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Médaille Coloniale

This silver/ silvered medal was instituted in 1893 but a number of bars were authorised in connection with World War 2 :

'1940 - Côte des Somalis -1942' / authorized op 26 December 1941.
'Erythree'/ authorized on March 26th, 1942.
'Fezzan'/ authorized on March 26th, 1942.
'Koufra'/ authorized on March 26th 1942.
'Libye'/ authorized on March 26th 1942.
'Ethiopie'/ authorized on August 1st 1942.
'Bir Hakeim 1942'/ authorized on October 1st 1942.
'Fezzan-Tripolitaine'/ authorized on February 23rd 1943.
'AFL'/ authorized on July 25th 1943.
'Tripolitaine'/ authorized on January 7th 1944.
'Tunesie 1942-1943'/ authorized on April 17th 1944.
The medal is granted to thoswe who hava taken part in wars, operations or expeditions in the French colonies and/or protectorates. It corresponds to the British General Service Medal. The obverse shows the head of the reigning Head of State, the reverse shows a globe with a trophy of flags and the inscription: "Médaille Coloniale"
The ribbon is 1.25" wide, coloured pale blue with thin wavy lines running horizontally. Down the centre is a broad vertical white stripe, along the edges a narrow white stripe.

Just like the French government in exile in London, the collaborating Vichy government instituted its own bars "Côte Des Somalis - 1941" and "Levant 1940 - 1941".

Abalan, Michel Henri Charles Marie* June 5th, 1920
† February 16th, 2000

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
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Valli, François15-01-190726-06-1994more
Van Dong, Pham25-10-191926-11-2008more
Vanner, Lucien30-09-190111-06-1942
Varnier, André Albert12-03-191415-12-1949more
Vaux, de, Etienne03-12-192230-09-1945more
Vazac, Bohumil05-11-191322-07-2003more
Verdier, Henri23-01-191007-06-2002more
Vergès, Michel22-12-189804-10-1964more
Verheust, Richard17-06-191228-05-1988more
Vernier, Jean20-01-190519-03-1980more
Verrier, André16-02-191928-12-2013more
Verstraete, Michel22-03-191804-07-1968more
Veuve, René "Joyeuse"17-01-192012-06-2012more
Vézinet, Adolphe01-03-190613-01-1996more
Vialard-Goudou, Jean30-04-190230-11-1970more
Vignes, Charles11-08-190504-06-1951more
Vigneux, Daniel19-03-191228-01-1946more
Villerot, Angel24-05-191319-03-2006more
Villoutreys, de, Harry30-11-190917-06-1945more
Vincent, Marcel24-06-191327-05-1950more
Volvey, Jean15-06-191025-05-1994more
Vourc'h, Jean27-02-192029-08-1944more

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