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Médailles des Blessés
Cette médaille est décernée à tout militaire ou assimilé ayant reçu une blessure de guerre au cours d’une campagne ou une opération de maintient de l’ordre.

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Cette médaille est décernée à tout militaire ou assimilé ayant reçu une blessure de guerre au cours d’une campagne ou une opération de maintient de l’ordre.

For our non-francophones, this translates as: This medal is awarded to any military or equivalent [service] wounded during a [military] campaign or operation to maintain [public] order.

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Ilja

The 'bee' on the Silver Star is a nice touch. Is it a reference to the glories of Napoleon and his empire, or does it have specific significance to Ghana?

Peter

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Ilja

The 'bee' on the Silver Star is a nice touch. Is it a reference to the glories of Napoleon and his empire, or does it have specific significance to Ghana?

Peter

The similar bee is on the order of the Social merit of Dahomey (later Benin). Also francophone, BTW.

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Thank you for that, Taras.

I know that when I lived in West Africa in the early '80s the former French colonies still had very close ties with France. Crossing Niger, for example, every roadblock on the highway, and there were many, was made up of Nigerien troops commanded by a French NCO, usually FL, and the police chiefs of the larger towns were Frenchmen as well, so I thought there was a good chance that the bee was a symbolic 'hangover' from the 'old days'.

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The Silver Star of National Merit is awarded with either a Bee or a Lion in the centre of the badge. The Bee is awarded for good and loyal service rendered with efficiency, devotion, creative initiative and zeal in the field of politics, administration, economic, social, artistic or military service for at least five years; and the Lion for particularly meritorious service in any of the above mentioned fields.

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Chris

When you say "From a French troops medal parade this week..." do you mean they fell off and were picked up afterwards, bought fro a troop in a pub or...? Enquiring minds wish to know!

Peter

PS. Where exactly, 'east of Toronto' are you hanging your hat these days?

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Posted (edited)

Please,identify this badge.Is it a police one?

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