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  1. Request for identification assistance - FFL

    Hi, I think that stands for "Lignes Aériennes Militaires" ... Regards, Hendrik
  2. Belgium medal

    Hi Marius, FI/OF stands for Front de l'Indépendance/Onafhankelijkheidsfront PA = Partisans Armés MP = Milices Patriotiques All three are WW2 resistance groups. Regards, Hendrik
  3. Hello Simon, Quite correct. The only exception, AFAIK, would have been the British War Medal 1939-45 : permission to wear it was refused by the Belgian authorities as the recipient would also have received its Belgian counterpart, the 1940-45 Commemorative Medal, for the same services rendered. Regards, Hendrik
  4. Hello Kris, I think he would have been entitled to both the 1939-45 Star and the France & Germany Star. Depending on the date of his arrival in Britain, he may have been entitled to the Defence Medal as well. Brigade Piron members usually qualified for those. Regards, Hendrik
  5. Hello Chris, Here's a mate of his ... I note the difference in the way their rank is rendered. Regards, Hendrik
  6. Thanks Chris ! Great stuff. As the medal recipient was a diesel mechanic, the article's praise of the boats' maintenance directly concerns him. Regards, Hendrik

    Indeed it does ! Only recipients born in France or its "overseas territories" are in the database. Recipients of former colonies haven't been entered in it. Regards, Hendrik

    Plenty of them but none with those first names : LE BIHAN Alain François Marie 1905/05/05 Finistère ; Lesneven LE BIHAN Alphonse Edmond Louis 1882/12/17 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Ange Marie 1917/10/17 Loire-Atlantique ; Pont-Chateau LE BIHAN Charles Marie Casimir 1798/12/01 Pays-Bas ; Delft LE BIHAN Francis Alfred Henri 1890/11/24 Loire-Atlantique ; Saint-Nazaire LE BIHAN François Marie 1896/01/15 Finistère ; Plouégat-Guerrand LE BIHAN Félix François 1873/02/05 Côtes-d'Armor ; Saint-Igneuc LE BIHAN Gustave Jean Adolphe 1869/01/11 Finistère ; Quimper LE BIHAN Henri Lucien 1903/07/19 Finistère ; Kérity LE BIHAN Hervé Marie 1892/06/09 Finistère ; Roscanvel LE BIHAN Jacques Edouard Eugène Marie 1863/05/02 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Jean Mathurin 1881/06/29 Morbihan ; Locqueltas LE BIHAN Joseph Léon 1895/07/17 Morbihan ; Port-Louis LE BIHAN Joseph Marie 1882/09/12 Morbihan ; Pluvigner LE BIHAN Joseph Marie 1880/11/07 Finistère ; Plougasnou LE BIHAN Joseph Pierre Marie 1887/04/05 Finistère ; Guilvinec LE BIHAN Léon Joseph 1882/08/05 Morbihan ; Lorient LE BIHAN Léon Victor Marie 1909/02/01 Loire-Atlantique ; Pont-Château LE BIHAN Michel Yves Marie 1900/07/23 Finistère ; Pont-l'Abbé LE BIHAN Paul Emile Casimir Auguste 1830/08/17 Nord ; Valenciennes LE BIHAN Pierre Désiré Charles 1865/06/06 Finistère ; Brest LE BIHAN Yves François Marie 1872/04/30 Côtes-d'Armor ; Lannion LE BIHAN Yves Henri 1875/11/05 Mayenne ; Laval The dates and place names refer to birth date and place. Regards, Hendrik
  9. Many thanks Arthur for the perfect answer to my question ! Regards, Hendrik

    Hello François, I've not heard of or seen one so far. Just a thought : could your man have become a Canadian national after the war and before he received the Legion d'Honneur ? Foreign recipients are not listed in the Leonore database ... Regards, Hendrik
  11. Hello All, I've acquired a small set of medals awarded to a South African gentleman for his services during WWII. With the medals came copies of some paperwork in which two units/postings were mentioned : - a/m A.F.S. Gordon's Bay and No. 7 Motor Boat Sec. Any information on those would be much appreciated. Regards, Hendrik

    INFO SEARCH FRENCH VETERAN Hi, Nobody with that name and first names combination in the Légion d'Honneur database, I'm afraid. Regards, Hendrik
  13. Named French group WWI and interwar period

    Hello, The Léonore database should prove to be helpful : http://www.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/leonore/recherche.htm Enjoy going through the 5 likely suspects among the 13 listed Gardes ... Regards, Hendrik
  14. Hi ww1buff, Far from being an expert in the matter, I hold the same opinion as expressed in your "guess" of a number of awards being made available to the US forces to distribute as they pleased. As far as I know the US forces were never actively engaged in the Belgian part of the front and thus, such awards would not be made with a very specific citation but rather more likely with a short sentence indicating "for services rendered during the war" or something of that ilk. Regards, Hendrik