croix de guerre

The Croix de Guerre (French: Cross of War) is a military decoration of France. It was first created in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins. The decoration was awarded during World War I, again in World War II, and in other conflicts. The Croix de Guerre was also commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France.

The Croix de Guerre may be awarded either as an individual award or as a unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit. The unit award of the Croix de Guerre with palm was issued to military units whose members performed heroic deeds in combat and were subsequently recognized by headquarters.
  1. SAS Taylor, Georges William

    SURNAME Taylor FORENAME Georges William UNIT 4 SAS (3 Company) RANK Sous Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Compagnon de la Liberation (Fr),Military Cross (GB),Legion dHonneur (Fr),Croix de Guerre (Fr),Silver Star (US),Bronzen Kruis (Holland) PLACE France and Holland 1944-45 ADDITIONAL...
  2. SAS Marienne, Pierre Felix

    SURNAME Marienne FORENAME Pierre Felix UNIT 4 SAS (3 Squadron) RANK Capitaine NUMBER 35407 AWARD Compagnon de la Liberation,Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur,Croix de Guerre,Medaille de la Resistance PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  3. SAS Maguet, Bernard

    SURNAME Maguet FORENAME Bernard UNIT 3 SAS (2 Squadron) RANK Soldat NUMBER AWARD Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  4. SAS de la Grandiere, Roger

    SURNAME de la Grandiere FORENAME Roger UNIT 4 SAS (HQ Squadron) RANK Sous Lieutenant NUMBER 35337 AWARD Compagnon de la Liberation,Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur,Croix de Guerre PLACE 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION possibly awards for all WW2 service KIA - see Roll of Honour
  5. JEDBURGH Gough, Victor Albert

    SURNAME Gough FORENAME Victor Albert UNIT SOE Jedburgh Team Jacob RANK Captain NUMBER 148884 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION POW and executed - see Roll of Honour Mention in Despatches (30.8.1945)...
  6. SAS Durand, Antoine

    SURNAME Durand FORENAME Antoine UNIT 3 SAS (2 Squadron) RANK Soldat NUMBER AWARD Medaille Militaire (France),Croix de Guerre (France) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  7. SAS Duquesne, Paul

    SURNAME Duquesne FORENAME Paul UNIT 4 SAS (HQ Company) RANK Soldat NUMBER AWARD Medaille Militaire (France),Croix de Guerre (France),Bronzen Kruis (Neth) PLACE Holland 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  8. DAMBUSTERS Gill, Kenneth

    SURNAME Gill FORENAME Kenneth UNIT 617 Squadron,R.A.F.V.R. RANK Flying Officer NUMBER 155097 AWARD Croix de Guerre with silver star (Fr) PLACE awarded 5.6.1946 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION award DFC with 9 Squadron KIA - see Roll of Honour
  9. ARMY CDOS Amaury, Pierre

    SURNAME Amaury FORENAME Pierre UNIT 4 Commando (M.G. Section) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 55537 AWARD Croix de Guerre avec etoile de vermeil (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1 Bn de Fusiliers Marins,French Navy WIA 6.6.1944 St Aubin d'Arquenay,Normandy
  10. ARMY CDOS Bagot, Andre

    SURNAME Bagot FORENAME Andre UNIT 4 Commando (8 Troop) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 10802FN40 AWARD Croix de Guerre avec etoile de vermeil (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1 Bn de Fusiliers Marins,French Navy WIA 5.8.1944 Bois de Bavent,Normandy
  11. ARMY CDOS Autin, Andre

    SURNAME Autin FORENAME Andre UNIT 4 Commando (1 Troop) RANK Corporal NUMBER 6649FN42 AWARD Croix de Guerre avec etoile d argent (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit 1 Bn de Fusiliers Marins,French Navy
  12. SAS Young, William Pearson (Billy)

    SURNAME Young FORENAME William Pearson (Billy) UNIT 1 SAS (D Squadron) RANK Private NUMBER 7018947 AWARD Croix de Guerre (Fr) (posthumous) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  13. RAF SPECIAL DUTIES Smith, Harry Vincent

    SURNAME Smith FORENAME Harry Vincent UNIT 358 Squadron (RCAF) RANK Flying Officer NUMBER J/27671 AWARD Distinguished Flying Cross,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE Thailand 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION pilot Liberator shot down 29.5.1945 (0615 hours) Klong-Pai,Nakom-Sawarn...
  14. FRANCE Tayar, Jacques

    SURNAME Tayar FORENAME Jacques UNIT BCRA RANK Civilian NUMBER AWARD Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur,Compagnon de la Liberation,Croix de Guerre (x2),Medaille de la Resistance PLACE France 1940-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  15. FRANCE Kohan, Albert

    SURNAME Kohan FORENAME Albert UNIT BCRA RANK Civilian NUMBER AWARD Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur,Compagnon de la Liberation,Croix de Guerre avec palme,Medaille de la Resistance PLACE France 1940-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  16. FRANCE Four, Claudius

    SURNAME Four FORENAME Claudius UNIT BCRA RANK Capitaine NUMBER AWARD Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur,Compagnon de la Liberation,Croix de Guerre PLACE France 1942-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed - see Roll of Honour
  17. RAF SPECIAL DUTIES Affleck, John Robert

    SURNAME Affleck FORENAME John Robert UNIT 161 Squadron (RAFVR) RANK Pilot Officer + Flying Officer NUMBER 141865 AWARD Distinguished Service Order,Distinguished Flying Cross PLACE 1943 (DFC) 1944 (DSO) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION pilot 77 Squadron 24 OTU 161 Squadron Bomber...
  18. PARAS 2 Weston, Gerard Edward (the Rev. Father)

    SURNAME Weston FORENAME Gerard Edward (the Rev. Father) UNIT Para (Bn Chaplain) (RAChD,attached) RANK Captain NUMBER 483415 AWARD Member of the Order of the British Empire,Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE Northern Ireland 1971 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION killed -...
  19. SAS Fauquet, Philippe

    SURNAME Fauquet FORENAME Philippe UNIT L Detachment SAS RANK Caporal NUMBER 31671 AWARD Military Medal, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, Compagnon de la Liberation, Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre, Medaille de la Resistance, Medaille Coloniale avec agrafes "Libye" and...
  20. SAS Rosset-Cournand, Pierre

    SURNAME Rosset-Cournand FORENAME Pierre UNIT 3 SAS (2 Squadron) RANK Sous Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Compagnon de la Liberation,Medaille Militaire,Croix de Guerre PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour IMAGES:
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