Circular silver medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face inscribed in Cyrillic characters ‘ZA KRABROST’ (for Bravery) above the Serbian Princely arms within a wreath of oak and laurel; the reverse inscribed in Cyrillic characters ‘MILAN OBRENOVICH IV. KNAZ SRPSKI.’ (Milan M. Obrenovich IV, Prince of Serbia); on replaced correct ribbon.
The Medal, Serbia’s first award for bravery, was instituted on 12 (24) July 1876 for acts of courage in the face of the enemy.
On 18 July, 1876, Serbia and Montenegro declared war on Ottoman Turkey in support of the insurrection against Ottoman rule in Bosnia. The Montenegrin army defeated the Turks twice in battle but the Serbian army suffered defeat. By early September, bolstered by 5, 000 Russian volunteers, a 20,000-strong Serbian army launched an offensive in the Morava valley. On 29 October they were defeated by a 100,000-strong Turkish army at Djunis and only a Russian ultimatum to Turkey saved Serbia and Montenegro from annihilation.
On 28 February 1877, Serbia signed a peace. Following the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, Serbia again entered the fighting on 1 December, 1877 and following Russian victory, Serbia and Montenegro gained full independence and additional territory.
The Medal is very scarce.