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French Croix de Guerre WWI

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it seems the French framed their awarded from WW1 more than most nationalities.  

At least that's how it seems me me...;)

11 hours ago, Mark McM said:

just acquired, a *very* dark bronze example.  It's quite aesthetically pleasing, imho.  


Like looking croix

I wish I knew more about why some or dark and others not? I would also like to know how many manufacturers there were. To me honest, I don't know that I've ever looked to see if any I own arecmaker marked except for me Silver CdG.

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I have been bitten by the Croix de Guerre collecting bug. Here is my first haul; I expect there will be more. I don't know what it is about this particular medal. Maybe its simplicity, its history, its reputation. Whatever it is, I'll be scouring flea markets and military shows and even Ebay for more. (I really need a cheaper hobby)


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here's an American award.  Note the pin brooch.  This was obtained from the soldier's descendants, along with written provenance from the family and a copy of his service record.  Very nice to find a documented American example!



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My - so far - one and only Croix de guerre. It's the 1940-1918 version with one star.

I needed one for an exhibition in an Lokal museum. I gave them - just for this exhibition- the Croix de guerre and the ww1 battle damaged untouched Adrian Helmet.


But... now... I have a big problem... I... probably was bitten by the Croix de Guerre bug to. They are cheap, good looking and they look good next to my ww1 iron crosses.

Ok ok here is the photo. Croix de Guerre with the Adrian Helmet. You can see the shrapnel dents on the helmet. He had much luck - not a single  one break thru even when the metal is cracked.


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Oh boy, how many doses? So far it's not cured me....



 French citations are very attractive. I should have started collecting them long ago. 

I fear a fellow named Chris B has nabbed most of the nice German and French citations.... lol

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On 5/3/2017 at 08:21, Tunneller said:

It`s not  a healthy bug  to  get  bitten  by, believe me:D



I like what I see of your collection. I absolutely love French medals and uniforms.


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Name:Calvin S. Hildreth

Birth Date:11 Apr 1896

Birth Place:Dalton, Massachusetts, USA

Serial Number:41373

Residence Place:Hallowell

Military Date:31 Mar 1919

Comments:Enl: RA Ft. Slocum, N. Y., June 1/17. Pvt; Pvt 1st cl Jan. 7/18. Org: Co D 48 Inf to Aug. 14/17; MG Co 2 Inf to disch. Eng: St Mihiel; Aisne-Marne; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. Received citation. Awarded French Croix de Guerre. Wounded in action: About Oct. 5/18. Overseas: Sept. 7/17 to Feb. 2/19. Hon disch on demob: Mar. 31, 1919.



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