|LS13||FRANCO-LAOTIAN RESISTANCE MEDAL|
|Médaille de la Résistance Franco-Laotienne
one class – established April 25, 1949 by Ordinance 57
|For:||Laotians and Frenchmen who participated in the struggle against the Japanese during WW2|
|Design:||bronze breast badge, 31mm across, with suspension ribbon|
|Obverse:||in the center a three headed elephant and seven tiered parasol above, with curlicues and a Cross of Lorraine on either side, and around the edge, at top in small letters the inscription RESISTANCE FRANCO LAOTIENNE 10 MARS 1945 – 29 AOUT 1945 and at the bottom the Lao inscription meaning Resistance against the Enemy of Laos 10th March 1945 – 29th August 1945;|
|Reverse:||curled dragon with border of curlicues, and in the center a blank straight area for the engraving of the recipient’s name|
|Ribbon:||36mm; red 8½mm, white 19mm, red 8½mm|
This medal was for Lao and French who participated in the struggle against the Japanese occupiers during WW2 (and perhaps some who fought subsequently against the Lao Issara). It perhaps can be better described as an award of France rather than Laos.
This medal was limited to 400 numbered pieces. Some known Lao recipients include:
|Phagna Soukhaswasdi Khamsouk Keola|
|S.E. Phao Panya, Phagna Koumphon Seukluong Muongsai|
|S.E. Thao Liep Soumpholphakdy|
This medal was manufactured by the Paris Mint (La Monnaie de Paris).
This medal was not uncommon before, but has become expensive on the market.
13 Full Size
Maker’s hallmark edge – Monnaie de Paris