   
Adam, Hans-Hermann (Artillerie-Regiment 333)10-08-1911 more 
Adam, Helmut (Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 192)01-10-191601-12-1942 
Adam, Hermann (Artillerie-Regiment 118)   
Adam, Kurt   
Adam, Kurt (WH-Generalmajor)08-07-189724-01-1973 
Adam, Walter   
Adam, Walter   
Adamczyk, Georg   
Adamek, Rudolf   
Adamowitsch, Felix (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 904)20-11-191910-02-2013 
Addicks, Nikolaus   
Adelhardt, Anton   
Adelhütte, Hans   
Adelsheimer, Ludwig   
Ademeit, Horst08-02-191207-08-1944more 
Aderhold, Kurt   
Adler, Ernst   
Adler, Franz   
Adler, Gerhardt   
Adler, Johannes   
Adler, Karl   
Adler, Oskar   
Adloff, Johannes   
Adolff, Heinz-Paul29-06-191417-07-1943 
Adolph, Günther14-11-1914 more 
Adolph-Auffenberg-Komarow, Gustav11-07-188708-02-1967more 
Adomeit, Reinhard   
Adrario, Friedrich29-11-191825-06-2011more 
Adrian, Peter   
Aechtner, Fritz04-03-191601-05-2007 
Aeckerle, Eugen   
Aepfelbach, Hermann (Grenadier-Regiment 453)   
Aermes, Helmut   
Affeldt, Werner   
Afheldt, Werner18-11-1908 more 
Agather, Gerhard   
Ager, Franz14-02-1915  
Agis, Hermann (Grenadier-Regiment 132)   
Agricola, Kurt15-08-188927-12-1955 
Agtha, Egon August29-01-191802-05-1945 
Ahlborn, Gustav   
Ahlers, Bruno03-11-1915 more 
Ahlers, Heinz   
Ahlers, Jürgen   
Ahlers, Kurt   
Ahlert, Wilhelm   
Ahles, Fritz   
Ahlfeld, Ernst   
Ahlgrim, Johann   
Ahls, Paul   
Ahnert, Heinrich-Wilhelm29-04-191523-08-1942 
Ahnert, Heinz17-07-1917  
Ahnert, Kurt   
Ahrends, Richard   
Ahrens, Friedrich06-05-1916 more 
Ahrens, Hans   
Ahrens, Heinrich   
Ahrens, Hinrich15-03-192131-12-2009more 
Ahrens, Paul   
Ahrens, Peter   
Ahrens, Ullrich   
Ahrens, Walter   
Ahrens, Werner   
Ahrens, Wilhelm "Willi"01-10-191226-08-1998 
Ahrndt, Werner   
Ahrweiler, Jakob   
Aich, Albert   
Aichele, Adolf   
Aichinger, Alfred   
Aichmeier, Alois   
Aichwalder, Josef   
Aigen, Reinhard20-05-191319-09-1943more 
Aigner, Anton30-11-191416-11-1999 
Aigner, Hellmuth18-12-1905 more 
Aigner, Hermann (Infanterie-Regiment 97)   
Aigner, Ludwig15-07-1916  
Aktun, Emil   
Aland, Wilhelm   
Alban, Karl   
Albat, Ernst18-05-191700-00-1992 
Alber, Karl   
Alber, Paul   
Albers, Bruno   
Albers, Carl   
Albers, Günther   
Albers, Hans (Lw-Aufklärungsgruppe)03-05-1914  
Albers, Hans (Lw-Wettererkundungsstaffel)   
Albers, Hans-Peter20-11-191410-03-1956more 
Albers, Hans-Wilhelm12-06-191404-06-1944more 
Albers, Josef   
Albers, Walter17-01-192322-08-1943 
Albers, Wilhelm   
Albers, Willy   
Albersmeier, Karl   
Albersmeier, Ludwig   
Albert, d', Benvenuto24-10-1919  
Albert, Ekkehard   
Albert, Heinz   
Albert, Wilhelm (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 35)24-04-191715-12-2004more 
Alberts, Hermann ('Z-31')06-03-190523-04-1988 
Alberts, Otto22-02-189310-12-1943more 
Albohm, Wilhelm19-03-192207-08-2001 
Albowitz, Herbert   
Albrand, Karl Wolf15-05-189911-11-1962 
Albrand, Walter   
Albrecht, Bernhold   
Albrecht, Egon19-05-191825-08-1944more 
Albrecht, Ernst   
Albrecht, Erwin   
Albrecht, Fritz Wilhelm Karl23-12-190529-04-1977more 
Albrecht, Gerhard30-11-1911  
Albrecht, Hans   
