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Wonderful... I do hope you have more to post.

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How are multiple awards of the Croix de Guerre represented on the medal/ribbon bar? I have noticed that over time, the ribbon type has changed. Did the awardee wear the ribbons that are current in effect for the award, or he wear the different ribbons as awarded, meaning that he would be wearing two different ribbons for the same award.

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How are multiple awards of the Croix de Guerre represented on the medal/ribbon bar? I have noticed that over time, the ribbon type has changed. Did the awardee wear the ribbons that are current in effect for the award, or he wear the different ribbons as awarded, meaning that he would be wearing two different ribbons for the same award.

If one won the Croix de Guerre in WW1 and in WW2, he wears both type of ribbons.

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Thanks Lilo. This entire thread is great! I have read it a couple of times already. I am glad that this group is in the hands of someone who appreciates it!

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Morocco 1922. My GGF is the one standing. The other three in their colonial whites. The man in the middle is wearing a Medaille Coloniale along with at least two other medals which are obscured by their glasses. Also, Black socks with colonial whites is a bad look.

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Another one from the 1932 when he was an Adjudant-Chef of the 2eme Tirailleurs.

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Hello ralstona

This last picture in interesting : it shows an officer wearing his full Legion of honor badge whith everyday service uniform. This was the RULE before WW1 but the ribbons became more the fashion after. The Legion has always been finicky about such details and the tradition may have carried on with them.

Happy New Year

Veteran

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Back to Morocco, 1922. Mounted Company. My GGF is second from the right holding the flag.

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I cropped this one from a picture I posted above. This is 1931 Mostaganem, Algeria. 2eme Tirailleurs Algerien. My GGF is in the middle. Interesting the three different uniforms. Different collars, colors and belts. Can anyone clarify the differences?

Also, notice that my GGF is wearing both the fouragerre of the unit and a second fouragerre CdG TOE. This was the a titre personel which we spoke of in a different post.

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Congratulations ralstona,

You can be proud of your ancestor. That is a superb military career. Swiss are peaceful people, but when they decide to go at war...

Cheers

Bill

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I have been thinking about doing this for awhile. Includes his campaigns, medals and 4 Legion units he served with. It took me about a week.

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Very nice set up. Congratulations

I am not sure I recognise the last ribbon on the first row (croix du combattant ?) and the last two on the second. He probably would have received the Allied Victory medal if he had a croix de guerre + commemorative for WW1, don't you think ?

Bravo !

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Curiously he never wore his victory medal even though he had one. Neither in uniform or on his ribbon bars. I have no idea why but I decided to leave it out. Bottom row last two (WWII commemorative, Ouissam Alaoite).

Art

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Cool idea Chris. Are all of these ribbons readily available?

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Another picture to add. This is in Syria 1925 with the 1 REC. Notice the gandourah's being worn. They were loose fitting linen garments worn over the uniform with ranking on a buttoned chest tab. They have their cheches (long desert scarf) worn , at their commanders whim, wrapped around their heads "a la Tcherkesse". If you have Osprey M-a-A Foreign Legion 1914-1945 plate D3 illustrates the same get up.

Art

P.S. My GGF is on the left.

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Thank you for sharing this amazing grouping.

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My grandmother's neice (who lives in Arles) just sent me some more documents about my ggf. They were just sitting in a drawer but when she found out I was so interested in the story she sent them to me. The group is quite amazing. It includes:

1. ID card from when he was Chief of Police for the Oran Dockyards.

2. Naturalization certificate from 1927

3. Award document for the Medaille Militaire

4. Award document for the Medaille du Levant

5. Certificate of participation for being present at the Battle of Messifre in 1925 in Syria.

6. Certificate of participation for being present at the Battles of Rezzaz and Souieda in 1926 in Syria.

7. Written confirmation of his CdG TOE a titre personnel.

Here are a few of them.

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Close up of the "business end" of the above document. Click to enlarge.

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Medaille Coloniale, bar Maroc Certificate. Click to enlarge.

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