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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 (M?daille Comm?morative de la Guerre 1940-45) with large gilt 'Crossed Sabres' emblem and clasp 'Dieppe'



The 'Crossed-Swords' emblem was awarded to Belgians who had experienced active service in the Belgium 1940 Campaign, and was later extended to all those who had served under fire at any time during the period 1940-1945

The battle clasp shows that the recipient later served during the daring - if ill-fated - Canadian led 'Dieppe Raid', that was carried out on 19 August 1942

Many 'Free Belgians' patriots in exile served in the the United Kingdom during the Second World War, either as members of the Belgian armed forces (mosly army units for example 'Brigade Piron', or in Commando / SAS units) or as airmen and sailors serving with or attached to the British Royal Air Force, or Royal Navy

By the close of the Second World War it is estimated that as many as 1900 Belgians had served in the Royal Air Force

In October 1940, Lieutenant Victor Billet, a Belgian Naval Officer, was officer commanding the dedicated Belgian naval force within the Royal Navy, viz Royal Navy Section Belge (RNSB). Men and ships of RNSB were present at the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942, where their founding officer, was lost, having been posted as Missing-in-Action. It is estimated that as many as 1200 Belgians served in RNSB during the Second World War

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

Condition: About EF

Code: 19939

125.00 GBP


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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 (Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 1940-45) with reduced size 'Crossed Sabres' emblem, and 3 x clasps 'Bat de Belgique 1940', 'Bat D'Angleterre' & 'Dieppe'



The 'Crossed-Swords' emblem was awarded to Belgians who had experienced active service in the Belgium 1940 Campaign, and was later extended to all those who had served under fire at any time during the period 1940-1945

The battle & campaign clasps denotes that recipient first saw combat in Belgium during the 1940 'Blitzkrieg Campaign', and then served as a 'Free Belgian' aviator / pilot / aircrew in England during the 'Battle of Britain', and who flew as aircrew with either a Belgian or British Squadron of the Royal Air Force during the daring - if ill-fated - Canadian 'Dieppe Raid', on 19 August 1942

Apart from those allied air-crew from Poland / Czechoslovakia the largest number of foreign pilots from 'North Europe' that served with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain were those from Belgium. Belgian pilots being credited with having shot down 24 x German enemy aircraft during the course of the battle

It is estimated that approximately 124 x Belgian air-crew personnel, almost all of whom were either Pilots or cadet pilots, had reached the United Kingdom by August 1940. Not all of these men subsequently served during the actual 'Battle of Britain', and records variously claim that between 28-30 Belgians flew operationally. Of those no less than 18 were killed in action during the Battle of Britain, or at some time later in the war.

During the Battle of Britain, the Belgian pilots are credited with having shot down 24 x enemy aircraft.

The Belgian air-crew were spread amongst several R.A.F. Squadrons during the Battle of Britain, and it was only in November 1941, that two separate all 'Belgian' Squadrons were formed, viz 349 and 350 (Belgium) Squadrons. 349 Squadron served initially in West Africa,but 350 Squadron (Spitfires) remained in Britain, and the Squadron deployed providing fighter cover for the daring, if ill-fated, Dieppe Raid (1942). 350 Squadron subsequently served continuously on fighter sweeps in the North West Europe theatre 1942-1945, including over the skies of Belgium, Holland and Germany

By the close of the Second World War, it is estimated that 1200 Belgian nationals had served in the Royal Air Force.

