Croix du Combattant Volontaire de
Cross of the Combatant Volunteer of the Resistance
Instituted 15th April 1954, to
commemorate voluntary service of three months duration or more in
one of the recognised Resistance organisations. Only service prior
to 6th June 1944 in the occupied zones could be counted.
Description: A 34mm wide cross pattée in bronze,
with a heavy gilt finish. Suspension is by means of a free
ring. Obverse: The arms of the cross are in filled with laurel
leaves, a central medallion bears an oversized cross of Lorain* .
Reverse, the plain cross has a simple central medallion bearing the
inscription 'COMBATTANT VOLONTAIRE RESISTANCE'
Ribbon; black with four narrow green stripes, and red edges.
* The symbol of the Free French
Two of the main resistance organisations were:
Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (F.F.I.),
Forces Françaises Combattantes (F.F.C.)
Claims for the medal were administered by the Ministry for
Ex-Service Personnel, successful applicants also received a diploma.
80,000 awards have been made.