The Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion D’Honneur.
The MoD said: “The Government of France has advised the UK MoD that it wishes to award the Legion D’Honneur to all surviving veterans of the Battle for Normandy, the invasion of Provence (Operation Dragoon), campaigns to liberate Paris and campaigns to liberate France in 1944”
Any surviving veterans, Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force who operated in support of any of the campaigns to liberate France in 1944, are invited to apply for this prestigious award.
Requests for the award should be made using this application form and will be processed by the MoD, who will forward the details to the French authorities.
The French authorities will then make all the final decisions on the awards.
Veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to:
Personnel and Training – Defence Services Secretary – Commemorations
Floor 6 Zone C
Ministry of Defence
Or email it to PersTrg-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk
The French government will be reviewing the applications, so the UK MoD is unable to give any guidance on timings or the arrangements for the presentation of the awards. Awards will not be given posthumously, and any further questions should be directed to the French authorities.
The Association Secretary has already applied on behalf of a number of members. If you would like assistance in applying, please contact the Association Secretary.