КРЕСТ ЗАСЛУГИ В АРМИИ
Army Cross of Merit (Wojskowy Krzyz Zaslugi).
Instituted by act
of Parliament of June 14, 2007. Awarded in two categories: with and without
swords to members of the army, in exceptional cases also to members of other
services. The cross with swords is conferred for meritorious service in
combat operations against acts of terrorism at home or during military
missions overseas. The crosses without swords is bestowed for outstanding
non-combat meritorious achievement or service.
Badge: bronze Greek
cross 42 x 42 mm, with concave arm bases, of the same design as the Military
Cross. In the center there is a Polish crowned eagle of the same design as
that worn on army caps, sitting on a sword.
Reverse: flat, with a three line inscription "POLSKA / SWEMU /
OBRONCY" (Poland to her defender) and two laurel sprays on the sides. When
awarded with swords, they are placed on a ring and surmount the badge.
Ribbon: 38 mm wide, dark crimson with 2 mm white edges and 2 mm side stripes
equally spaced. A second award is denoted by a bronze bar on the ribbon. For
the crosses with swords the bar has oak leaves, for the crosses without
swords the bar is plain and polished.