When looking at the Polish medals for the Second World War, we can see four different periods. Before the Second World War, until the German occupation, we have the Second Polish Republic. During the Second World War the Poles had their forces partly in the West and partly in the Soviet Union. The Polish Government in exile in London decided which decorations were awarded. From 1944 we however get the People’s Republic of Poland, that began instituting its own decorations. Finally since the collapse of the Soviet Union we have a new Polish Republic from 1990 on.
People’s Republic of Poland.
After the liberation of Poland by Soviet Force and Polish Communist forces, a Communist Government was instituted. Al decorations that could be traced back to the war of freedom in 1918-1921 were erased from the decorative system. Others were re-instituted and new ones, copied from the Soviet system were instituted.
Order of Precedence of the People’s Republic of Poland
A. Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Poland
1. Order of the Builders of the People's Republic of Poland
2. Order of Polonia Restituta I class
3. Order of the Cross of Grunwald I class...