Polish Cross of Combat Action (Tobruk, Monte Cassino Ankona Bolonia)

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Poland 1979-1999, dimensions 42mm x 42mm

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Badge in the form of a maltese cross measuring 42 mm x 42 mm, on the obverse of the cross an eagle of the Polish Armed Forces in Exile, on the reverse an inscription (Polish Armed Forces in the West). Cross worn on a ribbon with vertical white and magenta stripes, blue, black and green.

Four rectangular bars on the ribbon in the order from the top: Tobruk, Monte Cassino, Ancona and Bologna. Cross awarded to a soldier of the Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade, who then fought in the Second Polish Corps, probably in the 3rd Carpathian Infantry Division.

The cross was designed by Edward Gorol, made in the National Mint between 1978-1999. The crosses were given to the participants of the combat operation of the Polish Armed Forces in the West during the Second World War in 1939-1945.