A rare unattributed and desirable 'Battle of Britain' related medal to allied air-crew who served amongst 'The Few', and who was later present at the 'Dieppe Raid' operations of 19 August 1942

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

Condition: About EF

Code: 19938

185.00 GBP


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Belgium: Overseas Campaign Medal 1951 (Medaille Commemorative Des Theatres D'Operations Exterieures 1951 ). With 2 x clasps 'Coree-Korea', 'Haktang-Ni' & 'Coree-Korea' & Bronze Lion 'Citation' and red enamelled 'Wound' cross



This type of medal has thus far only been awarded for service during the Korean War

Note: Only an estimated 3178 x Belgian and 78 x Luxembourg personnel served with Belgium United Nations Contingent (B.U.N.C.) between 1951-1954

A very scarce seen multi-calsp emblem campaign medal for the Korean War to a Belgian veteran who had the distinction of being 'Cited' for gallantry and awarded a Bronze Lion citation, and who was also 'Wounded-in-Action'

This medal ribbon fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the Belgian style

Condition: EF

Code: 20214

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Belgium: A comprehensive unattributed Belgian 'Military & Armed Resistance' Second World War era distinguished service & campaign medal group of 7



The medal group comprises:

- Order of the Crown: 4th class 'Officer'. With silvered 'Palm' & silk rosette
- Military Cross (Croix Militaire / Militaire Kruis). 1st Class. With silk rosette
- Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Rsistance)
- Volunteers Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille du Volontaire 1940- 45)
- Combat Volunteers Medal 1952. With clasp 'Pugnator' (Fighter)
- Commemorative Medal 1940-1945. With 'Crossed Sabres' emblem
- Military Combatants Cross 1940-45 (Combattant Militaire de la Guerre)

The group mounted in the swing-style and as-worn in the correct Belgian order of precedence. The medals suspended from a traditional bronze gilt mounting bar

A very fine combination of awards denoting service to a Belgian national who, as a volunteer, served variously with the Belgian Armed Forces and the Armed Belgian Resistance at different times during the Second World War. The Combatants Cross was only awarded to those who served overseas from Belgium for part of the war in the United Kingdom, and who subsequently volunteered to serve his country for a second time as a military fighter in 1952 (Cold War era)

Condition: About EF

Code: 20208

185.00 GBP


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Belgium: Medal for National Restoration 1914-1918 (Medaille de la Restoration Nationale 1914-1918)



This bronze gilt medal was instituted on 22 May 1928

Awarded for special meritorious service to those recognized for their work as; officers, administrators, commissioners, and support staff, in the multi-various military and cicvil, services, institutions and specified organisations that were established to restore & repair the extensive war damage caused to the national, regional & civil infrastructure, materiel and human society

The original issue silk riband now stitched and fitted with clip fittings to reverse for wear 'as-worn' by a recipient

A good example of what is the hardest to find in the prolific series of Belgian medals awarded for the Great War

Condition: GVF

Code: 20207

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Belgium: City of Liege Commemorative Medal 1940-1945



Following the precedent of the Battle of Liege 1914 medal that was awarded by the municipality of Liege for those defenders of the City of Liege in 1914, the Liege Victory Medal of 1940-1945, was awarded to veteran residents of the city, and Belgian personnel including resistance who took part in the 'Liberation' of the city in September 1944 together with the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army - 'The Big Red One' - to mark the Victory in 1945 & their war services 1940-1945

An interesting - and befitting - feature of the obverse design of this medal, is that it includes 2 x monuments on either side of the helmeted portrait. One is the monument in 'Leige', the other is the Statue of Liberty - the latter in memory of the liberating 1st US Infantry Division. The 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army has its European Campaign memorial - an obelisk - located at Schwarzenbach, 4760 B?llingen, Liege, Belgium

The riband of the Second World War issue uses the same 'colours' as the 1914 medal

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

Scarce seen

Condition: EF

Code: 20206

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Belgium: Medal for the Deported of Forced Labour 1942-1945 (La Medaille du Deport pour le Travail Force 1942-1945)



The medal was instituted on 23 December 2002 as a retrospective reward to recognize all Belgian nationals who had been forcibly deported to Germany and German occupied territories as forced labour during the period 1940-1945

This medal is the penultimate officially instituted Belgian service medal for the Second World War

Condition: EF

Code: 20173

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Belgium: Medal for Resistance against Nazism in the Annexed Territories 1940-1945. With 'White Stripes' for all those who 'Actively Resisted' the German Occupying forces, Military & Civil, in their home region in the annexed territories



