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Title Verdun veteran's badge
Nationality French
Period 1916-18

This die-struck lapel pin commemorates the siege of Verdun, imortalised by Marshal Petain's epic defence of the city in 1916. This claimed some 600,000 French lives and only a little less German deaths. The latter called it the 'Mill on the Meuse'. The image is of one of the forts surrounding Verdun, perhaps Douaumont or Fort Vaux.

It (35mm diameter) is made of brass with a now much faded EPNS finish. The pin fitting is damaged and is missing the pin element. There is no maker mark.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : French : 20th Century]


The package arrived savely today and the piece is absolutely marvellous.

It was a pleasure doing business with you and I'm looking forward to future aquisitions.

H W, Austria, 04.02.2016

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006