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Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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Circular silvered bronze medal with laterally-pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a half-length male figure, his head turned to the right, his armed crossed in defiance across his chest, signed ‘J. WITTERWULGHE’ (for the artist Joseph WITTERWULGHE, 1883-1967); the reverse inscribed ‘FORSAN VICTI NUNQUAM SERVI’ (Latin = Perhaps defeated; never a slave) and dated ‘1940-1945’ above; on original ribbon mounted for wear in the Belgian style for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities. The medal was instituted on 12 February 1951 to recognise those who had refused to perform military or work service for the German occupiers. The medal is comparatively rare.

 
Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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Defaulters’ Medal (Médaille des Réfractaires / Werkweigeraarsmedaille), 1940-1945, on the ribbon for those who refused to carry out military duties for the German authorities
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