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July 2, 2011 at 8:17 am #13480
Since the reinstitution of the Republic in France in 1870, three differents types of the Legion of honor are known. They are named following the Republic during which they were created even if the dates don’t totally coincide.
: From november 8 1870 until February 27 1951.
: Head of the goddess Ceres surrounded by a blue circle with the inscription "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE" (french republic) over the date 1870.
: A flag crossed with a standard surrounded by a blue circle with the inscription "HONNEUR ET PATRIE" (honor and fatherland) over two crossed laurel branches.
: From February 27 1951 until November 28 1962.
: Same as the former type but the 1870 date was withdrawn for a star. In the french mind, 1870 was the date of a defeat and not of the reinstitution of the republic. The same modification was made on the Military medal.
: Same as the former type
: Since November 28 1962
: Same as the former type.
: Same as the former type but the laurel branches were withdrawn for the inscription "29 FLOREAL AN X" (May 19 1802 in the french republican calendar), date of the institution of the order.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.July 2, 2011 at 10:16 am #13497
This is excellent !! Many thanks FX.
Ch.July 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm #14221AnonymousInactive
Checking Légion d’honneur awards
Does anyone know how to research awards of the LdH to French units?
My great-uncle Marcel Verzieux was an officer of Engineers 1914-18, and was awarded this decoration, which is in my collection. He also received (from photographic evidence) the Croix de Guerre avec étoile (and would have added a Palme for his LdH).
Unfortunately that side of the family is poorly documented, and since neither he nor his sister married, and his nephew was killed in 1918 as a pilot, I haven’t had any luck turning up a family member.
It is a rare family name, and apparently he was the only Verzieux in the French Army to be wounded or decorated.July 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm #14222j. mccullochMember
Try Prosper Keating over at the British "Gentlemans’ Military Interest Club" site. Apparently the French issued many books with the citations of these medals printed for those killed and wounded. The archives are intact.
Look in "international" and send him an email.
Bon Chance Mes Amis.July 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm #13733
I made a quick search on the Leonore database (for the Legion of honor) and on "Mémoire des Hommes" (french KIA) but couldn’t find any Verzieux. Could you post the photo please. Never saw a Legion of honor with palm, to my knowledge, only belgian orders sometimes bear a pealm.September 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm #14908friviligParticipant
I had meant to post this title earlier when the discussion was fresher, however the vicissitudes of moving meant it was packed in a box. The box and book were re-found last week. The following vintage title may prove interesting to those researching WW I American Legionnaires. The book is filled with hundreds of names with short biographies of their merits.
, Compiled by James Howard Gore, W. F. Roberts Co, Washington, 1920.
It can also be viewed at: http://www.archive.org/details/american … 00goreialaNovember 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm #15239drainParticipant
I recently read in a local paper about two area World War 2 Veterans, who recieved the French Legion d’Honneur, Chevalier for servive to France during World War 2 and I was wondering would they also be awarded the Croix de Guerre, 1939-1945. I remember reading that whenever someone was award the French Legion d’Honneur, (any grade) or the Medaille Militaire, in World War 1 or World War 2, they automatically recieved either the 1914-1918 (WW1) or 1939-1945 (WW2) Croix de Guerre (with palm at least)?November 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm #15236
The answer is no.
The Croix de guerre is awarded for a specific act of bravery, it is not a service award, so they only receive the Légion d’honneur.
During the war when the Légion d’honneur was awarded for service, the Croix de guerre was not given.November 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm #15247drainParticipant
I keep that in mind and my growing knowledge about non-US Medals. Thou it is strange that everyone I encounter that has been awarded the Légion d’honneur during the war years also has the Croix de Guerre.November 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm #15254
That’s because during the war the Légion d’honneur was mostly given for bravery in the field, in this case the croix de guerre is given too, but don’t forget that this order is given for distinguished service or career to military and civilians.December 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm #15425Frank DutilParticipantJanuary 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm #15492Henk-WillemParticipant
I can only say the same as last year’s Christmas: Wonderfull Christmas present!!!January 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm #15543
Nice one !!
What is the metal ?
Ch.January 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm #15544Frank DutilParticipant
Aucune foutue idée…
In English, no bloody clue…February 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm #15582
No metal mark ?
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