Very nice original WWI French "Croix de Guerre" or Cross of War. This Croix de Guerre is inscribed "1914-1918" on the reverse which indicates that it was awarded in the final year of WWI. Original ribbon attached.
The Croix de Guerre was established in 1915 and consists of a square-cross medal on two crossed swords, hanging from a ribbon with various degree pins. The decoration was awarded during World War I, again in World War II, and in other conflicts. The Croix de Guerre was also commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France.
The Croix de Guerre may be awarded either as an individual award or as a unit award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit.