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The German Cross in Gold (Deutsches Kreuz in Gold) was awarded for bravery and outstanding achievements in combat in circumstances where the the Knight’s Cross wasn’t awarded. The recipient did however already have 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 unknown.
The OKW stopped by decree the awarding of the Gernan Cross in Gold for 'multiple remarkable services in troop leadership' from March 10th, 1945 on.