WORLD WAR II FRENCH FOURRAGERES

The World War II version of the French fourragère employs the same color scheme for its plaited cords as its World War I predecessor. Units that are cited two or three times in the French Army’s orders of the day are awarded the fourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre, which is to say a fourragère in the green and red colors of the Croix de Guerre. Four or five citations in the Army orders earns a unit the right to wear the fourragère aux couleurs de la Médaille militaire, which is manufactured in the green and yellow colors of the Médaille militaire or Military Medal. While there is a fourragère in the color red representing the French Légion d'honneur medal and even double-fourragères combining the colors of all three medals, no U.S. units have ever earned them.

Fourragères are not authorized for wear with the Class B uniform variation. On the Army blue coat, males are required to attach a 20-ligne button on the left shoulder seam, a half-inch outside the edge of the collar, to accommodate it, female officers use a 21-ligne button. There is no order for the wear of the two types of French fourragères, the Belgian fourragères, or the Netherlands orange lanyard, but only one fourragère, aiguillette, or lanyard can be worn each shoulder.
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