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1940 WW2 FRENCH VICHY CROIX DE GUERRE GALLANTRY MEDALdeguerreReg Price:
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About this itemRarest Type - French Croix de Guerre gallantry medal ever awarded. Made during the German occupation of France, all French veteran's that were awarded the Croix de Guerre for Gallantry in combat before the German invasion, and if now loyal to the newly formed Vichy Government placed in power by German occupation forces had to exchange their Republic awards to this the new Vichy type.
This scarce Vichy version cross was instituted on the 28th of March 1941. It has the same design as the earlier 1939 type with the exception that the reverse shows 1939/1940 inscription, the ribbon was changed to green with black edges and five black stripes, it was only awarded from 1941 until the liberation of France by the allies in 1944. It was proudly worn by French Vichy soldier's serving in the French colonies, including members of the French Foreign Legion serving on the Russian Front. Pétain and the Vichy regime willfully collaborated with German Forces.
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