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"Men will fight long and hard for a piece of coloured ribbon."

Welcome! Are you interested in orders, decorations and medals? Would you like to improve Wikipedia's coverage on this topic? Then we would like to invite you to help us in our project!

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  • Add Template:Infobox Military Award to all decorations and medals articles.
  • Develop articles for standardised presentation of each nation's national honours system.


This WikiProject aims to

  1. To thoroughly explore national orders, decorations, and medals, along with their associated national honours systems, both globally and historically.
  2. To improve related articles.
  3. To provide a place to discuss common issues on orders, decorations, and medals related pages.
  4. Organise, discuss, and categorise Category:Orders, decorations, and medals by country
  5. To ensure all pages meet the standards of Wikipedia:Cite sources.
  6. Develop standards and templates for orders, decorations, and medals related articles.

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How you can help depends on your time, resources and interest:

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  • Add Infoboxes to articles.
  • Upload images to the WikiMedia:Commons and add images to all orders, decorations, and medals pages.
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  • Check references and cite sources for articles.
  • Expand orders, decorations, and medals stub articles into full articles.

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Help for Authors[edit]

Article naming[edit]

Two main issues arise here: How we should deal with multiple instances of the same medal name, as awarded by different countries, and how foreign medals, which have their own non-English names, should be named.


In any case where the same name is shared, disambiguation is the key. To take an example, a medal by the name of the Cross of Valour is awarded by both Australia and Canada. As a result we turn this page into a disambiguation page, as per the usual Wikipedia disambiguation guidelines. The medals in question are then moved to individual pages, named according to the convention Medal Name (Country). Therefore the Australian medal is to be found at Cross of Valour (Australia) and the Canadian at Cross of Valour (Canada). The disambiguation qualifier should always adopt the conventional short form of the country's name, never an abbreviation or initials - eg United Kingdom, not Great Britain or UK; United States, not US, USA, America, etc.

Non-English language awards[edit]

The basic rule is that the names of foreign-language awards should be translated into English except where there is an established track-record of referring to it by its foreign-language name. Therefore we use Iron Cross in favour of "Eiserne Kreuz", Pour le Mérite in favour of "For the Merit" or "Merit Award", and Param Vir Chakra in favour of "Bravest of the Brave Award". This effectively means that the article will reside at the customary English-language name. Having said this, editors are encouraged to create redirects for all reasonable permutations and variations on the name, whether in English or in the native language.

Selecting the right category[edit]

The main category for this topic is Category:Orders, decorations, and medals. This should not be used for articles about individual orders, decorations, or medals - instead these should be directed to the appropriate national sub-category. Only articles of pan-national importance or those dealing with the topic itself should be placed in the main category.

For further details see the WikiProject category policy.

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Project Templates[edit]

Please use the Template:Infobox Military Award in all articles relating to decorations and medals. This provides all the key information in a smart, easily accessible format. Other Project templates can be found here - feel free to add to this list if you develop your own templates.

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United Kingdom and Commonwealth[edit]

Victoria Cross


Victoria Cross for Australia


Order of Canada, Victoria Cross (Canada)

New Zealand[edit]

Victoria Cross for New Zealand

United Kingdom[edit]

Victoria Cross, Order of the Garter, Order of the Thistle, Order of St Patrick, Order of the Bath

United States[edit]

Medal of Honor (de-listed May 2012, working on getting it up to GA status), Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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Victoria Cross medals

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