Military Order for Bravery, III Class Officer (letters on gold background)
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This Order was founded by Alexander I on April 29, 1879 to commemorate his accession to the rank of Prince of Bulgaria, but it was not formally instituted until 1880.
The Order was first conferred to recognize meritorious service in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878. It continued to be awarded as a means of encouraging bravery during battle, and to recognize Bulgarian and foreign military personnel who exemplified heroism on the battlefield.
The Order awards were conferred in two divisions, wherein the higher grades were awarded to Officers, and the lower grades were awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men. The awards conferred upon Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted men were also known as the Military Bravery Cross.
During the People’s Republic of Bulgaria the Order was reduced to three grades. Following 2003, the Order may be conferred upon civilians, as well as military personnel, in recognition of heroic acts that contribute to the Bulgarian state and society.
The obverse inscription translates to "For Bravery". The reverse features an inscription in Church-Slavonic that translates to “Prince of Bulgaria”.
The III Class Officer was conferred upon Officers.
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