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Medals and Military Decorations
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Medals and Military Decorations

Externally visible decorations recognizing particular achievements and merits.

Starting with absolutist France, in the 18th and 19th centuries orders were created in all states as signs of particular attachment to the ruling house, or to reward military achievements. Their design and distribution, and the manner of wearing them, were precisely laid down in laws, statues and regulations. As a rule, decorations were given in a number of classes, the highest of which were linked…

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Thoss, Bruno, “Medals and Military Decorations”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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