Netherlands War Cross

Netherlands War Cross

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The Commemorative War Cross: Sometimes called the Dutch War Cross. This bronze cross was created on 16 March 1944. Its central obverse medallion shows Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by the text “VOOR KRIJGSVERRICHTINGEN” (For war operations). The design stems from the earlier 1869 Expedition Cross and the reverse is plain. It was awarded for participation in general war operations and/or specific war actions which were recognized by small-lettered bars on the ribbon. In total 12 such bars were instituted, five for general operations and seven for specific actions. Several of the latter can be worn on one medal but only one bar for general operations is allowed per recipient.

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The Commemorative War Cross: Sometimes called the Dutch War Cross. This bronze cross was created on 16 March 1944. Its central obverse medallion shows Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by the text “VOOR KRIJGSVERRICHTINGEN” (For war operations). The design stems from the earlier 1869 Expedition Cross and the reverse is plain. It was awarded for participation in general war operations and/or specific war actions which were recognized by small-lettered bars on the ribbon. In total 12 such bars were instituted, five for general operations and seven for specific actions. Several of the latter can be worn on one medal but only one bar for general operations is allowed per recipient. The general operations are:

KRIJG TER ZEE 1940-1945 (War at Sea)
OORLOGSVLUCHTEN 1940-1945 (War Flights)
OORLOGSDIENST KOOPVAARDIJ / 1940-1945 (War Service, Merchant Navy)
OORLOGSDIENST VISSERIJ / 1940-1945 (War Service, Fishery)
KRIJG TE LAND 1940-1945 (War on Land)

The special actions are:
NEDERLAND MEI 1940
NEDERLANDSCH INDIES/1941-1942 (Dutch East-India, now Indonesia), also found as NEDERLANDS-INDIES/1941-1942*
JAVAZEE 1941-1942
NOORD AFRIKA – ITALIE 1941-1942, changed on 6 January 1948 to MIDDELANDSE ZEE / 1940-1945
ARNHEM – NIJMEGEN / WALCHEREN 1944
NORMANDIE 1944
OOST-AZIE – ZUID-PACIFIC / 1942-1945

* The only clasp made in replica and is ordered separately.

This is an official issue commemorative medal. Very few issued to Australians (search Australian War Memorial site).

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Weight 0.03 kg

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