Instituted on 16 April 1985 for award to eligible recipients who had resided for at least 5 x years the German speaking region of Belgium (the Eastern Cantons that were annexed after WW1 as war indemnity) and who actively opposed / resisted Nazism during the Second World War and held one of the below following statuses of recognition:

- Political prisoners
- Armed resistance fighters
- Intelligence and Observation operatives
- Civilian resistance (including saboteurs)
- Refactory
- Prisoners of War 1940-1945
- Resistance worker with the clandestine 'Underground Press'
- Deportee for compulsory labour members expelled from the area
- Those forced into German Army / German Labour that deserted before 6/6/44

The medal was awarded to three different categories of 'Defaulter', each category being awarded a distinctive riband as under:

- Pale blue with 2 x yellow Stripes: Awarded to those who had been conscripted into the German military but who subsequently deserted

- Pale blue with 2 x red Stripes: Awarded to those who had been expelled and or otherwise deported from their home region, including POW's, Forced Labour etc

- Pale blue with 2 x white stripes: Awarded to all other 'Refractory' listed above who remained in their home region but actively resisted the German occupying force

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

Scarce seen on the market

Condition: EF

Code: 20175

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Belgium: Medal for Resistance against Nazism in the Annexed Territories 1940-1945. With 'Red Stripes' for all those 'Expelled or Deported' from their home region (Medaille du Resistant contre le Nazisme dans les Territoires Annexes)



Instituted on 16 April 1985 for award to eligible recipients who had resided for at least 5 x years the German speaking region of Belgium (the Eastern Cantons that were annexed after WW1 as war indemnity) and who actively opposed / resisted Nazism during the Second World War and held one of the below following statuses of recognition:

- Political prisoners
- Armed resistance fighters
- Intelligence and Observation operatives
- Civilian resistance (including saboteurs)
- Refactory
- Prisoners of War 1940-1945
- Resistance worker with the clandestine 'Underground Press'
- Deportee for compulsory labour members expelled from the area
- Those forced into German Army / German Labour that deserted before 6/6/44

The medal was awarded to three different categories of 'Defaulter', each category being awarded a distinctive riband as under:

- Pale blue with 2 x yellow Stripes: Awarded to those who had been conscripted into the German military but who subsequently deserted

- Pale blue with 2 x red Stripes: Awarded to those who had been expelled and or otherwise deported from their home region, including POW's, Forced Labour etc

- Pale blue with 2 x white stripes: Awarded to all other 'Refractory' listed above who remained in their home region but actively resisted the German occupying force

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

Scarce seen on the market

Condition: EF

Code: 20174

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Belgium: Medal for Resistance against Nazism in the Annexed Territories 1940-1945. With 'Yellow Stripes' For deserters from the German Military' (Medaille du Resistant contre le Nazisme dans les Territoires Annexes)



Instituted on 16 April 1985 for award to eligible recipients who had resided for at least 5 x years the German speaking region of Belgium (the Eastern Cantons that were annexed after WW1 as war indemnity) and who actively opposed / resisted Nazism during the Second World War and held one of the below following statuses of recognition:

- Political prisoners
- Armed resistance fighters
- Intelligence and Observation operatives
- Civilian resistance (including saboteurs)
- Refactory
- Prisoners of War 1940-1945
- Resistance worker with the clandestine 'Underground Press'
- Deportee for compulsory labour members expelled from the area
- Those forced into German Army / German Labour that deserted before 6/6/44

The medal was awarded to three different categories of 'Defaulter', each category being awarded a distinctive riband as under:

- Pale blue with 2 x yellow Stripes: Awarded to those who had been conscripted into the German military but who subsequently deserted

- Pale blue with 2 x red Stripes: Awarded to those who had been expelled and or otherwise deported from their home region, including POW's, Forced Labour etc

- Pale blue with 2 x white stripes: Awarded to all other 'Refractory' listed above who remained in their home region but actively resisted the German occupying force

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

Condition: EF

Code: 20176

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