15 times wounded.
15 times wounded.
As early as immediately following the First World War, many recipients of the "Insigne des blessés militaires", not satisfied with a mere ribbon, had medals privately made. Hanging from the same ribbon, these medals, of which multiple variants exist, consisted of a large red enamelled star most often surrounded by some kind of gilt laurel and/or oak branches. Small red enamelled five pointed stars were affixed to its ribbon denoting additional combat wounds. Many veterans opted to retain this unofficial medal and never transferred their wound stars to the official commemorative medals.
Even though extremely popular among veterans and openly worn in lieu of the approved insignia, it is not recognized by the Chancery of the Legion of Honour, and therefore is not an official French decoration. It does not appear on any official order of precedence chart. However, due to its symbolic value amongst combat veterans, it is quite often worn with other official decorations and was tolerated for wear on the uniform. Ironically, the medal is available from the Monnaie de Paris (Paris mint), along official French decorations."
is what I am reading online
You have the red one, so from 1952.
The WWI is like this
Main thing is that you are happy with it!
Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
From my friend...
I will address this small mail.Il is indeed curious that the "winner" has received the British Military Medal (which is not nothing!), The Cross Belgian war (with honors!) and not the French war Cross minimum! Medal wounded (from 1920) we can not know if he was injured in 14/18 or 39/45. Perhaps he fought (young) during all or part of the 1st GM and does all or part of the 2 is plausible. But the lack of "recognition" by French in this bar decorations is surprenant. English and Belgians awarded him their highest military and not his own country decorations?
Is the third medal in the pics of the front the british military medal ???
Sorry you beat me to it with your last post !!
Last edited by jwp; 12-12-2013 at 04:24 PM. Reason: slow typing !!
Hello, yes it is.
for me it's good, this soldier, certainly a officer worne medals per group of 4. And that is the later groupe.
with in first (in reality the late of the all) commémorative medal of the WW2, the more recent are in the end of the medal.
"badge of wounded", is not a medal, then always after the less medals.
and after the stranger medal, the english bravoury medals given to the french during the "Somme battle".
and the belgium war cross given during all the war to the french.
the other group of would ending by the commemorative medal of ww1.