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An Outstanding Officer's group of 11 to a former 'Colditz' POW, 1940 Casualty & confirmed triple 'Escaper' later decorated for courage at Lubeck POW Camp: Lieutenant Colonel Jean Tarrade, French Army, late 3rd Battalion 43rd Regiment of Colonial Infantry

- Legion D'Honneur. 4th Class 'Officier'. 4th Republic issue circa (1946-1962)
- Cross of War 1939 (Croix de Guerre). With 1 x Bronze Palm & 1 x 'Gold' Star
- Cross of War for Overseas Theatres of Operations. With 1 x Silver Star citation emblem
- Escapers Medal (Medaille Des Evades). With French Mint marks
- Combatants Cross for Volunteers. Type II dated 1939-1945 & clasp
- Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combatant). With French Mint marks
- Colonial Medal. Type II with uniface suspension & clasp 'Extreme Orient'
- Commmemorative Medal for Second World War 1939-1945. With clasp 'France'
- Commmemorative Medal for Indochina 1945-1954
- Medal for North Africa (Medaille D'Afriqie Du Nord). With clasp 'Tunisie'
- Wound Medal (Medaille Des Blesses). With red enamelled star on riband

Note: The LOH insignia with usual minor enamel chips commensurate with wear

The group is sold together with a comprehensive archive of original documentation, including but not restricted to;

- Original parchment certificate for Legion D'Honneur. 4th Class 'Officier' (5 October 1955)
- Original illuminated presentation certificate for Legion D'Honneur. 5th Class 'Chevalier'
- Original award document for Medaille Des Evades, dated 25 March 1948
- Award document for Croix Du Combattant Volontaire 1939-1945
- Official citation for the Croix De Guerre T.O.E. (for South Vietnam)
- Original Illuminated presentation citation for CDG TOE'
- Original award document for North Africa Medal (Medaille D'Afrique Du Nord)
- Original testimonial / letters of reference from brother officers
- 8 x Photostat pages from Officers 'Record of Service'
- Original photograph of recipient circa 1946, wearing CDG, Evaders & Wound ribands

Important: The recipient was decorated with the Legion D'Honneur 5th Class for his gallantry while a Prisoner of War - an award for quite exceptional services, the very detailed citation giving specific details of the hardships endured by the recipient, and that he was 'latterly' the leader of a 'Resistance' cell within the Prisoner of War camp for Officers at Lubek, Germany, where his armed 'resistance Group'successfully seized command of the camp near or at the end of the war (LOH citation refers)

Important: The recipient was interred for a period at the infamous 'Colditz Castle', which is not surprising considering the recipients multiple escapes and general trouble making to his captors. Moreover, the recipients magnificent recommendation for the Legion D'Honneur, specifically cites his internment - prior to later transfer to 'Lubek' - at the 'Fortress Camp for Reprisals'. The LOH recommendation states that he had escaped 3 x times 1940-1941, for which he was interred at the 'Fortress Camp for Reprisals' for 44 months including 51 days in solitary confinement, during his 60 months of captivity

Extracts in French of official citations for all the recipients Wartime (he was promoted to 'Officier' of LOH in 1955) decorations including LOH and War Crosses, and all of the citations are shown below;

1). Legion D'Honneur (Chevalier). Awarded Legion d'Honneur and attribition of Croix De Guerre 1939/45 avec Palme, ref Decree of 20 May 1947 and published in J.O. issue of 23 March 1947

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Magnifique Officier blesse et cite en 39/40 pour sa belle conduite au feu au cours de la Campagne de Belgique et de Flandres. A peine remis de sa blessure, rejoignit son Regiment pour reprandre la lutte. Fait prisonnier en Juin 1940, n'cesse de lutter pour reconquerir sa liberte. S'est evade 3 fois en 1940 et 1941 et a ete repris. A paye sa courageuse attitude de 44 mois de forteresse, de camp de represailles dont 51 jours de cellule sur 60 mois de captivitie. A pris le Commandement du Groupe Franc du Mouvement de Resistance du Camp represailles de Lubek et sa participe a la tete de ce Groupe avec les armes des gardiens, a la prise de ce Port, faisant des prisonniers et capturant des armes et des Munitions

Cette Nomination comporte l'Attribution de la Croix de Guerre 39/45 avec Palme
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2). Croix De Guerre 1939. Awarded Croix De Guerre 1939 avec Etoile de Vermeil, (Ordre General No 88I-c due Ministre de la Defense le du 17 December 1941)