Albrecht, Hans-Joachim18-03-192000-02-1945more 
Albrecht, Heino09-03-192126-10-1995 
Albrecht, Heinz  more 
Albrecht, Karl-Heinz   
Albrecht, Kurt24-02-188902-09-1968more 
Albrecht, Oskar   
Albrecht, Siegfried   
Albrecht, Walter08-05-191423-05-1944 
Albrecht, Werner   
Albrink, Ludwig   
Aldenhoff, Theodor   
Aldinger, Hermann (Flak-Regiment)22-07-190701-11-1993 
Aldrian, Eduard26-04-188801-10-1955 
Aldrian, Franz20-09-1895 more 
Aleith, Günter   
Alex, Heinz-Eberhard   
Alexander, Heinz   
Alexy, Hans24-02-191907-06-2007 
Alfons, Richard   
Algermissen, Walter   
Alheid, Heinrich   
Alker, Georg   
Allard, Fritz   
Allendinger, Georg   
Allersmeier, Heinz24-03-191723-03-2001more 
Allesch, von, Ernst   
Allexi, Josef11-06-1914  
Allgeier, Heinrich   
Allmacher, Friedrich "Fritz"03-12-191426-12-1944more 
Allmendinger, Emil   
Allner, Ernst   
Alm, Werner04-05-1917 more 
Aloè, Herbert13-07-1914  
Aloys, Günter   
Alpers, Friedrich Ludwig Herbert25-03-190103-09-1944more 
Alschner, Heinrich   
Alsleben, Dietrich (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912)06-04-192022-02-1945 
Alt, Franziskus   
Alten, von, Donald16-03-1897  
Alten, von, Ernst17-04-1913  
Altenaichinger, Robert03-01-192000-02-1994 
Altenburg, Hans03-02-189401-05-1945 
Altenburger, Günther ("U 515")19-09-191423-03-2009 
Altendorf, Heinz26-02-191714-09-2008 
Alteneder, Dr., Friedrich07-04-190912-01-1987 
Altengarten, Manfred (PAA 'Hermann Göring')   
Altenhain, Gerhard   
Alter, Max17-01-191015-03-2001 
Altermiller, Leopold   
Althoff, Hans-Jürgen   
Althüser, Wilhelm   
Althöfer, Heinrich   
Altmaier, Hermann (Infanterie-Regiment 208)   
Altmann, Friedrich Wilhelm (Inf.Reg.438)27-07-189727-08-1943 
Altmann, Gerhard (Kampfgeschwader 77) 00-01-1942 
Altmann, Karl (Panzerjäger-Abteilung 160)01-11-191220-09-1942 
Altmann, Klaus (Kampfgeschwader 100 'Wiking')15-07-191812-10-1942 
Altmann, Kurt (Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 28)   
Altmayer, Peter   
Altner, Richard Herbert   
Altrichter, Dr., Friedrich03-09-189014-04-1949 
Altstötter, Josef04-01-189213-11-1979 
Alvermann, Hermann (Panzergrenadier-Regiment 74)   
Alwardt, Claus   
Alwins, Horst   
Amann, Johann (Grenadier-Regiment 187)   
Amann, Josef (Kampfgeschwader 100 'Wiking')   
Amann, Thomas31-08-190102-02-1944 
Amberger, Anton (Grenadier-Regiment 131)   
Ambichl, Franz   
Ambos, Helmuth25-07-1912  
Ambos, Johann "Hans"05-12-1920 more 
Ambros, Walter   
Ambrosius, Dr., Lothar11-05-190309-01-1971more 
Ambrosius, Fritz   
Ambrosius, Wilhelm14-06-190319-09-1955more 
Ambrosy, Gerhard   
Amelong, Heinz   
Amelung, Heinz-Günther09-04-191726-12-1964 
Amft, Friedrich   
Amhoff, Lothar   
Amlacher, Kurt01-05-192102-05-1945more 
Amling, Hans  more 
Amman, Ewald   
Ammann, Lothar   
Ammann, Paul05-08-192009-08-1991 
Ammeling, Bernhard22-01-191708-07-1943more 
Ammer, Hermann08-03-191409-12-2000more 
Ammermann, Rolf13-07-190923-03-1945 
Ammon, Erich   
Ammon, Lothar (Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 190)   
Amon, Kurt   
Amort, Karl   
Amsel, Georg   
Amselgruber, Thomas   
Amthor, Richard   
Amtmann, Baptist   
Anacker, Friedrich (Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 191)   
