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French ? Commander's Cross


Linasl
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Greetings all.

I have an opportunity to buy an interesting commander's cross here in France. I though do not know if it is French or of another origin. Please take a look at the photo. If there is any information you can provide, I would be grateful.

Thank you. Linas

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Interesting acquisition.

Often described as Médaille associative du Mouvement de Résistance "Combat", reportedly an award of one of the biggest WW II French Resistance groups' veterans' organizations. Apparently a typical French-style 5 class decoration, earlier pieces [1950s-70s?] usually enameled both sides. Beside actual veterans, membership criteria can include those who materially assisted the organization, financial supporters and perhaps veterans of post-WW II Algerian and Indo-Chinese expeditions. Insignia made in Belgium at one time [Fisch]. Often ribbon has a narrow central black stripe, significance unknown. Internet likely has more information on the movement: Some French collector sites offer a bit more information on insignia.

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You're most welcome! If you wish to collect all 5 classes, online dealers or auctions sometimes offer this award, often as 'unknown medal' or 'Monaco decoration'. Knight & Officer insignia are relatively easy to locate but the stars are, as one would expect, hard to find. Grand Officers' distinctions are an officer's breast badge + star and Grand Crosses a star, badge [same size as commander] & sash.

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