Victims of the IInvasion medal, France 1921.
The medal was instituted by the Minister of Liberated Regions on 30 June 1921 in 3 classes (silver-gilt, silver and bronze) and awarded to those who had been rendered homeless or otherwise endured suffering resulting from the German invasion between 1914 to 1918. A bar "Prisonniers Politiques" or "Otages de Guerre" ("Political Prisoners" and "War Hostages") could be worn on the ribbon.
Female victim standing, facing right with a ruined town in the far background ; above right 'FRANCE' in faint letters.
In the centre 'AUX VICTIMES DE L'INVASION LA FRANCE RECONNAISSANTE' (France is grateful to the victims of the invasion) surrounded by a laurel wreath with '1914 1918' at the base.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: 'FRANCE' Reverse: 'AUX / VICTIMES / DE / L'INVASION / LA FRANCE / RECONNAISSANTE / 1914-1918". (France is grateful to the victims of the invasion).
Type of item
30 mm (Width), 35 mm (Height)
Round with loop and ribbon
References: [Link 1] - accessed Aug 2014