|Cross of Merit for Bravery|
The current version of the Cross of Merit for Bravery
|Awarded by the Republic 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|
ribbon bars (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.
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.