(Goldene Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkeuzes)

Date Instituted

31 October 1944


* Awarded the Knights Cross to the War Merit Cross

With swords:
* Repeated acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty.
Without swords:
* Civilians or military personnel not directly involved in military operations who made major contributions to the war effort.

Number Awarded



Holders of the Knights Cross to the War Merit Cross

The holders of this award are listed on the individual unit histories as part of the Holders of high awards project.

Estimated price (2009)



This award ranked above the Knight's Cross but below Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Military awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich
Detlev Niemann - Price Guide Germany 1871-1945 (2009)

Reference material on this award

Gordon & Williamson & Josef Charita - The War Merit Cross