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  Victoria Cross


Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Information from http://www.chapter-one.com/vc/



  Distinguished Service Order (DSO)


Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

This order was established to reward officers who exhibited individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. It was usually awarded for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy. However, from 1914 to 1916 it was awarded under circumstances which could not be regarded as under fire. After January 1, 1917, commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire. Prior to 1943, the order could be given only to someone who had already been Mentioned in Despatches. The order is generally given to officers in command above the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Awards to ranks below this are usually for a high degree of gallantry just short of deserving the Victoria Cross.
A bar is awarded for an act which would have earned the order in the first place. The bar is plain gold with an Imperial Crown in the centre. The year of the award is engraved on the reverse. A silver rosette on the ribbon alone is worn in undress uniform.

Information from http://www.vvaa.org.au/ord-ds.htm



  Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)


Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

This silver cross is awarded to officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. A straight silver bar with an eagle in the centre is awarded for a further act or acts. The year of the award is engraved on the reverse. The award was established on the birthday of King George V, June 3, 1918. Until 1919, the stripes were horizontal.

Established for officers and warrant officers of the RAF in respect of acts of valour while flying in active operations against the enemy.

Information from http://www.vvaa.org.au/med-dfc.htm



  Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)


Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)

Introduced at the same time as the DFC, it was awarded to NCOs and men of the RAF for courage or devotion to duty while flying on active operations against the enemy. During the Second World War it was extended to the equivalent ranks of the Army and Fleet Air Arm personnel engaged in similar operations.
A straight slip-on silver bar with an eagle in the centre was awarded for a further act that would have warranted the medal. The year of the award was engraved on the back of the bar.

Information from http://www.vvaa.org.au/med-dfm.htm



  Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)


Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)

Awarded to WO's, NCOs, and non-commissioned members of the Air Forces and Military for acts of conspicuous gallantry whilst flying in active operations against the enemy.
For additional acts of bravery a bar was awarded.

Information from http://www.vvaa.org.au/med-cgm.htm



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