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Thought I would share some my other collecting passion. WW1 French Croix De Guerre medals and certificates The colourful cert is signed by the "Butcher" ,Charles Mangin

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A few more

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My latest French arrivals to the same man

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Jerry,

 

That  one is  a  privately  purchased medal  in  silver with  the  Sanglier  head hallmark. This particular individual must  have  been  an  extremely  brave  soldier  receiving the  citation stars in  silver  and  the  palms.  He  no  doubt  was  very proud of  his  actions  and purchased  this  medal to  wear  with  pride.I  have  2  privately purchased  items in  my  collection  and  I  have  rarely  seen  them  on  offer. They  are not  cheap  but interesting.

 

I  must  confess that  I  love  the  1915 awards  best  of all  because  that  was  the  year  the  medal  was introduced  and was certainly  a  massive  learning  curve for  the  French  Army  whose losses  were  horrendous during  that  year.

 

In my  mind  these  medals  are  massively under rated  and  still  relatively  cheap  to  buy  as  a  collector.

 

Jim

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i  thought  I  would  add  a  couple  more photos  of my  ever  increasing  CDG collection

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Here is one I picked up along with the Medaille Militaire. Don't know anything about French WW1 uniforms so I'm not sure what kind of unit the guy was in. 

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I  have  a  few  similar  groups.  Undoubtedly  "Died  for  France"

 

i  can`t  work  out  the  collar  titles  either.

 

I  find  these little  memorials  fascinating.  No  doubt  hung  proudly on  the  wall of  the  family`s  home who  mourned  the passing of  their loved one.

 

Jim

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Here is one I picked up along with the Medaille Militaire. Don't know anything about French WW1 uniforms so I'm not sure what kind of unit the guy was in. 

 

Could be the "26e Regiment d'Artillerie". His collar number looks Red IMHO in regardment to his uniform color (assuming blue)? I found an interesting booklet with insignia etc., will post more in this section. Here you can find a bit more on the 26e Regiment d'Artillerie:

 

1. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/9200140/67E96DEC674A3D363B8B88BE323A1541602F11CB.html (INTERESTING BOOKLET TO THIS UNIT). Straight page to booklet: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6238845b/f7.zoom

2. http://sarthe-guerre-14-18.over-blog.com/pages/26eme_Regiment_dArtillerie_Le_Mans_Chartres-487670.html

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I have  a  nice  group  to  a Tirailleurs  Tunisiens.  Great  soldiers IMO as most  of  the  Colonial  French  forces of  WW1  seemed  to  be. I  would  be interested in  seeing the pictures

 

Jim

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ok will post tomorrow :thumbup: . 4 régiment de tirailleurs tunisiens were tough guys, their regiment was awarded the Legion d'honneur!! :thumbup: . i have too a superb helmet of their regiment.

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That  is one  neat  helmet.  Just  bought  my  first,  a  1915 Infantry. Just  waiting  for it  arrive. I  could  really  get into  collecting  these  so  have  to  be  a  bit  disciplined.

 

i  was just  looking  to  see if  I`d  got the 4th  T T`s  war  diary  but its  not in  my  database.

 

Thanks  for  showing  the  helmet.  Superb!!!!!!!

 

I  recently  bought  this  to  a  Tunisian  soldier..

 

Jim

 

 

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This  is my  most recent  acquisition.  A group  to  a  Captain  in  18 RI.  4  citations  for  the  Croix  de  Guerre and  Legion of  Honour . Died of  wounds on 29  March  1918.

 

The  story is  a  sad one.  The  son  of  a  Brigadier  General whose  2  sons  both  died in  the  war and  he  himself in  1919.  This  son  has  a  grave  in  Ognon,  so he  died of  wounds at  a  casualty  clearing station  I  would imagine.The other son  was lost  on  the  Chemin des  Dames in  early  May  1917  and  has  no  known  grave ,serving  with  57  RI.

 

Jim

 

 

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i finally managed to take some pictures, all are from tunisian soldiers (4eme regiment de tirailleurs tunisiens) :thumbsup:

pay attention how the star is fixed on the ribbon!!! (not very common) .

I also like the clip fixed by soldier to secure the medal

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Lengies,

 

Great  medals to  men  from  a  great  unit.  Thanks  for  showing  them.

 

First time  I  have  seen  the  stars  fixed  to  the  ribbon  like  this.

 

Great  stuff :thumbup:

 

Jim

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Here  are  some more photos of  some of  my  collection

 

Jim

 

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The frame are fantastic Coburg, very very nice collection, here is another one of mine to compare

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Just  to  add  a little  from  the  frames in  my  collection.  here are photos of   Mathurin  Mahe`s  grave  at  Suippes,  and  Jules  Puyraimond  at  Brocourt en  Argonne This  is  what  I  really enjoy,  identifying  the  soldiers  and  tracing  them.

 

Jim

 

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And my latest  addition. Arrived  today.

 

Jim

 

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here is mine with some Lebels

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