The war in North Africa was essentially an adventure initiated by Italy in an attempt to seize former colonial territories of Britain and France. As it became apparent that the Italian military had taken on more than it could handle, Germany was forced to come to Italy’s defense.
Within days of the British victory at El-Alamein, the Allies launched Operation Torch, the code name for their invasion of North Africa. in 1942, British and American forces carried out an amphibious landing on the coast of French North Africa (now Morocco). The invasion involved more than 100,000 men and over 600 ships, placing it among the largest such invasion in history. Operation Torch was highly successful and enabled the Allies to take more than 1,000 miles of North African coastline. Ultimately, the North Africa campaign was a serious defeat for the Axis powers.
This beautiful medal is a French one honoring the African service from WWII. The ribbon is a light blue with white grosgrain. The medal itself is made of silver and shows the France in a female warrior profile with the words REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE on the front. The back of the medal has a beautifully detailed image of the world globe with flags and weapons surrounding it. the words MEDAILLE COLONIALE are along the bottom.
On the ribbon are two silver bars, the top one with the words AFRIQUE and the bottom one with the words GUERRE 1939-1945.
DIMENSIONS: Medal diameter is 1⅛" and the ribbon is 2" x 1½" with the total length including ribbon being 3⅝" long. We believe this to be continental silver, but left it in its original antique condition and did not attempt to polish it. See all photos in gallery to view condition.
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