Circular bronze medal with loop and decorative ring for ribbon suspension; the face with a winged figure of Victory, a palm branch in her outstretched right hand, a laurel wreath in her left, signed ‘Henry NOCQ’ on the rim; the reverse with a plaque inscribed with the names of the Allied nations supporting a male figure wrestling with a snake, circumscribed in Greek characters The Great War for Civilisation and dated ‘1914-1918’ below; on replaced correct ribbon.
The idea of an inter-allied medal to commemorate victory in World War I is credited to the French Field-Marshal Foch. It was agreed that each of the Allies should issue a medal to their nationals featuring a figure representing ‘Victory’ on the front and have a symmetric double rainbow ribbon with red, the colour of courage and sacrifice at the centre, representing the colours of the allies flags and presenting an allegory of calm after storm.
The Greek Victory Medal was instituted on 22 September 1920 to be awarded to military who had served at least three months of active service or had been wounded in action, died of wounds or had been killed in action and to sailors with service of at least a year between 14 June 1917 and 25 November 1918.
The medal was manufactured by V. Canale. It is now quite hard to find.