1st Class-established 29 July 1942. Awarded to army commanders and their staffs for exceptional service in directing combat operations.
2nd Class-Established 29 July 1942. Awarded to corps, division, and brigade commanders and their staffs for planning a battle which, as a result of a surprise and decisive attack, leads to the destruction of a numerically superior enemy.
3rd Class-Established 29 July 1942. Awarded to regimental commanders, their chiefs of staff, and battalion and company commanders for outstanding leadership, organizational ability, and perseverance leading to decisive victory in battle.