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
Albrecht, Walter08-05-191423-05-1944 
Arendt, Velten-Reinhardt28-03-191923-03-1945 
Ambrosius, Lothar11-05-190309-01-1971more 
Arnold, Friedrich (WH-Sturmgeschütz)10-05-191901-09-2006 
Ammer, Hermann08-03-191409-12-2000more 
Adamowitsch, Felix20-11-191910-02-2013 
Augustin, Hans05-08-1905 more 
Aßmann, Walter22-07-189601-05-1964more 
Alberts, Otto22-02-189310-12-1943more 
Abbas, Horst07-09-1910  
Abel, Fritz-Wilhelm28-11-191902-03-1945more 
Aust, Friedrich   
Auras, Wolfgang   
Aulerich, Werner   
Au, von der, Friedrich   
Attenberger, Georg   
Aschoff, Dr., Albrecht11-04-189911-08-1972more 
Apsel, Friedrich   
Antes, Paul   
Angerer, Hermann   
Andrä, Heinrich08-07-1915 more 
Anders, Georg   
Amsel, Georg   
Ambrosy, Gerhard   
Alexander, Heinz   
Albers, Hans-Peter20-11-191410-03-1956more 
Aichwalder, Josef   
Ahrens, Friedrich06-05-1916 more 
Adam, Hans-Hermann10-08-1911 more 
Abs, Gerhard   
Aberle, Heinrich   
Abel, Werner   
Abel, Dr., Ulrich03-03-191223-04-1944 
Andres, Erich31-08-1919  
Augustin, Hermann   
Angelmaier, Heinz22-07-191812-01-2014more 
Albrecht, Kurt24-02-188902-09-1968more 
Albowitz, Herbert   
Anlauft, Karl-Heinz15-05-191600-00-1977 
Angerbauer, Alfred   
Alteneder, Dr., Friedrich07-04-190912-01-1987 
Auerhammer, Otto   
Augenstein, Hans-Heinz11-07-192106-12-1944 
Anders, Richard03-01-191509-09-1993more 
Astegher, Hans15-07-1916  
Arnold, Heinz12-02-1919  
Andexer, Günther   
Axthammer, Erich Michael03-12-192021-12-2015 
Asshoff, Bruno15-02-1914  
Anhalt, Wilhelm28-03-191713-06-1979more 
Alter, Max17-01-191015-03-2001 
Aster, Hans-Heinrich28-10-1921 more 
Andres, Ernst19-09-192111-02-1945more 
Altenburg, Hans03-02-189401-05-1945 
Abratis, Herbert Karl21-03-191829-03-1945more 
Ayerle, Ludwig   
Autenrieth, Hans 08-06-1996 
Augustin, Lothar   
Auffhammer, Fritz28-11-191414-06-2002 
Alsleben, Dietrich06-04-192022-02-1945 
Ahrends, Richard   
Arndt, Johannes07-10-190606-07-1944more 
Aulhorn, Herbert02-10-191407-12-1988 
Andoy, Eduard   
Agricola, Kurt15-08-188927-12-1955 
Armstark, Hugo   
Achatz, Josef   
Albers, Hans-Wilhelm12-06-191404-06-1944more 
Abraham, Erich Gottfried27-03-189507-03-1971more 
Abel, Adolf Wilhelm18-10-191426-08-1944more 
Aldrian, Franz20-09-1895 more 
Albert, d', Benvenuto24-10-1919  
Abt, Ernst   
August, Friedrich   
Aghta, Egon August29-01-191802-05-1945 
Aulepp, Hermann   
Ausländer, Rudolf   
Auksutat, Werner   
Augenstein, Rudolf   
Auer, Rupert   
Aschmann, Otto   
Asche, Wilhelm   
Aschauer, Franz   
Apel, Friedrich-Carl   
Anton, Werner-Rudolf03-04-189512-09-1948more 
Anders, Eberhard   
Ambichl, Franz   
Altengarten, Manfred   
Althöfer, Heinrich   
Alten, von, Donald16-03-1897  
Alfons, Richard   
Albers, Wilhelm   
Ahlert, Wilhelm   
Adelsheimer, Ludwig   
Abel, Eugen   
Ambros, Walter   
Arnold, Ewald   
Annuss, Gottfried Julius Karl09-03-191227-10-1985 
Albrecht, Fritz Wilhelm Karl23-12-190529-04-1977more 
Adrario, Friedrich29-11-191825-06-2011more 
Ahrens, Hinrich15-03-192131-12-2009more 
Adolff, Heinz-Paul29-06-191417-07-1943 