Ancker, Erich   
Anderle, Johann   
Anders, Alfred   
Anders, Alfred (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Anders, Carl Ulrich Ernst Paul31-08-189328-01-1972 
Anders, Eberhard   
Anders, Georg   
Anders, Gerd   
Anders, Gerhard   
Anders, Helmut   
Anders, Herbert   
Anders, Richard03-01-191509-09-1993more 
Anders, Walter   
Anders, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 3)   
Anders, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader x)   
Anders, Willi   
Andersch, Eugen   
Andersen, Ernst-August (Pio.Btl.196)20-07-1914  
Andersen, Heinrich   
Andexer, Günther   
Andorfer, Anton23-12-191911-04-1945more 
Andoy, Eduard   
André, Harro19-06-191702-03-1943 
André, Karl24-05-189422-01-1985 
Andreae, Hugo   
Andreae, Wolf13-07-189818-12-1991more 
Andreas, Adolf   
Andree, Konrad   
Andres, Erich31-08-1919  
Andres, Ernst19-09-192111-02-1945more 
Andres, Josef 31-01-1945 
Andresen, Julius   
Andress, Martin   
Andrews, Walter   
Andrä, Heinrich08-07-1915 more 
Andrä, Heinz03-09-1921  
Andy, Jakob   
Anersch, Ludwig   
Angelmaier, Heinz (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 279)22-07-191812-01-2014more 
Angenendt, Anton   
Angerbauer, Alfred   
Angerer, Hermann   
Angerer, Maximilian   
Angermann, Karl   
Angermeier, Josef   
Angern, Günther05-03-189302-02-1943more 
Angerstein, Karl04-12-189020-09-1985more 
Anhalt, Georg   
Anhalt, Günther (SS-Polizei-Rgt. 2)23-01-190627-04-1945more 
Anhalt, Wilhelm28-03-191713-06-1979more 
Anhorn, Gustav   
Aniol, Georg   
Aniszewski, Bruno26-03-1919  
Anker, Franz   
Anlauf, Heinrich   
Anlauft, Karl-Heinz15-05-191600-00-1977 
Annen, Johann   
Annewanter, Michael   
Annuss, Gottfried Julius Karl09-03-191227-10-1985 
Ansat, John23-02-189028-08-1970 
Anselm, Karl   
Anstaedt, Max   
Antensteiner, Wilhelm   
Antes, Paul   
Anton, Heinz   
Anton, Werner-Rudolf03-04-189512-09-1948more 
Antrup, Wilhelm "Willy"01-02-191014-11-1984more 
Anz, Otto   
Anzengruber, Franz   
Anzenhofer, Hermann05-06-192425-04-1945 
Anzer, Hans   
Anzinger, Johann   
Anzinger, Max02-09-192012-01-1944 
Apel, Friedrich-Carl   
Apel, Heinrich12-06-1913  
Apelt, Fedor14-10-190415-04-1988more 
Apfelbaum, Erwin   
Apitzsch, Karl-Arthur25-10-192001-01-1943 
Appelmann, Friedrich   
Appelt, Horst19-12-1915 more 
Appen, von, Karl   
Aprath, von, Hans   
Apsel, Friedrich   
Arch, Johann   
Arend, Heinrich   
Arend, Wilhelm   
Arendt, Gerhard   
Arendt, Velten-Reinhardt28-03-191923-03-1945 
Arens, Friedrich   
Arens, Hubert   
Arenstorff, von, Hans-Adolf18-10-189505-05-1952 
Arius, Manfred   
Arm, Heinz   
Armbruster, Berthold   
Armbruster, Walter   
Armbruster, Werner   
Armer, Josef   
Armstark, Hugo   
Arndt, Erich (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 27)   
Arndt, Erich (Lw-Nachtjagdgeschwader 3)   
Arndt, Franz (Wh-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 93)   
Arndt, Franz (Wh-Pionier-Bataillon 263)   
Arndt, Gerhard   
Arndt, Heinz (Lw-Aufklärungsgruppe 12)   
Arndt, Heinz (Wh-Grenadier-Regiment 412)   
Arndt, Hermann   
Arndt, Johannes07-10-190606-07-1944more 
Arndt, Josef   
Arndt, Karl Hermann10-03-189230-12-1981more 
