Sources on French awards – Books

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    christophe
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    Books about French orders and medals

    Here is a small suggestion of books about French Orders & Medals :

    "Décorations Officielles Françaises".

    By Administration des Monnaies et Médailles (Monnaie de Paris) – 1956 – 291 pages – 7000 copies published. In French.

    Very detailed on each order and medal issued before… 1956.

    Still available at the Monnaie de Paris’ shop, or on their website online shop.

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    "Les Décorations Françaises"

    Foreword by General Douin – 2004 – 108 pages – In French – Published by Trésor du Patrimoine. Paris.
    Not very detailed but includes a profile of each medal. Good book for a beginner.

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    Guide Pratique des Décorations Françaises Actuelles

    By Jean Battini and Witold Zaniewicki – 2nd Edition – 2003 – 385 pages – In French – Published by Editions Lavauzelle. Paris.

    Very practical guide, including detailed elements about the French medals their history and their conditions of awarding.

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    And now 2 other and older books by André Souyris-Rolland.

    They may sometimes be difficult to find, but are worthwile, and two excellent books.

    Guide des Ordres, Décorations et Médailles Militaires – 1814-1963

    By André Souyris-Rolland – 1979 (4th edition in 1991) – Published by Préal. Paris – 136 pages – In French.

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    And its civil counterpart :

    Guide des Ordres Civils, des Médailles d’Honneur et des médailles de Sociétés

    By André Souyris-Rolland – 1979 – Published by Préal. Paris – 148 pages – In French – 2000 copies.

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    Ordres de Chevalerie. Décorations et médailles français

    By Jean-Pierre Collignon – 2004 – Published by Jean-Pierre Collignon – 464 pages – In French – 1500 numbered copies.

    Expensive book, but worth the price. Covers the 1425 – 1870 period and shows 1400 photographs at the exact scale. The Reference today, for this period.

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    Les Ordres de Chevalerie et les Décorations

    By André Damien – 2002 – Published by Mémoires et Documents – 192 pages – In French.

    Nice book on history of orders, medals and decorations in France.

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    Dictionnaire des Compagnons de la Libération

    (Dictionary of the Companions of the Liberation)

    By Vladimir Trouplin – 2010 – 1232 pages – In French – Published by Elytis 2010. Bordeaux.

    This book gathers the 1061 bios of all Companions of the Liberation. Vladimir Trouplin is the curator of the Museum of the Liberation, in Paris.

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    La Médaille Coloniale – Guide du collectionneur.

    By Patrick Binet – 2010 – 256 pages – In French – Published by PBCO Editions.

    It is excellent in terms of content and very nice in terms of lay out !!! Really superb !!
    Inside are descibed not only the medals, but bars, miniatures, and maker marks !!
    A new book to buy it before it becomes rare and unfindable !!

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    Emering, Edward J. Orders, Decorations and Medals of the French Overseas and the Post-Colonial Period. 2003. Orders and Medals society of America. CD-ROM.

    With over 380 color pictures and excellent descriptions, this is an excellent resource.
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    (New York: The American Numismatic Society, 1928; no ISBN)

    This is a very good book if you want detailed and reliable information, though the images are not beautiful. Though old, it is still quite valuable (though it may be hard to find).
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    Byrne, Daniel M. Identification of French Orders And Medals 1996 Published by the author spiral bound. 100 Pages, color ribbon chart, black & white illustrations.

    A very handy guide to French awards includes Orders, Military Medals and Civilian Medals. Illustrates the award and gives a brief description of it’s history and criteria for award.
    My only complaint is the photocopied nature of the illustrations but in fairness the book was designed to Identify the orders & medals only.
    Normally available for a reasonable price on e-bay.

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    OMSA Monograph No. 7 (Reprinted 2006)
    Peter Coulston, Georges Hahn, Vicken Koundakjian & Bel-Ami Montreau
    Translated by the French Section of the OMSA Research Initiative (FSORI)

    It is a 30 page guide of the award and award criteria. Complete in detail of all laws and regulations pertaining to the award
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    French Campaign Medals of the Great War 1914-1918
    By Chris Rippingdale in 2005
    Published by Orders and Medals Research Society
    Published in Great Britain by Print Solutions Partnership
    ISBN 0-9539207-2-0
    77 pages

    A very informative book. It nor only covers the medal’s description and award criteria the history of the campaigns is also told. There are many color plates. I find it to be an EXCELLENT book.
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