The exiled Czech Government instituted this award in London in December 1940. Linden leaves on the ribbon indicate citations for bravery.
This medal was created on the same day as the War Cross. Its obverse reads "Za Chrabrost" (for gallantry) whereas on the reverse the text reads "Pravda / Vitezi / 1939" (Truth prevails 1939).
In April 1943, this award was instituted in two classes : bronze and silver. The medal was awarded for merit, without active engagement in action with the enemy, in connection with the liberation of the country.
Instituted on 15 October 1943, this medal's reverse reads "Ceskoslovenska Armada v Zahranici 1939 / 1945" (The Czechoslovak Army Abroad). Bars can be present on its ribbon with a first bar fully worded and any supplementary bars added on being much smaller and abbreviated. In total four bars were created : SSSR, FRANCIE, VELKA BRITANIE and STREDNI VYCHOD (resp. USSR, France, Great Britain and Middle East).