Croix du Combattant
Cross of the Combatant
Instituted 28th June 1930 for award to holders of the combatants
card. Awarded to the veterans of the Great War and
many of the participants of conflicts involving French forces since (including
WW2, Korea, Indochina, North Africa, etc).
In 1941 the Vichy Government authorised a new version of the
Combatants Cross with the dates 1939-1940 on the reverse (last
picture). The ribbon for the Vichy version was sky blue with black
edges and three black central stripes. Wearing of the Vichy
Combatants Cross was outlawed in 1944.
Description: obverse; a central medallion depicting la
Republique with the inscription
surrounded by a wreath, the whole integrated into a cross pattée.
Reverse medallion depicts a radiant sword and the inscription CROIX
Ribbon: light blue
with 7 red stripes.