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July 2, 2011 at 6:47 am #11898ed_haynesParticipant
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.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.September 29, 2012 at 11:52 am #16153panarionMember
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.
Croix de guerre – colonial service (rev).png
Croix de guerre – colonial service.png
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.September 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm #16158Frank DutilParticipant
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.October 3, 2012 at 10:40 am #16172panarionMember
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.October 20, 2012 at 10:24 am #16241ChristopheParticipant
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.
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