Medal for Bravery (Austria-Hungary)

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Medal for Bravery
Tapferkeitsmedaille
Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaille 1866 1917.jpg
Gold Medal for Bravery, 1866 to 1917 version
Awarded by  Austria-Hungary
Awarded for Bravery in combat
Status No longer awarded after the fall of the Austrian Empire
Statistics
Established 19 July 1789
Last awarded 1918
Precedence
Next (higher) Military Merit Medal
Next (lower) Civil Merit Medal
AUT KuK Kriegsbande BAR.svg
Ribbon bar of the medal
Ribbon suspension indicating multiple awards

The Medal for Bravery (German: Tapferkeitsmedaille) was a military decoration of Austria-Hungary. Founded on 19 July 1789, it originally came in three classes: the Gold Class, and the First and Second Silver Class. A fourth class, the Bronze, began during World War I, on 14 February 1915. Bars denoting subsequent awards within the same classes to the same honorees began on 29 November 1915. Medals awarded during World War I were minted with the countenance of Emperor Franz Josef until some months after his death. Starting in April 1917, the visage of his successor, Archduke Charles I of Austria, was substituted.[1]

The Tapferkeitsmedaille were awarded for courage in combat until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 31 October 1918.

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