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    French Croix de Guerre WWI

    Well my elusive 1914-1916 Croix de Guerre arrived today. As a bonus it has a Bronze Palm attachment on the ribbon. First up here is the 1914-1916 piece:
  2. Here's a nice worn tunic in horizon blue for a general de brigade.
  3. From the inhospitable Colomb Bechar... from what i understand, this concerns a Legionnaire who changes his name and nationality, (To Dutch). I think it may be a German Legionnaire during the war....
  4. This is the Commemorative Medal for World War 1 Veterans. Obverse:
  5. Here is the list.... Lets see your variations...
  6. Does anyone know why/how the French government continued to award various long service and honour medals to Vietnamese people after 1945? I sometimes see them with dates from the 50s-70s? Are these for Vietnamese people living in France? Did the government continue to give medals after they were gone? Any info would be great? Below is an example to illustrate. Art
  7. On the 9th of July 1878 August Victor Tiffay was born to an unmarried young garden worker in the city of Rouen.
  8. 2 pics that came from this group... http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=26931 Unfortunately I dont think any are from him. I think one is from a comrade, one was sent to him in 1910... Maybe, just maybe this is the widow he later married with her first husband (maybe he knew them before the war already) long shot but possible....
  9. I was recently able to purchase an amazing group of medals and documents to a real life Dog of War. His real names is Yves Guillou but he was better known as Yves Guerin-Serac. Here is what I got and the bits of his story I have uncovered so far. If anyone out there has more information about him, especially his activites post Korea, please feel free to let me know. First up, his medals. A rahter impressive grouping comprising the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, A Croix de Guerre TOE with bronze palm, two gold stars and a silver star, Colonial Medal with EO bar, Korean War Medal, Indochina War Medal, Wound Medal, US Bronze Star Medal with V Device, UN Korea Medal and a Croix de Valeur Militaire with silver star. The eagle eyed among you will notice the lack of a medal for North Africa, and the unusual positioning of the Croix de Valeur Militaire, but there is probably a good reason for that as we will see later.
  10. Hello I have draw some icons of french 1914 ranks. I think there is not any mistake: About stars, is strange the first general rank begin whith two, and the Mariscal of France has seven, two more that the General.
  11. Since many nice pictures of al Valore Militare medals for the Italian 2nd War of Independence (1859) circulate on the forum, I thought it would be interesting to add this one: it is an unusual engraving, with "Armata d'Italia 1859" instead of the usual "Guerre d'Italie 1859". I have the recipient's history from French archives, a very interesting career, I must say; the medal has been in my collection for more than 20 years and comes from a reputed dealer; type is F.G., engraving is correct, identical to many other 1859 specimens of my collection and I have no reason to doubt about its originality. This engraving confirms what was said on the forum, i. e. that no attributions (and thus, engravings) were made in Torino where the medal was struck, but it was rather left to French regiments to decide on the attributions, and engrave the medal. In this respect, I have an interesting document of that period, providing the guidelines of engraving. If interested, I can scan it and put it on the forum. It would be interesting to create a set of specimens, for appreciating different engraving styles. I know of at least four different styles.
  12. Hello. I just purchased this interesting commander’s cross. It states ‘Union et Maintien’ on the cross center. As I researched this, I found a certificate for this exact cross, but in a Chevalier class. There the collector referenced it as Belgian. I have a number of questions: 1. Is this Belgian or French? 2. If it is Belgian, why no crown? 3. Who issued and awarded this medal (a government ministry or some association)? 4. I know this is for Social and Philanthropic services rendered. Do you know though the criteria? Especially, why were there several grades? 5. What time period is this from? 6. Is this a common medal or is it somewhat rare? 7. What would you estimate the value? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks you. Linas
  13. I finally found myself a nice Sacristain China 1860 medal. I'll now be able to finish my French frame. Thought I'd share this pic of my 2nd Empire items going into it.
  14. Ed suggested a seperate thread for these.. I am tempted to think just reading Hendriks site negates any possible reason for having a thread, but lets see how it goes. here is my own OM, a bit beaten and nowhere near the quality of the old silver ones....
  15. Greetings and Hello, I just wanted to know if there are French/ FFL DI Collectors on the Forum? Regards
  16. Hey guys, I thought I would start a thread on Generals items and hope additions from other Collectors. it would be nice to have a thread dedicated to French generals.
  17. Many of you are familiar with the French "Hommage de la Nation aux morts de la grande guerre" commemorative scroll, which depicts the Rude sculpture of the Marseillaise from the Arc de Triomphe. I have one of these to a 1915 casualty named Blache of the 140e R.I. and last week I received a second to Danielo of the 348th R.I., a 1916 Verdun casualty. My eye instantly picked up a difference between the two. The first faithfully follows Rude's sculpture, as the young man in the foreground is starkers. My new one has a strategically-positioned fold of cloth. I've never thought of the French as being puritannical, but I'm wondering if there was some hesitancy among families to display the Full Monty in a tribute to their lost son? Was it perhaps just a bit too rude? And speaking of Sdt Danielo, does anyone know what happened to the 348th RI at Douaument June 8, 1916? It lost at least 34 men, many of whom, like Danielo, are listed as "disparu" - no body recovered.
