Médaille Commémorative des Dardanelles
Instituted jointly with the Orient medal, 15th June 1926. The
Dardanelles medal was awarded to French participants of the
Gallipoli campaign ( 1915 - 1916 ) during the Great War.
The French Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli numbered 42,000
men at its peak with 15,000 of these killed. The Imperial War Museum
has a good summary of the
French involvement (PDF)
The medal; bronze, of 30mm diameter, the obverse
depicting the helmeted figure of la Repubique and the inscription
REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE with the engravers signature "Georges Lemaire"
at 8 o'clock. Reverse; the view of a landscape framed by palm trees,
with flags, gun barrel and an anchor in the foreground - this scene
under the inscription "DARDANELLES". Also the nearest
flag in the scene bears the inscription HONNEUR ET PATRIE 1915 1918.
The suspension is formed from two palm fronds and a crescent. The
medal is occasionally found with the bar DARDANELLES which is of
decorative function only.
Ribbon: white with five green vertical stripes.