XVIII Airborne Corps

"The object of war is not to die for your country but make
""the other bastard die for his."

............................................................ ......General George S. Patton

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The Flag of the Free French Forces (FFL)with the Cross of Lorraine in the center (above) The flag of the Forces Francaises Libres


United States Army-Ribbon Appurtenances

H. J. Saunders - US Military Insignias

Carentan Historical Center



Confusion and Triumph at La Fiere

Britannica Online:Normandy 1944 (links)


(Picture: right)   French General Charles DeGaulle (right) speaking with another Frenchman in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs de Elysees in Paris, France during a parade celebrating the liberation of Paris.

French Croix de Guerre
The Croix de Guerre

The Croix de Guerre was awarded for bravery to military personnel and recipients of the Légion d'Honneur and Médaille Militaire. This decoration was established by the French Republic in 1915 and is awarded to soldiers, airmen or sailors or all ranks, officers included, and also to officers and men of Allied forces, mentioned in French Despatches, for an individual feat of arms mentioned in a Despatch from the general officer commanding an Army, Army Corps, Division, Brigade or the C.O. of a regiment or the corresponding unit of Naval forces. The different classes of despatches for which a recipient was French Fourragereawarded the cross may be recognized by the following emblems on the ribbon: Army Despatch - small bronze laurel branch (Palme en bronze); Army Corps Despatch - silver gilt star; Divisional Despatch - silver star; Brigade, Regimental or similar Unit Dispatch - bronze star. Every mention is represented by its emblem, thus a man can wear the cross with a silver star and a bronze palm. For every five bronze palms he gets instead a silver palm. The award of the Légion d'Honneur carries with it a Croix de Guerre avec Palme. The ribbon is green ribbed with black and has seven red stripes.

For bravery in the face of the enemy. It can be awarded more than once. Subsequent awards are denoted by bronze, silver, and gold insignia worn on the ribbon.

(The above pictures & descriptions of The French Croix de Guerre & Fourragere are the courtesy of Vince Pantozzi and The Manchu Association)


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