This is a nice Second World War French Vichy Government Croix de Guerre that is in excellent condition. The cross is constructed of bronze. In the central disk is the image of the French Republic, which is the bust of a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap with a half laurel wreath below. Around the perimeter of the disk are the words “REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE”. The reverse disk is with the dates 1939-1940. The cross is suspended from its original green ribbon with black stripes and remains solid with vivid color.
As titular head of the collaborationist German-controlled French Vichy government, Marshal Philippe Pétain authorized the Vichy Croix de Guerre on March 28, 1941. After the liberation of Paris in 1944, the wearing of the Vichy Croix de Guerre was strictly forbidden.