Altenaichinger, Robert03-01-192000-02-1994 
Albrecht, Hans-Joachim18-03-192000-02-1945 
Adrian, Peter   
Aldinger, Hermann22-07-190701-11-1993 
Achatz, Hans   
Antrup, Wilhelm "Willy"01-02-191014-11-1984more 
Angerstein, Karl04-12-189020-09-1985more 
Andorfer, Anton23-12-191911-04-1945more 
Amelung, Heinz-Günther09-04-191726-12-1964 
Ammann, Paul05-08-192009-08-1991 
Alpers, Friedrich Ludwig Herbert25-03-190103-09-1944more 
Albrecht, Egon19-05-191825-08-1944more 
Aigen, Reinhard20-05-191319-09-1943more 
Ahnert, Heinrich-Wilhelm29-04-191523-08-1942 
Aechtner, Fritz04-03-191601-05-2007 
Ademeit, Horst08-02-191207-08-1944more 
Ackermann, Georg02-03-191816-12-2007more 
Abrahamczik, Rudolf17-04-192004-12-1996 
Adam, Helmut01-10-191601-12-1942 
Anzenhofer, Hermann05-06-192425-04-1945 
Arndt, Heinz (Lw-Aufklärungsgruppe 12)   
Anzengruber, Franz   
Arnold, Heinrich   
Axt, Hartmut   
Auwärter, Helmut   
Aust, Konrad   
Augsten, Rudolf   
Aubrecht, Hermann   
Au, Oskar   
Assum, Martin   
Asel, Alfred   
Aschka, Hans   
Aschenbrenner, Josef (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Aschatz, Hans   
Arzt, Albert   
Arnold, Harry   
Arnim, von, Harald   
Arndt, Willy   
Arndt, Paul   
Arndt, Erich (Lw-Nachtjagdgeschwader 3)   
Arndt, Erich (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 27)   
Armbruster, Werner   
Arendt, Gerhard   
Appelt, Horst19-12-1915 more 
Appelmann, Friedrich   
Anzinger, Max02-09-192012-01-1944 
Anzinger, Johann   
Anton, Heinz   
Anselm, Karl   
Annen, Johann   
Anlauf, Heinrich   
Anersch, Ludwig   
Andres, Josef   
Andreas, Adolf   
Andersch, Eugen   
Anders, Willi   
Anders, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader x)   
Anders, Walter (Lw-Kampfgeschwader 3)   
Anders, Gerd   
Anders, Alfred (Lw-Kampfgeschwader)   
Amtmann, Baptist   
Amthor, Richard   
Amon, Kurt   
Ammeling, Bernhard22-01-191708-07-1943more 
Amelong, Heinz   
Ambos, Johann "Hans"  more 
Amann, Josef   
Altner, Richard Herbert   
Altmann, Klaus   
Altmann, Gerhard   
Althoff, Hans-Jürgen   
Altenhain, Gerhard   
Altendorf, Heinz26-02-191714-09-2008 
Alten, von, Ernst   
Alschner, Heinrich   
Albersmeier, Ludwig   
Aloe, Herbert   
Allmendinger, Emil   
Allexi, Josef11-06-1914  
Allendinger, Georg   
Albrecht, Oskar   
Albrecht, Heinz  more 
Albrecht, Hans   
Albrecht, Gerhard   
Albrecht, Bernhold   
Albersmeier, Karl   
Albers, Walter   
Albers, Hans (Lw-Wettererkundungsstaffel)   
Albers, Hans (Lw-Aufklärungsgruppe)   
Albers, Bruno   
Alber, Paul   
Alber, Karl   
Aichmeier, Alois   
Aichinger, Alfred   
Ahrweiler, Jakob   
Ahrens, Paul   
Ahrens, Hans   
Ahlgrim, Johann   
Agather, Gerhard   
Affeldt, Werner   
Aermes, Helmut   
Adler, Johannes   
Adler, Ernst   
Acker, Ernst   
Achilles, Paul   
Achenbach, Heinrich   
Abraham, Siegfried   
Abele, Anton   
Abel, Walter   
Abbinghoff, Hugo   
Asendorf, Wilhelm27-11-1920  
Apel, Heinrich12-06-1913  
Alexy, Hans24-02-191907-06-2007 
Abbaß, Heinz-Dietrich   
Abbel, Heinrich   
Abel, Edmund   
Abel, Friedrich   
Abel, Hans   
Abel, Wilhelm   
Abele, Emil   
Abendroth, Heinz   
Abendroth, von, Ferdinand Max Karl04-01-191616-07-1944 
Aberle, Albert   
Ableiter, Walter   
Abraham, Heinz   
Abraham, Richard   
Abschlag, Wilhelm   
Absmeier, Friedrich   
Achenbach, Heinz   
Achenbach, Herbert   
Achenbach, Kurt   
Achter, Michael   
Achtermann, Wilhelm   
Ackemann, Walter   
Acker, Hermann12-02-1915  
Ackermann, Ewald   
Ackermann, Heinz   
Ackermann, Herbert29-12-191625-08-1943 
Ackermann, Karl   
Ackermann, Karl   
Ackermann, Karl   
Ackermann, Kurt   
Ackermann, Rüdiger   
Adam, Franz   
Adam, Gustav   
Adam, Günther   
Adam, Hermann   
Adam, Kurt   
Adam, Kurt (WH-Generalmajor)08-07-189724-01-1973 
Adam, Walter   
Adam, Walter   
Adamczyk, Georg   
Adamek, Rudolf   
Addicks, Nikolaus   
Adelhardt, Anton   
Adelhütte, Hans   
Aderhold, Kurt   
Adler, Franz   
Adler, Gerhardt   
Adler, Karl   
Adler, Oskar   
Adloff, Johannes   
Adolph, Günther   
Adolph-Auffenberg-Komarow, Gustav11-07-188708-02-1967 
Adomeit, Reinhard   
Aeckerle, Eugen   
Aepfelbach, Hermann   
Afheldt, Werner   
Ager, Franz14-02-1915  
Agis, Hermann   
Ahlborn, Gustav   
Ahlers, Bruno03-11-1915 more 
Ahlers, Heinz   
Ahlers, Jürgen   
Ahlers, Kurt   
Ahles, Fritz   
Ahlfeld, Ernst   
Ahls, Paul   
Ahnert, Heinz17-07-1917  
Ahnert, Kurt   
Ahrens, Heinrich   
Ahrens, Peter   
Ahrens, Ullrich   
Ahrens, Walter   
Ahrens, Werner   
Ahrens, Wilhelm "Willi"01-10-191226-08-1998 
Ahrndt, Werner   
Aich, Albert   
Aichele, Adolf   
Aigner, Anton30-11-191416-11-1999 
Aigner, Hellmuth18-12-1905  
Aigner, Hermann   
Aigner, Ludwig15-07-1916  
Aktun, Emil   
Aland, Wilhelm   
Alban, Karl   
Albat, Ernst18-05-191700-00-1992 
Albers, Carl   
Albers, Günther   
Albers, Josef   
Albers, Willy   
Albert, Ekkehard   
Albert, Heinz   
Albert, Wilhelm24-04-191715-12-2004 
Alberts, Hermann   
Albohm, Wilhelm19-03-192207-08-2001 
Albrand, Karl Wolf15-05-189911-11-1962 
Albrand, Walter   
Albrecht, Ernst   
Albrecht, Erwin   
Albrecht, Heino09-03-192126-10-1995 
Albrecht, Karl-Heinz   
Albrecht, Siegfried   
Albrecht, Walter   
Albrecht, Werner   
Albrink, Ludwig   
Aldenhoff, Theodor   
Aldrian, Eduard26-04-188801-10-1955 
Aleith, Günter   
Alex, Heinz-Eberhard   
Algermissen, Walter   
Alheid, Heinrich   
Alker, Georg   
Allard, Fritz   
Allersmeier, Heinz24-03-191723-03-2001more 
Allesch, von, Ernst   
Allgeier, Heinrich   
Allmacher, Friedrich "Fritz"03-12-191426-12-1944more 
Allner, Ernst   
Alm, Werner   
Aloys, Günter   
Alt, Franziskus   
Altenburger, Günther19-09-191423-03-2009 
Altermiller, Leopold   
Althüser, Wilhelm   
Altmaier, Hermann   
Altmann, Friedrich Wilhelm27-07-189727-08-1943 
Altmann, Karl   
Altmann, Kurt   
Altmayer, Peter   
Altrichter, Dr., Friedrich03-09-189014-04-1949 
Altstötter, Josef04-01-189213-11-1979 
Alvermann, Hermann   
Alwardt, Claus   
Alwins, Horst   
Amann, Johann   
Amann, Thomas31-08-190102-02-1944 
Amberger, Anton   
Ambos, Helmuth   
Ambrosius, Fritz   
Ambrosius, Wilhelm14-06-190319-09-1955more 
Amft, Friedrich   
Amhoff, Lothar   
Amlacher, Kurt01-05-192102-05-1945more 
Amling, Hans   
Amman, Ewald   
Ammann, Lothar   
Ammermann, Rolf13-07-190923-03-1945 
