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France: Cross of War 1914-1918 (Croix De Guerre 1914-1918). With 2 x 'Bronze Star' citation emblems (avec etoiles), and the riband draped with a 'Fourragere' in the colours of the Croix De Guerre 1914-1918


The original stitched silk riband, as-worn, with below emblems denoting;;

- 2 x 'Bronze Stars' = 2 x individual 'Citations' at Regiment or Brigade level
- Fourragere CDG = Unit was collectively cited in Army Orders 2-3 times times

The riband and 'Fourragere' suspended from a mounting rod or 'Boule', as-worn in the French style

Condition: GVF

Code: 20058

50.00 GBP


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France: Indochina Campaign Medal 1945-1953 (M?daille comm?morative de la campagne d'Indochine 1945-53 ). With clasps 'Legion Etrangere' & 'Dien Bien Phu', & 2 x red enamelled 'Wound' emblems


The ordnance medal riband fitted with 2 x emblems and 2 x clasps

- Clasp 'Legion Etrangere' (Foreign Legion)
- Clasp 'Dien Bien Phu' (for the largest post 1945 Colonial Battle)
- 2 x Enamelled 'Wound' emblems insignia

Issued to commemorate the French colonial wars in Vietnam in the period 1945-1953 - including the heroic, if ill-fated, defence of Dien Bien Phu - the latter battle immortalized by the staunch defence put up by the French garrison comprised of Foreign Legion, Paras and Colonial Forces, and being the defeat that effectively brought to an end the history of French colonisation in Indo-China

As testimony to the carnage at Dien Bien Phu, the below following are the estimated casualties incurred (The Viet-Minh killed & wounded figures are based on French estimates)

- France & French Colonial Forces: 2,293 Killed & 4,436 Wounded
- France & French Colonial Forces: 1,729 Missing
- France & French Colonial Forces: 11,721 Captured (inc 4,436 Wounded)
- Viet-Minh: 8,000 Killed & 15,000 Wounded
- Viet-Minh: 792 x Missing

Wound Emblem: Prior to 2016 there was no 'official' wound medal - the authorised 'Wound' insignia was originally a riband only with a red enamelled star. Later the protocol was to wear the approved red enamelled star on the respective campaign medal riband. Later still, white metal bars (agrafes) with red enamelled star centres were authorised for wear. In practise, while serving personnel followed the official protocols, veterans who left the services, did as they pleased many opting to wear the unofficial medals, while others wore the 'Wound Stars' on the ribands of the respective campaign medals for the campaigns in which they had been wounded. In 2016 after many years of clamour for change, the French authorities approved the award of an official wound medal, the recently introduced medal using the the original 'Wound' ribbon of the Great War, and the common design of the hitherto unofficial wound medal that had been worn by veterans since 1918

A superb & highly desirable medal, the more so to a Foreign Legion veteran who was present at Dien-Bien-Phu and was twice 'Wounded-in-Action' during the largest battle of the French Indochina War

Condition: GVF

Code: 20060

145.00 GBP


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A well documented French 'Armour' combat & campaign medal group of 3 for the Algerian War of Independence: Trooper Jean Maurice Sylvain Brazillet, 1st Squadron 27th Dragoons / 27?me r?giment de dragons


- Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combattant). With French Paris Mint marks
- Medal for Security Operations & Maintenance of Order clasp 'Algerie'. Paris Mint
- The North Africa medal M?daille d'Afrique du Nord). Paris Mint

Sold together with below following original ephemera;

- Letter dated 30 April 1980 confirming the award of the Carte du Combattant
- Letter dated 15 July 1969 pertaining to the recipients civil employment
- Official 'Brevet Militaire' (1957-1958) with photo ID of recipient
- Official Military Identity Card, with photo ID, this dated 1958
- Official Service Record 'Livret Inividuel' that confirms recipients service

Jean Maurice Sylvain Brazillet, was a native of Tauxigny, Loches, Indre et Loire, France, where he was born on 21 March 1935. Jean joined the French Army in 1955 and was posted to the 1st Squadron 27th Dragoons in 1956 (a regiment of considerable antiquity with it's origins dating back to its raising in 1674 - and dissolved in 1918 - re-raised in 1956). He served in Germany between 4 July 1956 - 18 November 1956, prior to being posted with his regiment to Algeria where he disembarked on 23 November 1956, and remained in theatre on active service through to 3 November 1958 - on which latter date he embarked for return to France. During their service in Algeria the 27th Dragoons was deployed to south Oran, and latterly in south Algiers. For his service in theatre with the 22nd Dragoons, he is confirmed entitled to all 3 medals as listed

