1939-1945 War Commemorative
Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre de 1939-1945
Instituted 21st May 1946, for award to the French Army,
Navy and Air Force for service against the Axis nations during WW2.
The Free French fighting with allied forces were eligible, also
civilians in certain circumstances.
The Medal: an irregular bronze hexagon, maximum dimension 43mm high
by 28mm wide approx. Obverse: the cross of Lorraine with a
triumphant Gallic coq superimposed, standing on a slipped chain.
Reverse the inscription: REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE GUERRE 1939 1945
surrounding a small laurel branch.
Ribbon 36mm wide, pale blue with (red bordered) green edge stripes,
the centre has a column of small red "V's" for Victory.
16 official white metal bars were issued. The Italy bar was withdrawn upon the
institution of the Italy
Campaign Medal. Various unofficial bars have been
produced in addition to the date bars below.
thirteen campaign bars:
MER DU NORD
three status bars:
bar bearing a red enamel star )
ENGAGE VOLONTAIRE (volunteers)
seven unofficial date bars are also commonly
1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945.