Crosses are commonly seen as military decorations, often in the form of the Maltese Cross. This page looks at one of these; the British Military Cross.
The Military Cross is a medal awarded to members of the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force in recognition of "exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy".
The distinctive shape is a George Cross with arms terminating in finials and decorated with crowns. The medal was introduced in 1914 during the reign of George V. The cypher (monogram) in the centre and the crowns on each arm represent the British monarch. ER: Elizabetha Regina (Queen Elizabeth), GR: George Rex (King George), etc.
Although it can be awarded to sailors and airmen it is restricted to action that took place on land.