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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Blackened iron cross pattée with magnetic core, with eyelet, on gilt laurel wreath and crossed swords suspension denoting an award for active military service with integral loop to the reverse for ribbon suspension; the face with a silver white rose of Finland imposed centrally on a gilt cross gammée; the reverse dated ‘1941’; without ribbon.

The Order was created on 16 December 1940 from the previous Cross of Liberty which had been founded on 4 March 1918 at the time of Finland’s war for independence. It is Finland’s premier order and, since 1960, may only be awarded for active military service in time of war.

This example would have been awarded for service in the Continuation War between 25 June 1941 and 19 September 1944.

 
Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 3rd class Cross with swords (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 3.luokka miekoilla), 1941
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