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Commandant de Compagnie d'Accompagnement, extremement actif et excellent technician. S'est toujours depense sans compter, en particulier le 24 May 1940 a Trith-Saint-Leger, au cours de violentes tentatives de franchisement du Canal de l'Escaut par l'ennemi. A fait preuve des memes qualities d'energie et de courage a Haubourdin, encercel par l'ennemie due 28 jusqu 'au 31 Mai

A ete legerement blesse au debut de la Campagne

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3). Crox De Guerre (T.O.E.). Awarded La Croix De Guerre des Theatres d'Operations Exterieurs avec Etoile d'Argent, Saigon, Vietnam 1 May 1950

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Tarrade Jean - Capitaine - 3/43e Regiment d'Infanterie Coloniale

"Officier ardent et dynamique - Adjutant Major d'un Bataillon en operations, tojours volontaire pour les missions difficiles - N'a cesse au cours de durs combats livres par son Unite dans le Sous-Secteur de BENCAT (Province de THUDAUMONT - Sud Vietnam) de faire preuve d'un allant remarquable -

" Sest particulierement distingue lors des operations combinees "EMILE et JOSEPHINE" du 6 au 13 Juillet 1949, et au cours d'actions de pacificiation dans les regions de VINH HOA et de la Foret d'AN SON - A la tete d'elements de renforts, a participe jusqu'a fin Mars 1950 efficacement au degagement de convois et groupes d'overture tombes dans des ambuscades sur la route de DAUTIENG et la R.F. 13-A, au cours de ces attaques, et malgre de violentes reactions adverses, fait preuve du plus parfait mepris du danger"

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The postage quoted for this group reflects the additional work and higher costs to despatch this archive of 11 medals and associated ephemera

Condition: Usual enamel wear to LOH VF, all other decorations GVF

Code: 19319Price:


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France: A fine unattributed mounted Second World War French 'Resistance' medal group of 3:

Comprising:

- Legion of Honour (Legion D'Honneur). 5th class 'Chevaliers' breast badge
- Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance). 1st Class 'Officer' grade
- War Commemorative Medal 39-45 (Medaille Commemorative 39-45). Clasp 'France'

The Legion of Honour with 'Sanglier' silver hallmark , or 'Poincon'

The 'Resistance' medal was the second decoration instituted by the Free French, under General De Gaulle, and was created in 1943. Only an estimated 4586 x 'Medal of Resistance' of the 1st Class 'Officer' class were awarded

The 'Liberation' clasp on the Commemorative Medal, was awarded for service in mainland France and the isle of Corsica, between 25 June 1940 and 8 May 1945. The medal with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo and bronze metal hallmarks on reverse

The group mounted on a mounting-rod, or 'Boule', in the tradtional French style

Only minor chipping to LOH, otherwise an attractive combination of awards mounted in the 'Ladder' style

Condition: GVF

Code: 18626Price: 195.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award from the era of the 'Restoration' of Bourbon Royalty, 1814 - 1830. With King Henry IV obverse portrait, and 'Fleur De Lys' rever

Note: This is the type of award presented from 1814 - 1830, prior to and after Napoleon Bonapartes's '100 Days' in 1815'

The insignia with replacement silver supension ring, and some chips to enamel commensurate with age and wear

Condition: Chipped enamels GF

Code: 19316Price: 100.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

A nicely toned example with minor scuffs & chipping to enamel consistent with having been worn

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18501Price: 95.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 4th Class 'Officier' (Officer) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse. With silk rosette on riband denoting a 4th class award

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

The original silk stitched 'moire' riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as traditionally worn in the French style

A beautifully toned example with all enamel intact,.and with silver / maker 'Poincons' on the reverse of the bow-tie of the insignia

Condition: About EF

Code: 19315Price: 125.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel with gold centres. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse, and contained in plush case of issue

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in the 'World Wars'

Sold together with plush hinged leatherette case of issue, and companion button-hole lapel badge with silk rosette of the Legion D'Honneur

The original stitched silk riband suspended from a two pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the French style

A most attractive example of this prestigious award

Condition: Toned about EF

Code: 17425Price: 125.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

A fine toned example with all enemal intact

Condition: About EF

Code: 19314Price: 95.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

Condition: Enamel damage GF

Code: 19313Price: 40.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

Condition: Chipped enamels about VF

Code: 19312Price: 55.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour. 5th Class 'Chevalier' (Knight) breast badge in gilt & enamel. 4th Republic issue with undated 'Single Star' obverse circa 1946-1962. An exquisite 'Deluxe Model'

A superb quality example of the Legion D'Donneur as awarded during the post-1945 wars in Indochina, Algeria and all other conflicts in the era 1946-1962

The silk riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the French style

A choice example

Condition: EF

Code: 19311Price: 110.00 GBP

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