FRANCE, Resistance Medal, 1943-47


FRANCE, Resistance Medal, no date (1943-47), Obverse: Cross of Lorraine, XCII. VI. MCMXL, Reverse: PATRIA NON IMEMOR, privy mark, B R, Edge: plain, bronze, 33mm, XF

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Awarded for remarkable acts of courage that contributed to the resistance of the French people against the enemy

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