The victory medal has an international status for the allied soldiers who where victorias at the end of World War I. Each country his is own design for the medal but had to follow specific guidelines, like using the same ribbon for each country and the medal had the be of a round shape. Some of the Belgian victory medals where made in Czechoslavakia.
The Belgian Victory medal was instituted on the 15th of July 1919 by the Belgian ministery of war. The medal was created for military personel who served in the Belgian army between 1 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Medical personel who served in the same period in military fieldhospitals were also qualified for the award. The medal is also qualified posthumously for soldiers who died between August 1914 and 11 November 1918 and will be awarded to the family confirm the law of 22 June 1916 N°4168.
On the 15th of January 1920 the ministery of war declared that members of the 'Garde-Civique' who where qualified under the same conditions of the military recipients, are able to wear the award.
In 1933 the governement issued on order, that the award could also been given to intelligence personel who served during the First World War. Twee years later the Merchant Navy would get also the recognition for the award. After the 3th of July 1951 the medal will not be awarded again.
The Belgian victory medal is one of the Interalied medals of the First World War that was proposed by Fieldmarchel Foch. It was at the piececonference in January 1919 that the proposel was approved and every country that took part in the fighting (incl. Asia, South- and North America) had there own design of the medal but the ribbon should had to be the same for all Allied nations.
The Belgian Victory medal was created by the Belgian designer Paul Dubois who placed a half naked femal angel (victory), holding a sword in her right hand and a wreath in her left, in front of the medal. On the reverse stands nine coats of arms from Allied nations in a circle with the Belgian coats of arms in the middle. The coats of arms are flanked on the left with the tekst: LES GRANDES GUERRE DE LA CIVILATION and on the richt: DE GROOTE OORLOG TOT DE BESCHAVING.
The medal measures 36cm in diameter and needed to by round for all nations.
A small order for making the Belgian Victory medal of World War one was by the Czech Alexander Leisek. These medals can be recognized by the LA mark between the wreath of the angel. A second LA mark is placed on the reverse of the medal just under the Belgian Coat of Arms. Collectors should be aware of fakes and unofficial strikes of the so called Czech Belgian Victory medals.
The Belgian Victory medal is only entitled to a posthumously bar on the ribbon. No other insignia is allowed on the ribbon.
BELGIAN MADE MEDAL
BELGIAN VICTORY MEDAL BY ALEXANDER LEISEK (CZECH)
BELGIAN VICTORY MEDAL BY RIEMER (CZECH)
The Riemer type has an R just beneath the laurel where the national army symbol is placed in.