Krzyz Czynu Bojowego Polskich Sil Zbrojnych na Zachodzie  

Total presented in WWII: unknown

The Krzyz Czynu Bojowego Polskich Sil Zbrojnych na zachodzie (military cross of the Polish armed forces in the West) was instituted by the Polish Parliament on May 17th 1989. It was to award the soldiers of the Polish Forces that fought together with the Western Allies, against the Germans.

The cross has the form of a Maltese Cross with its arms styled in a “V” for “Victory” form. The decoration is made of oxidized metal under a silver layer.
The front bears in its central part the image of the crowned eagle with a panel of the Amazon in its claws, the emblem of the Polish armed forces.
On the obverse, the inscription: "1939-POLSKIE-SILY ZBROJNE-NA ZACHODZIE-1945" (Polish Armed Forces in the West) can be found in five lines. The dimensions of the cross are: 42 X of 42 mm, base 14 mm.
The ribbon is multicolored and measures 36 mm in width. In the center is a white-red strip (9 mm) with along each side a strip of blue (4,5 mm), black (4,5 mm) and green (4,5 mm) color - the colors of respectively the air forces, navy and army.
Each campaign, in which the Polish armed forces in the West participated, is designated by silver bar on the ribbon, with the geographical names of: NARWIK, LAGARDE, MAICHE-St.HIPPOLYTE, BITWA O ANGLIE, TOBRUK, MONTE CASSINO, ANKONA, FALAISE-CHAMBOIS, AXEL, ARNHEM, BREDA, BOLONIA, WILHELMSHAVEN, DZIALANIA BOJOWE LOTNICTWA, BITWY I KONWOJE MORSKIE.
This is the only award in the Polish system that has these kind of bars.

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Picture source:   - Wilco Vermeer
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