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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Miniature Group of Four mounted on a pin-back laurel-decorated gilt bar, all on original correct ribbons. *** War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation (Croix de Guerre des Théâtres d’Opérations Extérieurs). Miniature bronze cross pattée with stippled arms, with crossed swords between the arms, on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a circular central medallion; the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing a female head facing right representing the French Republic within a ring inscribed ‘REPUB FRANC’; diameter 12.24mm (0.48 inch). The award was created on 30 April 1921 to be attributed to military personnel who received an individual citation for feats of arms in territories other than metropolitan France after 11 November 1918. The cross was awarded mainly from 1918 to 1939 for actions in the Middle East and North Africa and from 1945 to 1954 for operations in Indo-China. *** Medal of the Resistance (Médaille de la Résistance). Miniature circular bronze medal with integral bar for ribbon suspension; the face with the Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the Free French, and dated ‘XVIII.VI. MCMXL’ (18 June 1940); the reverse inscribed on a streamer ‘PATRIA NON IMMEMOR’ (The country will not forget); diameter 12.97mm (0.51 inch). The medal was created on 9 February 1943 by ordinance of the Comité National Français to recognise the ‘remarkable acts of faith and courage which, in France, in Europe and abroad contribute to the resistance of the French people against the enemy and his accomplices since 18 June 1940’. The date 18 June 1940 is that of the famous appeal by General de Gaulle to the French People. In all, some 48,000 medals were attributed by the Commission de la Médaille de la Résistance which alone had charge of the medals. It ceased to be awarded on 31 March 1947 except for deportees and the interned to whom it could be awarded posthumously. *** Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France (Médaille des Services Volontaires dans la France Libre). Miniature silvered bronze Cross of Lorraine with integral bar for ribbon suspension; the face with the upper and lower lateral arms inscribed ‘FRANCE’ and ‘LIBRE’ (Free France) respectively; the reverse with the dates ‘18 JUIN 1940’ (18 June 1940) and ‘8 MAI 1945’ (8 May 1945) on the upper and lower lateral arms respectively; diameter 11.4mm (0.45 inch). The medal was created on 4 April 1946 to ‘commemorate the voluntary service rendered by civil and military French and foreigners who engaged in the Free French Forces prior to 1 August 1943 or served Free France effectively, whether in the territories under the authority of the National Committee in London or in foreign countries before 3 June 1943’. The medal was awarded to Free French forces, including legionnaires and colonial forces in North Africa who engaged Rommel’s Afrika Korps. *** Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War (Médaille des Prisonniers Civils, Déportés et Otages de la Grande Guerre), 1914-1918. Miniature circular bronze medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a female standing figure with head bowed, her right wrist in chains, her left hand letting fall a flaming torch, a ruined village beyond; the reverse inscribed ‘PRISONNIERS CIVILS DEPORTEES ET OTAGES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE’ above laurel leaves, all within a chain border; diameter 12.73mm (0.5 inch). The medal was instituted on 14 March 1936 to recognise and remember the sacrifices of civil prisoners, deportees and hostages from the German-occupied parts of France in World War I. In all, some 11,000 awards of the medal were made. *** An interesting group.

 
Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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Mounted Miniature Group of Four: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation, Medal of the Resistance, Medal for Voluntary Service in Free France and Medal for Civilian Prisoners, Deportees and Hostages of the Great War, 1914-1918
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