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French Medaille de Saint-Helene

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Date added: 31 Mar 2017

French Médaille de Saint-Hélène

This medal was authorised in 1857 by a decree of Emperor Napoleon III and was awarded to all French and foreign soldiers, from the land armies or naval fleets, who served the Republic or the Empire between the years 1792 and 1815.

This was the first French campaign medal and was awarded to 305,000 French and 55,000 foreigners.
Refer to details of Jean-Pierre Moret
Refer to details of Sergeant Jannes van Wijk

The medal has a height of 50mm excluding the ring and is made of bronze. Ribbon: 37mm wide, watered green with five red stripes and edges (as Croix de Guerre 1914-18).
It was accompanied by an award certificate.

The medal was nicknamed “the chocolate medal” because if its colour.

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