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Bronze Medal of Military Valor

Bronze Medal of Military Valor
Medaglia di bronzo al Valore Militare
Italy's Bronze Medal of Military Valor
Country Italy
Type Military decoration
Eligibility Junior officers and soldiers
Awarded for Deeds of outstanding gallantry in war
Statistics
Established 26 March 1833
Precedence
Next (higher) Silver Medal for Army Valor[1]
Next (lower) Bronze Medal for Army Valor[1]

Ribbon bar of the medal

The Bronze Medal of Military Valor (Italian: Medaglia di bronzo al Valore Militare) is an Italian medal for gallantry.

It was established by Charles Albert of Sardinia on 26 March 1833, along with the higher ranking Gold and Silver Medals for Military valor.[2]

These medals, as well as the "Croce di Guerra al Valor Militare" (War Cross of Military Valor - which can only be awarded in time of war) are established by the Royal Decree of 4 November 1932, in which their purpose is defined as "To distinguish and publicly honor the authors of heroic military acts, even ones performed in time of peace, provided that the exploit is closely connected with the purposes for which the Armed Forces are constituted, whatever may be the condition or quality of the author."[3]

During World War I, the medal was given out some 60,244 times for individual acts of heroism (compared to 38,614 Silver medals and 368 Gold Medals).[4]

Notable recipients

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Esercito Italiano- Nastrini delle decorazioni in uso" (in Italian). Esercito.difesa.it. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  2. ^ see http://bibliogo.ccm.it/index.php?page=View.DocDetail&id=742193 which describes the book "Le medaglie d'oro al valor militare: volume primo, Roma, [Gruppo Medaglie d'Oro al Valor Militare d'Italia], 1965, 804 p.; 22 cm"
  3. ^ official website of the Italian Presidency http://www.quirinale.it/qrnw/statico/onorificenze/cennistorici/medagliacrocevm.htm
  4. ^ "Nel 1° Centenario della istituzione della Medaglia al Valor Militare" edizione del 1933 dell' Ufficio storico dell' esercito
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