  18. After discussing my latest Legion of Honor finds with Bison, and the challenges often presented when trying to research and identify the different stamps on these ODM's, I thought I would start a reference type thread on marks specifically. Perhaps, if we get enough interest and input from the various members here, we could turn a working thread into a "sticky" and/or clean up a finished thread and eventually pin it to the top for easy reference. In the German areas of collecting, you have to be concerned with unscrupulous individuals that are lurking here on the forums to gain detailed information to incorporate into making better, more accurate fakes. However, the area of French ODM's is viewed differently. As Bison pointed out to me, these small, detailed marks are probably the utmost difficulty for fakers. Because of their size, they are not able to copy them easily and even if they succeeded in doing that, it is a far riskier endeavor for them because they in essence, are copying a state guarantee. This is a crime in France and is punishable by law in the same way that manufacturing fake money would be. Pehaps another way to view this therefore is, the best way to jeopardize fakers, is to disseminate information about these little marks. Anyway, I do not have a lot of answers on these marks personally and will need to rely on other's inputs as well but, I think we can get a good thread going here if we all chip in. I'll try to resize some PIC's later and start adding some as the day goes on. Feel free to comment and add any items of interest. If you know what the marks are and can describe what we are looking at, great! If not, and just want to know what something might be, post it and hopefully someone else can fill in the answers. Looking forward to seeing inputs!! Tim
  19. Here's a nice horizon blue "bonnet de police" or "calot" for a general de brigade. These are fairly rare and I'd love to see other Collector's general's headgear. I love French uniforms and enjoy collecting generals items.
  20. <b>Battle of the Nile Napoleon's Lost Fleet An Eyewitness Account of the Battle of the Nile August 1, 1798</b>
  21. Got this fellow in today. Not one you usually see plastered all over the forums .... A little background: The French Medaille D'Honneur du Travail (Medal of Honor of Labor) was created May 15, 1948 to combine four different medals awarded by four different French Ministries. The Medal of Honor of Labor has four degrees of which silver represents 20 years of service. Obverse:
  22. Hello, These belonged to my great-grandfather: Ernest Frederic Hauser Brief Career summary: Born in Switzerland (1898) Enlisted at 16 in the French Foreign Legion Wounded in 1915 on Western Front Inter war served in Morocco (Rif War), Algeria (of course), Levant (Druse War), Mesopotamia Transfered in 1930s to Tir. Alg. Commissioned reserve Lt. in Legion 1939 - picked to serve with 13 DBLE, served as Lieutenant in Norway (awarded the Legion of Honour). Went back to Algeria (did not stay with DeGaulle) Fought from 1943-1945 including invasion of southern France. He earned: Legion of Honour (1940 - Awarded by Vichy govt., France had fallen by the time he got home) Medaille Militaire Three Croix de Guerre (notice the Vichy CdG in the case but a FF CdG on his ribbon bar!) Corresponding campaign medals Missing medals in case: Medaille Coloniale (2 bars), Norway Commemorative Medal, WWII service Medal (4 bars), Ouissam Alaouite
  23. Dear collector friends Who can tell me more about that medal of Nichan Iftikhar ou Nichan Al Iftikhar: 1. Which period? 2. Manufacturer? 3. Value? Many thanks
  24. Good day all. New to the forum so please be gentle with me, I recently acquired a Kings Medal For Courage given to those overseas who helped the allied cause in WW2. Resistance fighters and partisans have always interested me and I'd like to put together a small representative group of medals given by the respective governments specifically for their efforts in fighting the German occupiers. There are a lot of copies and late issues around so I know I've got to be wary. So far I just have the médaille de la résistance (Gaunt issue) and am now looking at the médaille des services militaires volontaires de la France Libre. Such is the minefield that there appears to be the bubble finish type and the smooth finish cross, but which is 'right' and which is a later issue? Not so concerned about 'gallantry' issues rather than the standard general issue type. If there is a reference book on these I could be directed to or a collection online to study I would be very grateful for a heads up. Got an idea on the Greek and Belgian issues out there but the Polish resistance award seems a bit vague (late issues) and Norway, Holland etc. seem ultra scarce for the real thing. Any help would be gratefully recieved. Regards. Easty.
  25. Dear all, I would like to introduce my website exhibiting my collection of French medals and especially of Legion d'Honneur. I plan to make an English version but for the moment all the description are in French due to lack of time. www.lacollectionphaleristique.com I hope it will bring you useful information on this subject and all your comments are welcome Thank you La Collection Phaleristique
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