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Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)

This decoration was instituted on April 8th 1915 to commemmorate individual mentions in despatches and can be awarded to all French military personnel, regardless of rank and also to officers and men of Allied Forces for an individual feat of arms mentioned in a despatch. The despatch had to originate from an officer commanding an Army, an Army Corps, a Division, a Brigade or the C.O. of a Regiment or a corresponding unit of Naval Forces. Mention in Army Despatch merits a small bronze laurel branch, Army Corps Despatch a silver gilt star, Divisional a silver star, Regimental or similar Unit Despatch a bronze star; all these emblems to be worn on the ribbon of the Cross. For every mention the appropiate emblem will be awarded; if one person has been awarded five palms, he will wear a silver palm instead.
The ribbon of the Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 differs from the original; it is coloured bright red with four vertical bands of green in the centre.

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
L'Allemant, Raymond A. "Cheval"23-08-191730-01-2008 
Labrosse, Raymond Joseph20-11-192006-08-1988 
Lacey, James Harry "Ginger"01-02-191730-05-1989 
Lafont, Henry10-08-192002-12-2011more 
Lagèze, Pierre26-06-1920  
Lahey, Gerald Bartholomew08-04-190711-07-1990 
Lakinski, Zygmunt27-01-189224-03-1961more 
Langford, Eric Joseph00-00-191300-00-1994 
Laot, Guy Jean André23-01-192425-06-1944 
Lattre de Tassigny, Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de02-02-188911-01-1952more 
Lavallee, Jean11-10-191305-10-1944 
Lavenson, George00-00-191726-06-1944more 
Lazenby, William L.   
Leatham, Ralph03-03-188810-03-1954more 
Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Philippe François Marie22-11-190228-11-1947more 
Lee, George Theodore05-08-191905-10-1954more 
Lefevre, Marcel17-03-191805-06-1944more 
Leland, Francis John 12-04-1945 
Lévêque, Charles23-04-1913  
Levy Cardoso, Waldemar04-12-190013-05-2009 
Lilly, Ronald William06-06-1924  
Lindquist, Roy E.18-02-190719-11-1986more 
Lippe-Biesterfeld, van, Bernhard, L.F.E.J.K.K.29-06-191101-12-2004more 
Livry-Level, Philippe Paul Dominique16-06-189814-12-1960more 
Lochead, Leslie Leonard12-09-1917  
Lokerman, Josephus Stephanus Hendricus05-01-190111-02-1945more 
Lokuciewski, Witold01-02-191717-04-1990more 
Lucadamo, Ernest D., Jr.16-02-1916  
Lutten, Éric02-09-190413-02-1975 
Lyle, Lewis E. 06-04-2008more 


Fourragere Croix de GuerreLanyard with the War Cross
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