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Cross for War Merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), Republic issue
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Cross for War Merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), Republic issue
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Bronze Greek cross with laterally-pierced ball and triangular loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the cipher of the Italian Republic on the upper arm, an upright sword with oak branch on the lower arm, the lateral arms inscribed ‘MERITO DI GUERRA’; the reverse with a central five-pointed star on a rayed background; on original ribbon.

The Cross was instituted by Royal Decree 205 on 19 January 1918 to be awarded to those whose military conduct deserved public recognition (che hanno tenuto … una condotta militare che li renda degni di pubblico encomio).

After the fall of the monarchy at the end of World War II a revised version was issued by the Italian Republic, of which this is a good example.

 
Cross for War Merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), Republic issue
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Cross for War Merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), Republic issue
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Cross for War Merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), Republic issue
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