Gilt metal circular medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with oak and laurel leaves, a red enamel rayed five-pointed star imposed; the reverse plain; on original ribbon.
The Medal was established on 27 July 1916 for military wounded in combat or who suffered injury in service by accident or illness. It was further awarded to wounded soldiers, prisoners of war, deportees and internees of the Resistance during the Second World War and subsequently to soldiers wounded in more recent conflicts.
There was for many years discussion, based on an interpretation of both a Circular of the Chamber of Deputies of 11 December 1916 and article 2 of the law of 8 November 1952, whether this award should be an insignia or a medal. It was argued that it is a variant of the white-starred medal for civil wounded and that the original intention was for a five-pointed red star insignia to be worn on the ribbon of the campaign medal concerned. However, over hundred years later, Decree 2016-1130 of 17 August 2016 (since codified), clarified that the Medal for the Military Wounded replaces the Insignia for the Military Wounded. Its precedence was subsequently confirmed by Decree on February 22, 2019.