Inter-Allied Victory Medal (Belgium)

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Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914–1918
WW1 Victory Medal Belgium 1914 18.jpg
Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914–1918 (obverse)
Awarded by Flag of Belgium.svg Kingdom of Belgium
Type Commemorative war medal
Eligibility Belgian citizens
Awarded for Military Service during World War 1
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established 15 July 1919
World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg
Ribbon of the Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914–1918
Reverse of the Belgian Inter-Allied Victory Medal
Lieutenant General Baron Léon de Witte de Haelen, a recipient of the Inter-Allied Victory Medal
Major General Doctor Antoine Depage, a recipient of the Inter-Allied Victory Medal

The Belgian variant of the Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914–1918 (French: "Médaille Interalliée de la Victoire 1914–1918, Dutch: "Intergeallieerde Overwinningsmedaille 1914–1918") was a Belgian commemorative war medal established by royal decree on 15 July 1919 and awarded to all members of the Belgian Armed Forces who served during the First World War.[1] Later royal decrees enlarged the list of potential recipients to include service in African campaigns and under special circumstances, to members of the merchant navy and fishing fleet. In all, 350,000 were awarded.[2]

The Belgian sculptor Paul Du Bois was responsible for the design.[2]

It is worn immediately after the Yser Medal (or Yser Cross) in the Belgian order of precedence.[1]

Award description[edit]

The Belgian Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914–1918 was a 36mm in diameter circular gilt bronze medal. Its obverse bore a winged victory standing on a globe, her arms and wings spread out, looking down at Earth. The reverse bore, superimposed over a laurel wreath, the coats of arms of the Allies, starting at center top and going clockwise, French Third Republic, United States, Empire of Japan, Kingdom of Greece, Brazil, Serbia, Portugal, Kingdom of Italy, United Kingdom, and at center, the Royal Coat of Arms of Belgium. Along the outer circumference, the relief bilingual inscription in French and Dutch "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION" (French: LA GRANDE GUERRE POUR LA CIVILISATION", Dutch: "DE GROOTE OORLOG TOT DE BESCHAVING").[1]

The medal was suspended by a ring through a suspension loop from a 38mm wide silk moiré rainbow coloured ribbon common to the Inter-Allied Victory Medals 1914–1918 of all of the First World War Allies.[1]

Notable recipients (partial list)[edit]

The individuals listed below were awarded the Belgian Inter-Allied Victory Medal:[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Royal Decree of 15 July 1919 creating the Belgian variant of the 1914–1918 Inter-Allied Victory Medal". Belgian Defence Ministry. 1919-07-15. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b "The WWI Victory Medal Series – Belgium". Collector's Weekly. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Recipients of the Belgian Inter-Allied Victory Medal compiled from the ARS MORIENDI web site" (in French). ARS MORIENDI. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2012-09-66. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Other sources[edit]

  • Quinot H., 1950, Recueil illustré des décorations belges et congolaises, 4e Edition. (Hasselt)
  • Cornet R., 1982, Recueil des dispositions légales et réglementaires régissant les ordres nationaux belges. 2e Ed. N.pl., (Brussels)
  • Borné A.C., 1985, Distinctions honorifiques de la Belgique, 1830-1985 (Brussels)

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