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Expedition Cross
Het Erekruis voor Belangrijke Krijgsbedrijven met de batons.jpg
Expedition Cross with clasp for Timor 1942 and mentioned in dispatches crown. Below the cross are ribbon bars showing appurtenances for the Honorary Sabre, Honourable Mention, and three clasps
Awarded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Type Military decoration
Awarded for Service on military expeditions
Status No longer awarded
Clasps 33 total
Established 19 February 1869
Next (higher) Decoration of Merit[1]
Next (lower) Lombok Cross[1]

The Expedition Cross (Dutch language: Expeditiekruis ) officially known as the Cross for Important Military Operations (Dutch language: Ereteken voor Belangrijke Krijgsbedrijven ) was a military decoration of Kingdom of the Netherlands. Created by royal decree on 19 February 1869, by King William III, the cross was awarded for participation in major military operations between 1846 and 1942.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Expedition Cross is a four-armed silver metal cross, 39 millimetres (1.5 in) in diameter. The obverse bears the effigy of King William III in a round center medallion, surrounded by a garter with the inscription VOOR KRIJGSVERRIGTINGEN (for military operations). Between the arms of the cross is a wreath of oak leaves. On each of the four the arms is a "W" monogram. The reverse is plain.

The ribbon is light green with yellow-orange borders.

Clasps[edit | edit source]

clasp for Guinea 1869-1870

Campaign clasps are also silver and are 42 mm by 9 mm, they are worn on the ribbon of the medal. When the cross was established there were six clasps, in subsequent years the total number of claps rose to 33.

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