The Order of the Liberation
Ordre de la Libération
The second highest French order, only preceded by
the Legion of Honour. Instituted 16th November 1940 by General De
Gaulle. See the link below for full details.
The medal; a bronze rectangular shield 33 x 36mm, obverse slightly
convex, over which is a short sword which has a black enamel cross of
Lorraine overlain. Reverse bears the legend: PATRIAM SERVANDO
VICTORIAM TULIT. ( By serving the Fatherland, he/she achieved
Victory ). The ribbon is green with black stripes, the black
represents the mourning of France and the green symbolic of the hope
for the future. The initial ribbon produced in Britain had diagonal
black stripes before the one shown here was adopted. This medal is
described by Alec A. Purves in his ubiquitous publication "The
Medals & Decorations of World War II" as "a rather ugly badge"
but personally I think is is a most beautiful and appropriate
example of the medallic art, which just goes to show that beauty
really is in the eye of the beholder.