Medals commemorating service in the armed forces of France or indeed resistence movements when an occupied country. Covers medals from Napoleonic times through to the modern day recognising along the way the major conflicts of the 20th century such as medals awarded for both world wars.
Ste Helene Medal commemorating the efforts of those who served in the Napoleonic wars. The original ribbon is a particularly difficult find.
French Inter war medal in Bronze for the Upper Silesia (Haute Silesia) campaign. In the post first world war years a plebiscite, admistered by the allied powers, was established in Upper Silesia whilst political discussions went on to award to the territory to either Germany or Poland.
The medal is made from Bronze and although considered a French medal (predominately awarded to French armed forces) the medal was actually issued by the Inter Allied government of Upper Silesia. This is recognised by the raised lettering on the reverse “COMMISSION INTERALLIEE DE GOUVERNEMENT ET DE PLEBISCITE” 1920 – 1922 dates in relief.
Medaille militaire for Valor (bravery) from 3rd Republic 1870-1940 (can see 1870 in Enamel) Valor award start by Napoleon continue to today.
Front: REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE 1870 gold letters, blue back
Back: VALEUR ET DISCIPLINE
St Helena medal for Napoleon Army. Number one France medal.
Front – NAPOLEON I EMPEREUR
Back – in the circle: CAMPAGNES DE 1792 A 1815 in the middle: “A SES COMPAGNONS DE GLOIRE SA DERNIÈRE PENSÉE STE HÉLÈNE 5 MAI 1821”
Find a lot but no easy to find bars for ribbon!
Writing “RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE” above laurel leaves then “GUERRE 1939 1945”
No easy find this one. 1914-1915 no long time.
France version 1914-1916 du Croix du Guerre
France Croix du Guerre version 1914-1917
WW1 issue but cross is given to French soldiers today. Cross was inaugurated by soldiers in WW1 not happy with protected soldiers at the back get same awards as fighters.
Croix du Guerre WW1 France. The set are of four dates. The 1914-1918 the most common, you find easy.