The National Defence Medal
Medaille de la Defense Nationale
Instituted 21st April 1982, and awarded to the
Military for "operational service" and interventions for the benefit
of civil populations. Also available to civilians and foreigners for
service beneficial to the defence of France. Eligibility is assessed
via a combined time served / points system. medals are in three
classes , bronze, silver (plate) and gold (gilt).
The medal: 36mm diameter, the obverse shows the dramatic figure of
La Marseillaise and the inscription
reverse show the
Phrygian cap and the inscription ARMEE NATION DEFENCE NATIONALE
some of the bars issued:
BAITMENTS DE COMBATS
FUSILIERS COMMANDO DE L'AIR
lots more... under construction...