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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Miniature circular bronze medal with laterally-pierced ball for ribbon suspension; the face with a laurel-crowned female head facing right with castellated crown, circumscribed ‘PER L’ITALIA’ (for Italy), signed ‘S J’ for Stefano Johnson of Milan; the reverse with the full length figure of a warrior, a shield in his left hand, his right arm outstretched holding a sword, a female figure beyond, clutching his arm, circumscribed ‘VOLONTARI DI GUERRA (War Volunteers); diameter 18.13mm (0.71inch); on the ribbon of the Decoration of Honour for Volunteer Patriots of Liberty (Distintivo d’Onore per i Patrioti Volontari della Libertà) with the corresponding initials ‘VL’ embroidered. The Medal was instituted by the National Government on 27 January 1944 to be awarded to those who crossed enemy lines from German-held territory to place themselves at the disposal of the National Government after the date of the Badoglio Proclamation of 8 September 1943 and before the end of hostilities on 8 May 1945. The Decoration was in gilt metal letter form and created on 3 May 1945 to be awarded to those who had been part of units recognised by the Committees of National Liberation fighting German and Italian Fascist forces for at least three months or had been wounded during such combat.

 
Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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Medal of Merit for Crossing Enemy Lines after 8 September 1943 (Medaglia di Benemerenza per l’Attraversamento delle Linee Nemiche Dopo l’8 settembre 1943) by Stefano Johnson of Milan, miniature
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