The ribands of all the medals fitted with two-pronged mounting pins, or 'epingles', as traditionally worn in the French style

Condition: Medals EF

Code: 20061

85.00 GBP


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Colonial France (French Union Army) Kingdom of Laos - Parachutists Brevet Wings. White metal and gilt


The Laotian paratroopers owed their origin and traditions to the French airborne forces of the First Indochina War, during which 2 x Laotian airborne units were raised in 1948 and 1951 respectively. Both of the Laotian airborne units were heavily engaged during the French Indochina War and both earned high praise for their prowess in the field while under active combat conditions

This die-struck badge from circa 1953-1954. Complete with rear post and rod fittings, as worn

The insignia with official French makers marks on reverse 'Les Insignies Militaires DRAGO 3.R. De Romainville Paris', and below the warning 'Reproduction Interdite' (Reproduction Forbidden)

The famous French insignia maker DRAGO was located at 3 Rue De Romainville, Paris, in the period 1952-1960

A superb item of Laos 'Para' insignia dating from the era of the French Indochina War

Scarce

Condition: GVF

Code: 19892

60.00 GBP


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France: Colonial Medal (la Medaille Coloniale). Second type official Paris Mint medal with single sided wreath suspension. With gilt clasp 'Maroc 1925'


The medal is of the second official Paris Mint type with single sided suspension wreath

Medal with Paris Mint twin 'Cornucopia' logos and numeral '2' in between, on reverses of medal

The clasp is of the official type by Paris maker 'Chobillon', with a well struck makers mark stamped in the centre of the back strap of clasp

'Maroc': The clasp was instituted on 6 January 1926, and was awarded for active service between 15 April to 31 December 1925, during the Rif War fought in Morocco against the Berber forces of the legendary Aran nationalist leader Abd el-Krim. At the height of the Rif War, the French and Spanish combined military forces numbered as many as 250,000 'All-Ranks' deployed in the field.

The medal fitted with a good length of original moire stitched silk riband

Condition: GVF

Code: 19921

65.00 GBP


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France: Verdun Medal 1916. 3rd model by 'Prudhome' (M?daille de Verdun, mod?le 'Prudhome'). With clasp (agrafe) 'Verdun


By comparing the number of casualties incurred by both French and German forces, the battle of Verdun, or 'The Grinder', was the single bloodiest battle fought on the Western Front during the Great War

Condition: VF

Code: 18257

50.00 GBP


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France: Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance). 2nd Class award


This was only the second decoration created by the Free French, under General De Gaulle Instituted in 1943 and awarded in two classes

The medal with Paris Mint 'Br' mark & 'Cornucopia' logo on reverse

The silk riband attached to a two pronged mounting pin (epingle) as -worn in the traditional French style

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 19086

45.00 GBP


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France: Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combattant)


Reverse of lower arm of cross with 'BR' (Bronze) hallmarks and Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' mark

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

Condition: GVF

Code: 19483

20.00 GBP


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France: Commemorative Medal of the Great War (Medaille Commemorative 1914-1918). With clasp 'Engage Volontaire'



The medal was awarded to all French and French Empire personnel that served during the Great War

Note: The clasp 'Engage Volontaire' was awarded to those personnel who had 'Volunteered' for military service. The clasp was only awarded to those that volunteered - and not to conscripts

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

Condition: GVF

Code: 17307

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France: Lot of 3 x Great War era Veterans Association and Commemorative Medals


Comprising;

- National Union of Combatants (Union Nationale Combattants). Members badge
- National Union of Combatants (U.N.C.). Merit Medal (Medaille Du Merite). Silver Grade
- France: Veterans of Great War 1918-1978. Official 60th Anniversary Medal Medal

The UNC Silver Merit Medal was awarded to deserving members of the UNC who were already holders of the 'Bronze Merit Medal', and had served as an Officer of the UN. Recipients had to have worked for the UNC, or otherwise have promoted the interests and causes of Great War veterans for at least 5 years. The medal was only awarded to one recipient per group of 3000 UNC veterans

The last medal uncommon, and only awarded to qualifying Great War veterans who were still living 60 years 'after' the end of the Great War

Condition: Mostly GVF

Code: 19480

20.00 GBP


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