|Cross of Merit for Bravery|
The current version of the Cross of Merit for Bravery
|Awarded by the President of Poland|
|Type||Single grade medal|
|Eligibility||Personnel in the military or certain civilian agencies|
|Awarded for||Selfless bravery in the defense of law, national borders, and the life and property of citizens in especially difficult circumstances|
|Established||March 7, 1928|
|Next (higher)||Military Cross|
|Next (lower)||Cross of Merit with Swords|
(left: first version) (right: current version)
The Cross of Merit for Bravery (Polish : Krzyż Zasługi za Dzielność) is a Polish medal awarded for selfless bravery in the defense of law, national borders, and the life and property of citizens in especially difficult circumstances.
Polish is a West Slavic language of the Lechitic group. It is spoken primarily in Poland and serves as the native language of the Poles. In addition to being an official language of Poland, it is also used by Polish minorities in other countries. There are over 50 million Polish language speakers around the world and it is one of the official languages of the European Union.
It was established on March 7, 1928 as a military grade of the Cross of Merit. The medal was awarded until World War II and was not recognized by the post-war government. On October 16, 1992 the medal was reintroduced and is currently awarded to police officers, firefighters, and several military and civilian agencies involved in intelligence or security.
The Cross of Merit is a Polish civil state decoration established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.
The obverse bears the words "Za Dzielność" ( Polish: For Bravery) and the letters RP for Republic of Poland.
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