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l' Ordre de la Libération

This Order was created by General Charles de Gaulle, November 16th, 1940, to reward distinguished services to the cause of the liberation of France and her colonies. The recipients are known as 'Compagnons de la Libération' (compagnions of the liberation). Charles de Gaulle became the only 'Grand Seigneur de l' Ordre', (Grand Master of the Order) on August 31st, 1947.
The badge is made of bronze and depicts a sword on a square shield with a black Lorraine cross on it. The reverse bears the inscription 'PATRIA SERVANDO VICTORIAM TULI' which means 'He brought victory by liberating his country'. The ribbon is green, edged with black and with two narrow black stripes down the centre; the black representing the mourning over the occupation, the green the hope of liberation.
This Order is to be worn directly between the Légion d'Honneur and the Médaille Militaire and is held in high regard in France.
A total of 1061 crosses were awarded in the order, 1038 to persons, 18 to military and 5 to French cities.

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Anquetil, Bernard Jules Eugène20-12-191624-10-1941
Amilakvari, Dimitri "Bazorka"12-11-190624-11-1942more
Albrecht, Berty "Victoria"25-02-189331-05-1943
Aalberg, André05-06-191315-10-1943
Alibert de Falconnet, Roland28-02-191717-05-1944
Abeille, Valentin08-08-190702-06-1944
Amyot d'Inville, Hubert Marie Edouard01-08-190910-06-1944
Arrighi, Pierre Robert02-03-192105-08-1944
Ayral, Jean Robert30-12-192112-08-1944
André, Gustave Jean Joseph "Phénicien"21-11-190829-08-1944
Arzel, François, Marie25-02-192120-11-1944
Aymé, Fernand10-05-192228-01-1945
Ahnne, Edouard Frédéric01-12-186707-04-1945
Anglade, Pierre21-11-192103-07-1946
Aubertin, Pierre Gaston22-03-191507-03-1949
Astier de la Vigerie, d', Henri11-09-189710-10-1952
Astier de la Vigerie, d', Francois Pierre Raoul07-03-188609-10-1956more
Auboyneau, Philippe Marie Joseph09-11-189922-02-1961
Avinin, Antoine Louis26-01-190229-10-1962
Astier de la Vigerie, d', Emmanuel06-01-190012-06-1969
Adeline, Henri Marie Charles08-05-189801-05-1971more
Armand, Louis François17-01-190530-08-1971
Appert, Raymond Paul Etienne Marie10-10-190417-04-1973
Amiel, Henri François17-05-190727-01-1976more
Agenet, Alain Marie Léon02-07-192228-09-1977more
Arainty, Pierre17-08-190709-05-1982
Astier De Villatte, Jean20-11-190006-10-1985
Amiot, René15-01-191401-11-1985
Arnault, Paul Jean Louis21-08-191109-11-1988more
Antoniotti, Roméo Adamo06-01-191423-04-1990
Arnaud, Michel André27-11-191501-08-1990
Allegret, Émile Joseph Auguste24-04-190722-11-1990more
Alloues, Roger28-06-192029-01-1997
André, Roger Henri Fernand13-12-191428-02-1999
Andlauer, Louis Jacques Victor06-11-191901-12-1999
Abalan, Michel Henri Charles Marie05-06-192016-02-2000more
Abraham, Robert Colbert23-11-192127-11-2004more
Andrieux, Jacques Marie Anne15-08-191721-01-2005
Alexandre, Blaise Emmanuel Henri12-03-192023-03-2005
Aboulker, José05-03-192017-11-2009
Albert, Marcel25-11-191723-08-2010more

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