List of highest military decorations
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|Country||Image||Name||Date first awarded||Number awarded||Notes|
|Argentina||Cross to the Heroic Valour in Combat||18||Last awarded in 1982|
|Australia||The Victoria Cross for Australia||16 January 2009||4||Replaced The Victoria Cross|
|Austria||The Military Merit Decoration|
|Bangladesh||Bir Sreshtho||15 December 1973||7|
|Burma||Aung San Thiriya||1948||6|
|Canada||The Victoria Cross of Canada||2 February 1993||0||Date established.
Replaced The Victoria Cross
|China||The Hero's Medal||April 1951|
|Denmark||The Valour Cross||18 November 2011||1|
|Estonia||The Cross of Liberty||24 February 1919||3,156||None has been awarded since 1925|
|France||The Legion of Honour||15 July 1804||Conferred in five classes for military or civilian merit.|
|Germany||The Cross of Honour for Valour||6 July 2009||28||Replaced the Iron Cross due to its association with the Nazi regime.|
|Greece||Medal for Gallantry
Cross of Valour
|The Medal for Gallantry formally replaced the Cross of Valour as the top military award in 1974, but it has never been conferred.|
|India||Param Vir Chakra||3 November 1947||21|
|Israel||The Medal of Valor||19 January 1948||40||Replacement for the Hero of Israel.
None has been awarded since 1975.
|Italy||Gold Medal of Military Valour||21 May 1793|
|Luxembourg||Military Medal||3 August 1945|
|Netherlands||Military William Order||30 April 1815||5,875|
|New Zealand||The Victoria Cross for New Zealand||26 July 2007||1||Replaced The Victoria Cross.|
|Norway||The War Cross with Sword||28 November 1941||285||A new sword is awarded each time a person, who already has the War Cross, distinguishes him- or herself in battle.|
|Pakistan||Nishan-e-Haider (Left) Hilal-e-Kashmir (Right)||16 March 1957||11||On 30 November 1995, the Government of Pakistan initiated the gazette notification to declare its Hilal-e-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e-Haider.
All awards have been made posthumously.
|Poland||Order of Virtuti Militari||22 June 1792||Conferred in five classes. A wartime-only award.|
|Russia||Order of St. George|
|Spain||Laureate Cross of Saint Ferdinand||1 January 1812||336|
|United Kingdom||The Victoria Cross||26 June 1857||1357[nb 1]
|United States||The Medal of Honor||26 March 1863||3468[nb 1]
|Different types from each of the branches of the US military.|
|Zimbabwe||The Gold Cross of Zimbabwe||3||Replaced the Grand Cross of Valour|
- Total medals awarded.
- Total recipients of the medal.
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