Victoria Cross

Queen Victoria instituted the Victoria Cross upon signing the Royal Warrant in 29th January 1856.

Victoria Cross: In the Presence of the Enemy. Winston Churchill once remarked when awarding a Victoria Cross to a soldier, that the soldier must feel very small and humble in the presence of such great men as he was. After a pause, he continued, “let me assure you, sir, how very small and humble I […]

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Order of Honour

Order of Honour

The state Order of Honour was founded on 2 March 1994 by Presidential Decree No442. Citizens are awarded the Order of Honour for high achievements in government, scientific research, economic production, sociocultural, public and charitable activities which have led to improvements of life in the country. The Order of Honour is also awarded for merits […]

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U Boat War Badge

Uboat war badge world war 1

In 1918 almost at the end of World War 1 the U-Boat War Badge was instituted by the Kaisermarine (Kaiserliche Marine), on February 1. 1918 to be exact. In order to qualify for the award, submarine crewmen had to complete three war cruises or to be wounded or killed in action. The badge was formed […]

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Waterloo Medal

The Waterloo Campaign Medal

The Waterloo Medal was the first medal to be issued (1816-1817) to all that took part in a particular battle or battles: Battle of Quatre Bras (16. June 1815), Battle of Ligny (16. June 1815) and the Battle of Waterloo (18. June 1815). The Waterloo Medal was also the first campaign medal to be presented […]

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Eastern Front Medal Campaign Award

Wintershlacht im osten

The Eastern Front Medal (Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/1942) was a campaign medal instituted on 26. Mai 1942 in recognition of those that had taken part in the first Russian winter campaign from 15. November 1941 to 15. April 1942. Designed by SS-Unterscharfführer Ernst Kraus, the Ostmedaille was one of the most awarded of German awards […]

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Purple Heart Military Order

Purple Heart Certificate

The Purple Heart is the oldest award still awarded to members of the U.S. military. It is awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the U.S.military on or after April 5th 1917. Originally designated as the Badge of Military Merit and established by George Washington, the then commander in chief of the Continental […]

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German Infantry Assault Badge

Infantry Assault Badge

The German Infantry Assault Badge was instituted on December 20th 1940 by  Oberstbefehlshaber des Heeres, Generalfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch, and was to be awarded to non-motorized Infantry units and units of the Gebirgsjäger. To qualify for the IAB, soldiers had to have participated in Infantry Assaults, with light weapons, over at least three days on the […]

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Grand Cross of the Iron Cross

1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross

The Grand Cross of the Iron Cross is without a doubt one of the rarest and least awarded military decoration in the world. Only 18 crosses were ever awarded from 1813 to 1945. The Iron Cross instituted on March 10 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars was to become perhaps the most famous of all military […]

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Order of Victory

Order of Victory

The Order of Victory, awarded only to Generals and Marshals for successful combat operations which involved one or more army groups, was the highest military award of the Soviet Union. Only 20 were ever awarded,  thus making it one of the rarest military awards in the world. Thirteen Soviet leaders were awarded the decoration and […]

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