Polish cross of the Brave
Hello colleagues, I want to show you a butiful Polish badge the “Polish Cross of the Brave” from a personal collection.
The Cross of the Brave (Krzyz Walecznych), established by order of the Polish Defense Council on August 11, 1920 with the aim of rewarding people who showed courage directly on the battlefield, was established by the Decree of the Polish Committee of National Liberation of December 22, 1944.
Polish: Krzyż Walecznych
In the mid 20-ies of the twentieth century, the Cross of the Brave began to award participants of the January Uprising of 1863-1864, and later participants of the Silesian and Greater Poland Uprising of 1918-1921.
The Cross of the Brave could be awarded up to four times. Moreover, with repeated awards, instead of the distinction mark itself, the awarded was given a metal belt for attaching to a ribbon and a Diploma.
The Cross of the Brave was awarded to both Polish citizens and foreigners, both military personnel and civilians for merits to the Republic of Poland.
The Cross of the Brave “… soldiers of the rank-and-file and officers are awarded for outstanding services in the defense of the state in wartime.”
Awarding the Cross of the Brave is carried out “… for certain specific feats shown in a combat situation, associated with a risk to life.”
Awarding the Cross of the Brave could be repeated for newly shown courage and heroism.
Awarded with the Cross of the Brave received the insignia and a diploma to it.