Médaille Commémorative du Moyen-Orient / Commemorative Medal for Middle-East – 1956
Here’s a medal that I had nor scanned. It is the Médaille d’Orient (Medal of the Orient) with Clasp: Moyen Orient. It’s a reissue of a modified Médaille d’Orient (of 1926) for the Suez Campaign of 1956. Relevant operations aganst Egypt took place from 1 September 1956 to 22 December 1956 under the command of Admiral Barjot and General Beauffre and included the attacks on Port Said and Suez. (Thanks to Ed Haynes for the definition!!!)
What you have there is actually quite a scarce though underrated medal. French participants on the ground during the Suez Crisis comprised about 500 men of the 2nd Colonial Parachute Regiment and 522 men of the 1st Foreign (Legion) Parachute Regiment. They were supported by French naval aviation flying F4U Corsairs – shades of the Pacific – from the carrier Lafayette. So relatively few men (and women) qualified for it. There was no certificate. Anyone wearing it had just to show their paybook or other papers proving that they were in theatre between the qualifying dates.
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