THE FRENCH OVERSEAS MEDAL
The "Médaille d'Outre-Mer" became the Colonial Medal's successor on 6 June 1962. The change was made apparent by substituting the inscription on the medal's reverse. Particular operations in which the recipient took part are commemorated by gilt clasps on the ribbon but service (minimum 6 years) in certain overseas areas entitled one to wear the Overseas Medal without clasp.
Manufacturers obviously tended to change as little as possible to make the conversion from the Colonial Medal to the new medal and, therefore, the various types of the Overseas Medal are very similar to the former. At least one unknown manufacturer's model has already been reported but known manufacturers are :
Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint)
A. Marie Stuart
Official ribbon clasps to date (all are gilded) are :
for operations in that theatre since 15 March 1969.
for operations between 1 November 1977 and 1 July 1990.
for operations from 22 March 1978 onwards.
for operations between 13 May 1978 and 1 July 1990.
for operations between 30 July 1987 and 1 July 1990.
min. 30 days service from 2 August 1990 onwards.
min. 30 days service from 12 November 1991 onwards.
min. 30 days service from 7 December 1992 onwards.
min. 7 days service between 22 June and 30 September 1994.
min. 7 days service between 18 May 1996 and 20 February 1997 or between 20 June 1997 and 15 April 1998 or min. 15 days service in operations since 3 December 2002.
min. 7 days service from 6 June 1997 onwards.
min. 15 days service from 19 September 2002 onwards.
min. 15 days between 2 June and 26 September 2003 (Operation Mamba) and from 7 June 2006 onwards (Operation Benga).
min. 15 days service from 11 Januari 2013 onwards in any of the following countries : Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal or Tchad.
© Hendrik Meersschaert, 2002 - 2017
Many thanks are due to Mr. M. Champenois (website : France Phaléristique) for his invaluable help in providing information on these bars.