Arndt, Martin   
Arndt, Max   
Arndt, Oskar   
Arndt, Paul   
Arndt, Willy   
Arnim, Freiherr von, Hans   
Arnim, Graf von, Franz   
Arnim, von, Gustav Adolf   
Arnim, von, Hans-Jürgen   
Arnim, von, Harald   
Arnim, von, Max   
Arning, Karl Eduard Friedrich10-02-189217-11-1964 
Arnold, Alfred (SS Sturmbannführer)02-01-191510-10-1944more 
Arnold, Erich   
Arnold, Ewald   
Arnold, Franz   
Arnold, Friedrich   
Arnold, Friedrich (WH-Sturmgeschütz)10-05-191901-09-2006 
Arnold, Hans   
Arnold, Hans   
Arnold, Harry   
Arnold, Heinrich   
Arnold, Heinz12-02-1919  
Arnold, Herbert   
Arnold, Karl-Horst10-03-1918 more 
Arnold, Rudolf   
Arnold, Rudolf   
Arnold, Walter   
Arnoldi, von, Friedrich   
Arnoldt, Johannes   
Arnshoff, Wilhelm   
Arnswaldt, von, Hans-Jürgen   
Arntz, Gerd   
Artelt, Erich   
Arzt, Albert   
Asam, Rudolf   
Asbahr, Erhardt14-03-191417-07-1943 
Asboeck, Wilhelm   
Aschatz, Hans   
Aschauer, Franz   
Asche, Wilhelm   
Aschenbach, Bernhard   
Aschenbrenner, Johann   
Aschenbrenner, Josef   
Aschenbrenner, Josef (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Aschermann, Hartmut   
Aschka, Hans   
Aschmann, Frank   
Aschmann, Otto   
Aschoff, Dr., Albrecht11-04-189911-08-1972more 
Aschoff, Philipp   
Asel, Alfred   
Asendorf, Wilhelm27-11-1920 more 
Asshoff, Bruno15-02-1914  
Assmann, Adolf   
Assmann, Dr.med.dent., Walter22-07-189601-05-1964more 
Assum, Martin   
Astegher, Hans15-07-1916  
Aster, Hans-Heinrich28-10-1921 more 
Attenberger, Georg (Infanterie-Regiment 19)   
Atzl, Ernst   
Atzl, Hermann   
Au, Oskar   
Au, von der, Friedrich   
Aubeck, Ludwig   
Auberger, Josef (Infanterie-Regiment 61)19-03-191908-04-2010more 
Aubrecht, Hermann   
Audörsch, Oskar27-02-189805-06-1991 
Auer, Alfons   
Auer, Franz   
Auer, Konrad   
Auer, Rupert   
Auerhammer, Otto   
Auert, Heinz11-06-192118-02-2002 
Auerweck, Vitus   
Auffarth, Wilhelm   
Auffenberg, Otto   
Auffermann, Albrecht   
Auffermann, Hans   
Auffhammer, Fritz28-11-191414-06-2002 
Aufseß, Freiherr von und zu, Theodor   
Augenstein, Hans-Heinz11-07-192106-12-1944 
Augenstein, Rudolf   
Augsberger, Franz Xaver Josef Maria "Franz"10-10-190519-03-1945more 
Augst, Ferdinand   
Augsten, Rudolf   
August, Friedrich   
August, Max   
Augustin, Hans05-08-1905 more 
Augustin, Herbert   
Augustin, Hermann   
Augustin, Lothar   
Auksutat, Werner   
Auleb, Helge01-03-188714-04-1964 
Aulepp, Hermann   
Aulerich, Werner14-01-191609-04-1945 
Aulhorn, Herbert02-10-191407-12-1988 
Aulich, Hubert   
Aulock, von, Andreas Maria Karl23-03-189323-06-1968 
Aumann, Heinz   
Aumund, Friedrich Wilhelm   
Auras, Joachim   
Auras, Wolfgang   
Ausländer, Rudolf   
Aust, Friedrich   
Aust, Konrad   
Aust, Kurt   
Aust, Wendelin   
Austen, Alfons   
Austen, Hans27-07-191824-01-1994 
Auswald, Karl   
Autenrieth, Hans 08-06-1996 
Auwärter, Helmut   
Avramescu, Gheorghe26-01-188603-03-1945 
Axt, Hartmut   
Axthammer, Erich Michael03-12-192021-12-2015 
Axthelm, von, Rolf   
Axtmann, Walter   
Ayerle, Ludwig   
Ayrer, Lothar04-11-188912-12-1944 
Aßenmacher, Engelbrecht   
Aßmann, Erich   
Aßmuth, Heinrich   

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