Italian Peacekeeping Crosses

ITALIAN COMMEMORATIVE PEACEKEEPING CROSSES
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Italy has a long history of peacekeeping activities throughout the world. Italian forces have participated in numerous UN missions as well as other sub-regional peacekeeping efforts in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. In conjunction with these missions, Italy has issued a sometimes confusing series of crosses (and one medal) as well as several distinct ribbon combinations. In some cases the medals are issued with bronze (silver in the case of Afghanistan) bars to denote the specific mission. For earlier missions, the planchet was engraved with the name of the mission. The following chart is as complete as possible based on the information available to me as of September 1, 2006, but I am always open to additions/corrections as new information or bars may become available.

Ribbon
Year
Name
Finish
Inscription
Known
Bars/Devices
 
 
 
 
Obverse
Reverse 
 
1982
Commemorative Cross for the Peace Missions in Lebanon
Dull Silver
LIBANO UNFIL SINAI
PER LA PACE
 
1984
Commemorative Cross for Personnel Serving in UN Operations Designated by the General Staff
Dull Silver
Blank
 PER LA PACE
 
1985
Commemorative Cross for the Peace & Security Mission in the Red Sea
Dull Silver
MAR ROSSO
PER LA PACE 
 
1986
Unified Commemorative Cross for Foreign Peace Missions(replaces previous three medals)
Dull Silver
Blank
PER LA PACE 
(All in bronze)
AIRONE
CIPRO
CONGO
COREA
HEBRON
ISRAELE
JUGOSLAVIA
LAOS
LIBANO
MOZAMBICO
M. ROSSO
PAKISTAN
PALESTINA
SINAI
SOMALIA
UNIFIL
YEMEN 
1988
Commemorative Medal for Navy Personnel in the Persian Gulf (not a cross)
Dull Silver
Map, anchor superimposed, chain around edge
PER LA PACEE PER LA LIBERTA DI NAVIGAZIONE
 
1991
Commemorative Cross for the Persian Gulf War 1990-1991
Dull Silver
GOLFO PERSICO
Star
Crossed Swords for Actual Combat 
1993
Commemorative Cross for Operations in Somalia
Dull Silver
SOMALIA
Star
 
1993
Commemorative Cross for Humanitarian Operation (Pellicano) in Albania
Dull Silver
PRO HUMANITATE Also version: ALBANIA
Star 
 
1994
Commemorative Cross for the Sicilian Vespri Operation
Dull Silver
VESPRI SICILIANO
Star
 

 
Commemorative Cross for Peace Operations (Updates 1986 version with blank reverse)
Dull Silver
PER LA PACE
Star 
(All in bronze)
BOSNIA
KOSOVO
MEDIO ORIENTE
TIMOR-EST
ETHIOPIA ED
ERITREA

Bronze Stars
Silver Star 
1996
Commemorative Cross for Humanitarian Aid Operations
Dull Silver
PRO HUMANITATE
Star 
(All in bronze)ALBA
ALBANIA 1, 2, 3
IRAQ
MACEDONIA- ALBANIA
IRAQ 2003
 
Commemorative Cross for the Restoration of Public Order
Bronze
PER LA PUBBLICA SICUREZZA
Star 
FORZA PARIS
VESPRI SICILIANI
RIACE
DOMINO
PARTENOPE
2001
Commemorative Cross for Operations in Afghanistan
Dull Silver
PER LA SICUREZZA
Star 
(All in silver)
ISAF
ENDURING FREEDOM
AFGHANISTAN 


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