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War Cross (Croix de Guerre) 1939
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War Cross (Croix de Guerre) 1939
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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 bearing the date ‘1939’; on original ribbon.

The Cross was instituted 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. It was superseded by the 1939-1940 version, awarded by the Vichy Government, after the fall of France in the summer of 1940 and is thus relatively rare.

 
War Cross (Croix de Guerre) 1939
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War Cross (Croix de Guerre) 1939
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War Cross (Croix de Guerre) 1939
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