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 the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d'Honneur.
This recognition extends beyond the troops who actually landed on and fought their way up the beaches 70 years ago, and will include Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel who operated in support of the landings.
Requests for the award should be made using the application form that can be found by visiting www.gov.uk and searching for Legion D'Honneur. The forms 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.
Any veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to:
Personnel andTraining - 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 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.
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As far as it is known, the Telecommunication trade is the only one with a trade badge. The original reason for this is that in the early day of the RAF only NCO's were allowed to address an officer. A member of the telecommunication trade might have an important message and the badge enable him to address an officer directly.
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