The Medal for the French War Wounded (Médaille des blessés de guerre) was originally a mere insignia in the form of a ribbon awarded for wounds received in the line of duty while facing an enemy. The insignia alone was established by law in December 1916. Although originally established as a temporary measure, the insignia survived for a century in some form or another. It could be awarded to wounded soldiers, POWs, to WW1 & WW2 deportees and internees from the French Resistance Movement and to soldiers wounded in more recent conflicts.  A variety of unofficial medals in the form of a red enamelled star suspended by the same ribbon appeared very early on and although tolerated for wear by the authorities, were not official until recently.

This is a very early medal as the red star is painted rather than enamelled. Rare as at the time worn not officially recognised by the French authorities.

Medal is worn and can be classed as fair, ribbon is intact and good.

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