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Military Order of the White Lion

The Military Order of the White Lion (Czech: Vojenský řád Bílého lva „Za vítězství“), also known as the Military Order of the White Lion "For Victory", was an award established on 9 February 1945 to reward military merit, either personal acts of bravery or leadership. [1]

Military Order of the White Lion
Military Order of the White Lion.png
Awarded by  Czechoslovakia
Type5 Class Military Order of Merit
EligibilityCzech citizens and foreigners
Awarded forMilitary merit, either personal acts of bravery or leadership.
Campaign(s)World War II
StatusNo longer awarded
Statistics
Established9 February 1945
RelatedOrder of the White Lion
Orde van de Witte Leeuw voor de Overwinning 1945.jpg
Third class cross and second class star

The order was presented in five different classes, the first class decorations being a gold breast star, while the second class was a silver breast star. The third class was in the form of a silver cross, enameled in red, and worn suspended from a ribbon on the chest. The fourth and fifth classes were a gold and silver medal respectively. The insignia of the first and second classes borrowed heavily in design from the Order of the White Lion. Both orders utilized an eight pointed star, with the center medallion containing the crowned white lion of the Coat of arms of Czechoslovakia. The difference came with the color of the medallion's border and motto that it contained, being blue on the Military Order of the White Lion. The motto was "Za vítězství" (For victory), versus the Order of the White Lion's motto of "Pravda vítezí" (Truth prevails).

Ribbon bars of the Military Order of the White Lion
First Class
Gold Star
Second Class
Silver Star
Third Class
Cross
Fourth Class
Gold Medal
Fifth Class
Silver Medal
TCH CS Vojensky Rad Bileho Lva 1st (1945) BAR.svg
TCH CS Vojensky Rad Bileho Lva 2nd (1945) BAR.svg
TCH CS Vojensky Rad Bileho Lva 3st (1945) BAR.svg
TCH CS Vojensky Rad Bileho Lva 4st (1945) BAR.svg
TCH CS Vojensky Rad Bileho Lva 5st (1945) BAR.svg

Notable recipientsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robertson, Megan C. (27 December 2005). "Czechoslovak Socialist Republic: Czechoslovak Military Order of the White Lion "For victory"". Medals of the World. Retrieved 2011-08-28.