Category: Compagnons de la Libération

Categories: Orders, Decorations, and Medals of France

L'"Ordre de la Libération" is a French Order which was awarded to heroes of the Liberation of France during World War II. It is a very high honour, second only after the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour). Very few people, military units and communes were ever awarded it; and only for their deeds during World War II. A different order, the Médaille de la Résistance ("Resistance Medal") was created and awarded for lesser but still distinguished deeds by members of the Resistance.

The Order has a single rank, the title of Companion of the Liberation (Compagnon de la Libération). General de Gaulle, founder of the Order, was the only Grand Maître (“Grand Master”) of the Order.

Military units as a whole have been awarded the title of Compagnon de la Libération.

On June 18, 1996, at Mont Valérien, the 18 military units which had been awarded the Cross of Liberation were given a green and black fourragère by President Jacques Chirac.

See Wikipedia:Order_of_Liberation


Person Profiles (15)

16 Mar 1908 Paris XVI, Seine, France - 13 May 1944
23 Mar 1911 Paris VI, Seine, France - 18 May 1997
10 Aug 1920 Bordeaux, Gironde, France - 20 Nov 2020 photo
16 Jun 1909 Toulon, Var, France - abt 04 Aug 2004
11 Sep 1912 Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France - 09 Dec 1992
05 Jul 1914 Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France - 05 Apr 2006
14 Oct 1890 Denison, Texas, USA - 28 Mar 1969 photo
05 Jun 1901 Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, Île-de-France, France - 29 Aug 1941 photo
06 Aug 1920 Paris XVI, Seine, France - 12 Oct 2021
21 May 1914 Вильна, Виленская губерния, Российская империя - 02 Dec 1980
17 May 1908 Paris VIII, Paris, Seine, France - 15 Jan 2011
03 Nov 1901 Paris XVIII, Seine, France - 23 Nov 1976
20 Jun 1899 Béziers, Hérault, France - 08 Jul 1943 photo
01 Jan 1915 Erstein, Bezirk Unterelsaß, Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringer, Deutsches Reich - 17 Oct 1965
22 Sep 1917 Bayon, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France - 30 Jul 1983




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