1. How long roughly after a soldier did something to merit the Cross did that works it's way up from company -> battalion -> regiment/brigade -> division -> corps and then back on down in dispatches until it was awarded?
I'm still trying to figure out a rough date of actual action to figure out what his unit was up to on that day. I have a copy of the entire 13th Battalion unit history books (in Polish), from before Monte Cassino through the end of 1946 so if I can find a rough date, I can get my wife to read the right part.
2. Why were soldiers awarded this? I know the official translated reason ... awarded to an individual who "has demonstrated deeds of valour and courage on the battlefield ..." but what sort of action might earn a person one of these? Any idea? Other examples of what lowly privates did to earn one?
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