Ammon, Erich   
Ammon, Lothar   
Amort, Karl   
Amselgruber, Thomas   
Anacker, Friedrich   
Ancker, Erich   
Anderle, Johann   
Anders, Alfred   
Anders, Carl Ulrich Ernst Paul31-08-189328-01-1972 
Anders, Gerhard   
Anders, Helmut   
Anders, Herbert   
Anders, Walter   
Andersen, Ernst-August   
Andersen, Heinrich   
André, Harro19-06-191702-03-1943 
André, Karl24-05-189422-01-1985 
Andreae, Hugo   
Andreae, Wolf13-07-189818-12-1991more 
Andree, Konrad   
Andresen, Julius   
Andress, Martin   
Andrews, Walter   
Andrä, Heinz03-09-1921  
Andy, Jakob   
Angenendt, Anton   
Angerer, Maximilian   
Angermann, Karl   
Angermeier, Josef   
Angern, Günther05-03-189302-02-1943more 
Anhalt, Georg   
Anhalt, Günther23-01-190627-04-1945more 
Anhorn, Gustav   
Aniol, Georg   
Aniszewski, Bruno26-03-1919  
Anker, Franz   
Annewanter, Michael   
Ansat, John23-02-189028-08-1970 
Anstaedt, Max   
Antensteiner, Wilhelm   
Anz, Otto   
Anzer, Hans   
Apelt, Fedor14-10-190415-04-1988more 
Apfelbaum, Erwin   
Apitzsch, Karl-Arthur25-10-192001-01-1943 
Appen, von, Karl   
Aprath, von, Hans   
Arch, Johann   
Arend, Heinrich   
Arend, Wilhelm   
Arens, Friedrich   
Arens, Hubert   
Arenstorff, von, Hans-Adolf18-10-189505-05-1952 
Arius, Manfred   
Arm, Heinz   
Armbruster, Berthold   
Armbruster, Walter   
Armer, Josef   
Arndt, Franz (Wh-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 93)   
Arndt, Franz (Wh-Pionier-Bataillon 263)   
Arndt, Gerhard   
Arndt, Heinz (Wh-Grenadier-Regiment 412)   
Arndt, Hermann   
Arndt, Josef   
Arndt, Karl Hermann10-03-189230-12-1981more 
Arndt, Martin   
Arndt, Max   
Arndt, Oskar   
Arnim, Freiherr von, Hans   
Arnim, Graf von, Franz   
Arnim, von, Gustav Adolf   
Arnim, von, Hans-Jürgen   
Arnim, von, Max   
Arning, Karl Eduard Friedrich10-02-189217-11-1964 
Arnold, Alfred   
Arnold, Erich   
Arnold, Franz   
Arnold, Friedrich   
Arnold, Hans   
Arnold, Hans   
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   
Asam, Rudolf   
Asbahr, Erhardt14-03-191417-07-1943 
Asboeck, Wilhelm   
Aschenbach, Bernhard   
Aschenbrenner, Johann   
Aschenbrenner, Josef   
Aschermann, Hartmut   
Aschmann, Frank   
Aschoff, Philipp   
Assmann, Adolf   
Atzl, Ernst   
Atzl, Hermann   
Aubeck, Ludwig   
Auberger, Josef19-03-1919 more 
Audörsch, Oskar27-02-189805-06-1991 
Auer, Alfons   
Auer, Franz   
Auer, Konrad   
Auert, Heinz11-06-192118-02-2002 
Auerweck, Vitus   
Auffarth, Wilhelm   
Auffenberg, Otto   
Auffermann, Albrecht   
Auffermann, Hans   
Aufseß, Freiherr von und zu, Theodor   
Augsberger, Franz Xaver Josef Maria "Franz"10-10-190519-03-1945more 
Augst, Ferdinand   
August, Max   
Augustin, Herbert   
Auleb, Helge01-03-188714-04-1964 
Aulich, Hubert   
Aulock, von, Andreas Maria Karl23-03-189323-06-1968 
Aumann, Heinz   
Aumund, Friedrich Wilhelm   
Auras, Joachim   
Aust, Kurt   
Aust, Wendelin   
Austen, Alfons   
Austen, Hans27-07-191824-01-1994 
Auswald, Karl   
Avramescu, Gheorghe26-01-188603-03-1945 
Axthelm, von, Rolf   
Axtmann, Walter   
Ayrer, Lothar04-11-188912-12-1944 
Aßenmacher, Engelbrecht   
Aßmann, Erich   
Aßmuth, Heinrich