France.Great War Médaille des Prisonniers Civils, Déportés et Otages de la Grande Guerre, 1914-1918
Bronze medal with ball suspension; the obverse with a female standing figure with head bowed, her right wrist in chains, her left hand letting fall a flaming torch, a ruined village beyond, signed ‘M Delannoy’; the reverse inscribed ‘PRISONNIERS CIVILS DEPOTREES ET OTAGES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE’ above laurel leaves and with Paris Mint bronze assay mark, all within a chain border; on correct ribbon. Good condition, medal ribbon faded. It should be noted that these medals are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
The medal was instituted on 14 March 1936 to recognise and remember the sacrifices of civil prisoners, deportees and hostages from the German-occupied parts of France in World War I. In all, some 11,000 awards of the medal were made.
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