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France: Médaille Militaire, 3rd Republic, 1870 to 1951 issue.

Price: £25.00


Product ID: LMC/7568
Condition: Good very fine
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France: Médaille Militaire, 3rd Republic, 1870 to 1951 issue.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

The Military Medal ranks second amongst all French decorations, giving precedence only to the Legion of Honour (and an exception made for the Order of the Liberation). It was created by Louis Napoleon on 22 January 1852 and was novel in being specifically intended for non-commissioned officers and soldiers. It may be awarded for completion of eight years of military service, on receipt of a citation, for being wounded in combat and for acts of courage and devotion to duty. There have been successively nine main types and some specialists point to more than 30 variants as a result of differences in manufacture. This example is from the period of the Third Republic, 1870 to 1951.