Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern

The Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords (Ridderkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuz mit Schwertern) was also instituted on 19-08-1940 and is identical to the Knight’s Cross without Swords except that in this version there are two swords placed diagonally through the Maltese cross. The Knight’s Cross was struck of genuine silver, with a silver grade variying from .800 to .950. In some cases the mint mark is stamped on the V, placed upside down on the lower arm of the cross. The weight of this award is 1.36 troy ounces. This award was meant for military, administrative personnel and civilians who had served bravely during combat or in the war effort, but which did not merit a Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross could not be awarded unless the candidate had already been awarded the War Merit Cross First and Second Class with Swords. The Knight’s Cross outranked the German Cross in silver (Deutsche kreuz in silber) but was lower in rank than the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. It is estimated that during WWII period, 211 Knight’s Crosses with Swords have been awarded, however not every award was published to protection the recipient's anonymity and/or his work. This applied to Dr. Ing. Ernst Blaicher, who was awarded the RK on 15-11-1943 for his achievements in tank production. Another case is that of Othmar Wolfran. (Luftwaffe Oberstleutnant) He was employed in the Generalstab der Deutschen Luftwaffe in Finnland. He was recalled to Berlin in the last days of the war, where he received the Knight’s Cross, he was subsequently promoted to a new post and shortly after was taken prisoner of war by the Russians.

The Knight’s Cross was awarded in a blue box, with a dark bleu velvet base with a hollowed out space to accomodate the cross and hanger. The lid was covered with white silk and the space above the hollow was intended to accommode the neck ribbon.

The criteria to be awarded the Knight’s Cross was that the recipient be previously awarded the War Merit Cross first and second class and that a recommendation be sent by the OKW or a State Minister to the Reichskanzlei for Hitler's personal approval.

Berger, Gottlob-Christian* July 16th, 1896
† January 5th, 1975

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Salmann, Otto05-07-190821-04-1970more 
Sauerbruch, Ferdinand-Ernst03-07-187502-07-1951 
Saur, Karl Otto16-06-190228-07-1966more 
Sawatzki, Albin06-10-190901-05-1945 
Schach, Gerhard08-03-190627-01-1972 
Schaede, Hans-Joachim   
Schaeffer, Emil   
Schardin, Hubert17-06-190227-09-1965 
Schell, Wilhelm   
Schieber, Walter13-09-189629-06-1960more 
Schindler, Max-Josef11-12-188015-01-1963 
Schlegel, Hans   
Schmeidler, Herbert15-10-188924-10-1955 
Schmerbeck, Karl   
Schmieden, Victor Gottfried Otto19-01-187411-10-1945 
Scholz, Hans   
Schrader, Rudolf29-05-189022-08-1945 
Schröder, Oskar06-02-189126-01-1959 
Schulz, Hans   
Schulze, Curt (Professor Doktor Veterinär)19-11-188110-11-1966more 
Schulze, Wilhelm   
Schürer, Friedrich19-06-188127-10-1948 
Schütte, Ernst-Wilhelm00-00-1885  
Schöning, Nikolaus   
Seidel, von, Hans-Georg11-11-189110-11-1955more 
Sextl, Anton26-07-190428-08-1944 
Stapf, Otto13-11-189030-03-1963more 
Streit, Bernhard06-10-191302-02-1975 
Stud, Erich05-05-188807-07-1968 
Swetina, Alois07-04-1892  

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