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 Newman, Isidore

    SURNAME Newman FORENAME Isidore UNIT F Section SOE RANK Captain NUMBER 216306 AWARD Member of the Order of the British Empire, Mention in Despatches, Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1943-44 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION also awarded Medaille de la Resistance Francaise died - see...
  2. SOE Makowski, Stanislaw

    SURNAME Makowski FORENAME Stanislaw UNIT F Section SOE RANK Captain NUMBER 204697 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre avec Palme (France) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died -see Roll of Honour
  3. SOE Latour, Phyllis Ada (Pippa)

    SURNAME Latour FORENAME Phyllis Ada (Pippa) UNIT F Section SOE RANK Section Officer NUMBER 9909 AWARD Member of the British Empire, Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION parent unit Women's Auxiliary Air Force born 8.4.1921 Durban,South Africa joined...
  4. SOE Lefort, Cecile Margot (nee MacKenzie) (Cecily)

    SURNAME Lefort FORENAME Cecile Margot (nee MacKenzie) (Cecily) UNIT F Section SOE RANK Section Officer NUMBER 9900 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  5. SOE Lee, Lionel

    SURNAME Lee FORENAME Lionel UNIT F Section SOE RANK Lieutenant + Captain NUMBER 235209 AWARD Military Cross,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1943 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  6. SOE Damerment, Madeleine Leonie

    SURNAME Damerment FORENAME Madeleine Leonie UNIT F Section SOE RANK Ensign NUMBER F/37 AWARD Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur (Fr),Croix de Guerre (Fr) Medaille de la Resistance Francaise (Fr) PLACE France 1943-44 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION also awarded King's Commendation for...
  7. SOE Beekman, Yolande Elsa Maria (nee Unternahrer)

    SURNAME Beekman FORENAME Yolande Elsa Maria (nee Unternahrer) UNIT F Section SOE RANK Section Officer NUMBER 9902 AWARD Mention in Despatches,Croix de Guerre (Fr) PLACE France 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION died - see Roll of Honour
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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...
  13. RN CDOS Barr, John

    SURNAMEBarr FORENAMEJohn UNITR.N.V.R. S Commando RANKT/Sub Lieutenant NUMBER AWARDCroix de Guerre (France) PLACENormandy 1944 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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