by Battalion Colours Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:59 pm
southsaskscotty wrote:Thanks for the ID help...are those all that rare? I stick exclusively to Canadian militaria so not much of an idea about French decoration.
No, they are not rare. However, a fourragere from WW II would be more desirable then a modern day fourragere.
The Canadian use of the lanyard is very much different from the French who use the fourragere as a military award. The Wikipedia.org has an excellent article which gives you a full explanation and break down on the French fourragere. The article also lists the fourageres awarded to American units in WW I, the fourrageres awarded to American units in WW II and the fourrageres awarded to the Legion Etrangere.
Here's what they say about the personal wear of the fouragere:
"Personal wear of the fourragère
The fourragère is normally worn by members of a unit awarded the decoration. When they leave the unit, they have to relinquish the fourragère. However members who took part personally in the actions leading to the award of the fourragère can continue to wear the fourragère, even after leaving the unit. They can only wear a fourragère corresponding to the number of actions they actually took part in. Thus, if a member of a 5-mentions regiment leaves but took part in only two mentioned actions, he can only wear the croix de guerre fourragère and not the médaille militaire fourragère."
General Graves B. Erskine wears the fourragère with the cords hanging over the sleeve, a mark of being in the military unit when the award was made. Soldiers and Marines who are later assigned to the unit do not wear the outside cords. Graves B. Erskine, then platoon leader in the 6th Marine Regiment, was personally authorized to wear the fourragère.