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War Cross 1939-1945, rare unofficial version dated ‘1939 1945’ (Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, rare modèle non-officiel datée ‘1939 1945’), miniature
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War Cross 1939-1945, rare unofficial version dated ‘1939 1945’ (Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, rare modèle non-officiel datée ‘1939 1945’), miniature
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Miniature bronze cross pattée with stippled arms, with crossed swords between the arms, on scroll and laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing a female head facing right representing the French Republic within a ring inscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE’ and decorated with laurel leaves below; the reverse with a circular central medallion dated ‘1939 / 1945’; diameter 10.98mm (0.43 inch); on original ribbon. The award was created on 26 September 1939, 23 days after the outbreak of World War II, and attributed to military personnel who received an individual citation for feats of arms. After the fall of France in the summer of 1940, Free French forces no longer had access to official supplies of the Cross (which bears the date ‘1939’ on the reverse). The French Vichy government produced versions dated ‘1939 1940’ and some examples were made locally in London but without the date on the reverse. After the war, others, such as this example, were made unofficially and dated ‘1939 1945’ on the reverse. This version of the Cross is quite rare.

 
War Cross 1939-1945, rare unofficial version dated ‘1939 1945’ (Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, rare modèle non-officiel datée ‘1939 1945’), miniature
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War Cross 1939-1945, rare unofficial version dated ‘1939 1945’ (Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, rare modèle non-officiel datée ‘1939 1945’), miniature
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War Cross 1939-1945, rare unofficial version dated ‘1939 1945’ (Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, rare modèle non-officiel datée ‘1939 1945’), miniature
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