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  • in reply to: Medal for the Return of the Crimea #17212

    christophe
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    Hi,

    And, here is the real thing…

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    Cheers.

    Ch.
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    in reply to: Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation #17098

    christophe
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    And here, awarded to a cavalier of the Soviet Order of Labour Glory.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

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    in reply to: Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation #17097

    christophe
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    Hi,

    Here is a new good pic of this Title awarded by Vladimir Putin on 1st May 2014.

    Cheers.

    Ch.
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    in reply to: War Cross / Croix de Guerre – Giraud 1943 #16798

    christophe
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    There are many different types, many of them artisanally made.

    Ch.
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    in reply to: War Cross / Croix de Guerre – LVF #16797

    christophe
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    The LVF War Cross displayed at the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris.

    Ch.

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    in reply to: National Order of Merit / Ordre National du Mérite #16796

    christophe
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    My pleasure. Thanks, Megan!!

    Cheers.
    Ch.

    in reply to: Legion d’Honneur and Orders Museum (Paris) #16794

    christophe
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    France is celebrating the 50th birthday of the national Order of Merit, insituted by Charles de Gaulle on 3 December 1963.

    An exhibition has been inaugurated on 14 July 2013, at the National Museum of the Legion of Honor, in Paris:

    "De Gaulle et le Mérite, création d’un ordre républicain."

    This exhibition will be open from 14 July 2013 to 26 January 2014.

    More details here:

    viewtopic.php?f=50&t=1154#p5363

    A not to miss exhibition!!

    Ch.

    in reply to: National Order of Merit / Ordre National du Mérite #16793

    christophe
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    And the press kit (in French) in PDF format :

    http://www.musee-legiondhonneur.fr/mlh/ … ite_DP.pdf

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    in reply to: National Order of Merit / Ordre National du Mérite #16792

    christophe
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    France is celebrating the 50th birthday of the national Order of Merit, insituted by Charles de Gaulle on 3 December 1963.

    An exhibition has been inaugurated on 14 July 2013, at the National Museum fo the Legion of Honor, in Paris:

    "De Gaulle et le Mérite, création d’un ordre républicain."

    This exhibition will be open from 14 July 2013 to 26 January 2014.

    It displays the origins of the Order, its creation,.. An interactive databook gathers the names of all the 306.000 decorated.

    if in Paris, don’t miss it!!

    More on the Museum website: http://www.legiondhonneur.fr/shared/fr/ … musee.html

    Ch.
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    in reply to: Patriotic WW1 Medals #16676

    christophe
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    Please, post here all about unofficial patriotic medals of 1914-1918.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    in reply to: Patriotic WW1 Medals #16677

    christophe
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    Hi
    I live in France now and I have become very interested in french war medals.
    Usually I can look them up and know what they are but I have found one that I cannot
    find anywhere.
    It has General Joffre on the front with his name on the top and LA FRANCE RECONNAISSANTE on the bottom.
    On the reverse it has the words VAINCRE OU MOURIR and on the left hand side from top to bottom it looks like
    acanthus leaves.
    It is a small rectangular medal and it looks to be silver or silver plate.
    Can anyone give me any info on this please?
    Thank you.

    This is a French "patriotic" medal as many have been produced during WW1 to support the Army and the Forces.

    Here is a pic of yours.

    Ch.

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    in reply to: Only 45 Companions of the Liberation still alive! #16675

    christophe
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    Only 22 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 20 April 2013 died François Jacob, Companion of the Liberation.

    François Jacob, born in 1920, was a student when the war broke out. He joins the Free French Forces in London in July 1940. He will take part to the expedition to Dakar, and to the end of the campaign of Gabon. He will then participate to the campaigns of Chad, Fezzan, Tripolitania and Tunisia, where he is wounded. Repatriated to Britain, he will land at Utah Beach in August 1944. Wounded again, he is evacuated to Cherbourg, and then Paris.

    After the war, François Jacob will complete his medical studies and supports a PhD in Medicine in Paris in 1947. He will become a Doctor in Sciences, and join the Institut Pasteur. He will make a very beautiful career in Genetics, crowned by several prizes, including the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1965. In 2007, he was appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Liberation, until 2011.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/490.html

    After his death, there are now only 22 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    in reply to: Only 45 Companions of the Liberation still alive! #16674

    christophe
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    Yes, unfortunately, Ed… :(

    He was a friend of my father. I have a pic of both together…

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    in reply to: Only 45 Companions of the Liberation still alive! #16587

    christophe
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    Only 23 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 23 October 2012 died Roland de la Poype, Companion of the Liberation.

    Roland Paulze d’Ivoy de la Poype, born in 1920, is a young Air Force pilot when he hears the call of the General de Gaulle. He joins England in June 1940. he will then take part in the dakar expeditiona nd the campaign of Gabon as a gunner. in November 1940, he is back to England to complete his training in flight schools of the Royal Air Force. Until march 1942, he is escorting bombers in their missions. Promoted to the rank of ensign in March 1942, he damages a Messerschmitt 109 in April, and shot down his first enemy plane, a Mersserschmitt 109, on 22 August 1942. After 60 missions, he joins the Fighter group Normandie, based in the Middle-East, ready to join Russia.
    Pilot patrol leader on board his Soviet made Yak, he is appointed deputy Commander of the "Normandie" in October 1943. Promoted lieutenant in December 1943, he distinguised himself during the operations of the Eastern Front, and specially over the Niemen. he shot down 15 enemy aircraft, including 4 of them the same day, on 16 October 1944. He is made Hero of the Soviet Union, promoted Captain a,d becomes the leader of the Normandie group. Because of his success, Stalin eceptionally allows him to go back to France with his Yak aircraft.

    After the war, Roland de la Poype, leaves the Air Force in 1947. he will make a superb civil, career in several domains and in particular in the plastic industry. He is the inventor of the "Dop berlingot", and the plastic car "Mehari". He also is the founder of the Marineland aquatic park in Antibes, South of France.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_compagnon/804.html

    After his death, there are now only 23 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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    in reply to: Only 45 Companions of the Liberation still alive! #16653

    christophe
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    Only 24 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    On 29 August 2012 died Louis Magnat, Companion of the Liberation.

    Louis Magnat, born in 1915, an oil engineer, worked in Argentina before the war. Assigned to Cote d’Ivoire in may 1940, he heared the call of General de Gaulle and rallied the British and then the French free Forces in Cameroon. He will then participate in the occupation of Tripolitania and Fezzan. From Tunisia, he joins England, with the 2nd Armored Division (2nd DB). He lands in Normandy in August 1944, and will participate to the Liberation of Paris and Strasbourg. he will then join the Atlantic Front, to reduce the pocket of Royan, in April 1945.

    After the war, Louis Magnat will continue his career in oil prospecting in Argentina. He will then move to the United States and Spain.

    Here is his bio (in French) :

    http://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr_co … /1056.html

    After his death, there are now only 24 surviving Companions of the Liberation.

    Ch.

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