War Cross / Croix de Guerre – TOE (Foreign Theaters)

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    ed_haynes
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    Croix de Guerre des Théâtres d’Opérations Extérieurs (TOE) / War Cross for Foreign Theaters of Operation

    The original Croix de Guerre was intended for award for operations in metropolitan France. On 30 April 1921, a variety was established for services outside France, especially in the colonies.
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    panarion
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    Reinstated in the 1915 the CDG enabled distinctions such as " mentioned in Dispatches " and "unit citations" to be enabled in one decoration.

    This sample from my collection was issued to a recipient who had received two ETOILES DE BRONZE ,(Bronze stars) on top of the medal to show he participated in active service and was also mentioned in dispatches twice … so the recipient was no slouch.

    The reverse shows the word " theaters operations exterieurs" meaning he was in the service of France outside of her borders.

    In other words I anticipate this is a decoration for a legionnaire or a colonial soldier

    This medal is estimated to be from the 1930s , however if anyone is able to add to, or provide a different perspective in regards this medal that would be appreciated as French medals are not my strong point.
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    Frank Dutil
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    This one is called the "Croix de guerre des théâtres d’opérations extérieurs" which translates into "war cross for foreign operational theaters". It was established on April 30, 1921.

    The 2 bronze stars denote mentions at the regimental or brigade level.

    The one thing helping in the dating is the way it is mounted. It is on a "mounture à boule", a "ball mount" which were the norm between the wars so your assessment as this being an earlier award makes some sense.

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    panarion
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    WOW! that is the first time I have ever been accused of making sense!

    seriously, I do appreciate the feedback,I am glad mt assumptions were correct.

    #16241

    christophe
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    The one thing helping in the dating is the way it is mounted. It is on a "mounture à boule", a "ball mount" which were the norm between the wars so your assessment as this being an earlier award makes some sense.

    I agree with Frank.

    Ch.

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