croix de guerre (fr)

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. SOE Antelme, Joseph Antoine France

    SURNAME Antelme FORENAME Joseph Antoine France UNIT F Section SOE RANK Captain + Major NUMBER 239255 AWARD Officer of the Order of the British Empire,Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur (Fr),Croix de Guerre avec Palme (Fr) PLACE France 1943-44 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see...
  2. SOE Agazarian, Jack Charles Stanmore

    SURNAME Agazarian FORENAME Jack Charles Stanmore UNIT F Section SOE RANK Flight Lieutenant NUMBER 71106 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Legion dHonneur (Fr),Croix de Guerre avec Palme (Fr) PLACE France 1942-43 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  3. SOE Anstey, John

    SURNAME Anstey FORENAME John UNIT SOE Op.Massingham,Algiers + Force 136 SOE RANK Major + T/Brigadier NUMBER 88307 AWARD Commander of the Order of the British Empire,Legion dHonneur (Fr),Croix de Guerre avec Palm (Fr),Legion of Merit (USA) PLACE Algeria 1943 (LdH,CdG) Far East...
  4. RANGERS Coomer, Jennings Bryan

    SURNAME Coomer FORENAME Jennings Bryan UNIT 1 Ranger Bn RANK Technician Fifth Class NUMBER 38060747 AWARD Bronze Star,Croix de Guerre (France) PLACE Europe ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  5. NORWAY Tronstad, Leif Hans Larsen (Professor)

    SURNAME Tronstad FORENAME Leif Hans Larsen (Professor) UNIT SN Section SOE RANK Captain + Major NUMBER AWARD Officer of the Order of the British Empire (GB),Medal of Freedom with bronze palm (US) PLACE Norway 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Scientist and former Manager of...
  6. FSSF Bennett, William Reynolds

    SURNAME Bennett FORENAME William Reynolds UNIT 2 Regiment (5 Company) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE Italy 1944 (BS) France 1944 (CdG) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Canada from Toronto, Ontario born 13.10.1910, New Haven...
  7. SAS Astor, Francis David Langhorne (the Hon.) (David)

    SURNAME Astor FORENAME Francis David Langhorne (the Hon.) (David) UNIT HQ SAS Brigade RANK Captain + Major NUMBER AWARD Croix de Guerre (France) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Marines born 5.3.1912 London 2nd son of Waldorf,2nd Viscount and...
  8. SAS Wiseman, John Martin

    SURNAME Wiseman FORENAME John Martin UNIT Special Raiding Squadron (1 Troop) + 1 SAS (A Squadron) RANK Lieutenant + Captain NUMBER 256809 AWARD Military Cross, Croix de Guerre with silver star (Fr) PLACE Sicily 1943 (MC) Normandy 1944 (CdG) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent...
  9. SAS Williams, Edward

    SURNAME Williams FORENAME Edward UNIT 2 SAS RANK Sergeant NUMBER 777958 AWARD Mention in Despatches, Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (Fr) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps born 6.11.1909 07.12.1935 married Elsie May (nee Pearson) in...
  10. SAS Wilkinson, John James Hamilton

    SURNAME Wilkinson FORENAME John James Hamilton UNIT 1 SAS (A Squadron) RANK Trooper NUMBER 2100690 AWARD Croix de Guerre,with Palm (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps KIA 26.8.1944 - see Roll of Honour
  11. SAS Shaw, Bertram John

    SURNAME Shaw FORENAME Bertram John UNIT 2 SAS RANK Corporal NUMBER 14586565 AWARD Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 14.11.1924, Rochester, Kent parent unit Army Air Corps former Essex Regiment holder D.C.M. died 08.03.1983
  12. SAS Morris, Alfred Dayrell

    SURNAME Morris FORENAME Alfred Dayrell UNIT 2 SAS (C Squadron) RANK Captain NUMBER 157339 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE NW Europe 1944-45 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Catering Corps died 29.4.1945 - see Roll of Honour
  13. SAS Holland, Richard Jellicorse

    SURNAME Holland FORENAME Richard Jellicorse UNIT 2 SAS (C Squadron) RANK Captain NUMBER 47554 AWARD Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr),Bronzen Leeuw (Holland) PLACE NW Europe 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 04.06.1910, Peterchurch, Herefordshire, England parent unit...
  14. SAS Hay, Ralph (Jock)

    SURNAME Hay FORENAME Ralph (Jock) UNIT 2 SAS (A Squadron) RANK Sergeant NUMBER 845212 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps 2 SAS 1943-44 executed 16.10.1944 - see Roll of Honour
  15. SAS Dill, David Gordon

    SURNAME Dill FORENAME David Gordon UNIT 2 SAS (A Squadron) RANK Lieutenant NUMBER 265704 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit King's Royal Rifle Corps,Army Air Corps executed 25.11.1944 - see...
  16. SAS Clarke, Frank Cameron

    SURNAME Clarke FORENAME Frank Cameron UNIT 1 SAS (C Squadron) RANK Trooper NUMBER 7014058 AWARD Croix de Guerre,with Palm (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps awarded La Croix de Chevalier du Merite Combattant,SR (Fr) 1976
  17. SAS Carpendale, Brian Maxwell Montague (Chips)

    SURNAME Carpendale FORENAME Brian Maxwell Montague (Chips) UNIT 2 SAS (C Squadron) RANK Captain NUMBER 228677 AWARD Croix de Guerre with vermilion Star (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps
  18. SAS Cameron, James Edmund (Loopy)

    SURNAME Cameron FORENAME James Edmund (Loopy) UNIT 2 SAS (G Squadron) RANK Captain NUMBER 34062 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr) PLACE Normandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Army Air Corps WIA earlier with 51 Division 20 Liaison...
  19. SAS Calvert, James Michael (Mad Mike)

    SURNAME Calvert FORENAME James Michael (Mad Mike) UNIT HQ SAS Brigade (Commanding Officer) RANK Brigadier NUMBER 58046 AWARD various foreign decorations as below PLACE NW Europe 1945 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Royal Engineers born 6.3.1913 Rohtak,India Royal...
  20. SAS Burt, Clive Stuart Saxon

    SURNAMEBurt FORENAMEClive Stuart Saxon UNIT2 SAS RANKCaptain NUMBER34062 AWARDCroix de Guerre,with Silver Star (Fr) PLACENormandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONparent unit Army Air Corps 20th Liaison HQ,SAS Brigade
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