for award to non-commissioned officers, other ranks and
ratings of the army and navy, for acts of bravery in
action and who had received one or more wounds, also for
Generals and Admirals commanding armies and fleets.
A silver medal, consisting of a gilt medallion within a
silver wreath of laural.
The head of the
Prince-President Louis Napoleon, later Emperor Napoleon
III, within a blue border inscribed LOUIS -
NAPOLEON. Above the medal was the French eagle, head
to right, with drooping wings touching the medal. In
less than a year this was altered so that the wings did
not touch the medal (this was the type awarded to many
British troops during the Crimean War).
All types, VALEUR
ET DISCIPLINE in the medallion.
yellow with 5mm green edges.