The Italian Campaign Medal
Medaille de la Campagne d'Italie 1943-1944
Instituted on the 1st April 1953 for award to members
of the French Expeditionary Corps to Italy, 1943-44. Half the
strength of this expeditionary force were composed of colonial
troops, Moroccans, Algerians and Tunisians, and were a formidable and
successful fighting force.
The medal; 36 mm diameter silver plated
bronze. The obverse depicts the Gallic coq within a laurel wreath
surrounded by the inscription; CORPS EXPEDITIONNAIRE FRANCAIS D'ITALIE
1943-1944. Reverse bears the inscription CEF REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
within a laurel wreath. The ribbon; seven red and six white vertical stripes.