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I collect commemorative medals of WW.I. Not military decorations or awards but medals that commemorate the events of the war issued during the war years, 1914-1919. A few years ago i was very lucky to come across and was able to buy a 1918 medal which commemorates the men of the 371st Combat Regiment.

It is by the famous french medallist J.P. Legestelois and was issued by the medallic firm of Henri Teterger, Paris. The obverse of the 41mm bronze medal features a lion walking above the 371st unit shield. Above him near the top of the medal is a radiate star. Below the lion and shield are what look like scrolls radiating from the 371st shield. On the left are the names of the battles the 371st fought in. On the right are the dates: Cote-Sept. 28, Montfaux Elles - Sept. 29, Ferme De Brieres - Oct. 1. At the bottom is the date 1918. On the reverse a soldier with black facial features is seen advancing with his bayonetted rifle.

Below him is a vignette of what I think must be meant to be the deep south: woman cradleing an infant in her arms sitting beside her man who is working at baleing cotton. (Not very PC but it was 1918 after all). The medal has no loop for suspension or a ribbon. I assume it was meant for presention & most likely was given in a special box. --

Have you ever seen or heard about this medal? I have never seen another and can find nothing about its history, its mintage numbers, reason for being struck or for whom it was meant.

I was hoping you might have some info on this piece. I'd be grateful for anything you can tell me.

Regards, Steve Pellegrini

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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