The Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds was awarded to several soldiers(though rare in itself). The impressive thing about Rudel was that his achievements warranted the creation of a higher level of the medal, just for him. The Golden Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.Rare picture of the original Rudel medal. Rudel receives the highest German bravery honor as the first and only soldier of the German armed forces. The Kinghts Cross with Leaps, Swords and Diamonds.