Médaille Belgique Chevalier Ordre de Léopold II / Belgium WW2 medal Knight of the Order of Leopold II

L'argent de la Médaille est terni, plie dans le ruban, autrement la médaille et le ruban sont la condition agréable.

 

L'ordre de Leopold II est un ordre du Royaume de Belgique créé le 24 août 1900 par le roi Léopold II en tant que souverain de l'État indépendant du Congo. En 1908, l'Ordre a été intégré dans l'ensemble des décorations belges.

Il se situe en troisième position dans la hiérarchie des ordres nationaux décernés actuellement en Belgique, après l’ordre de Leopold, premier ordre national, et l’Ordre de la Couronne. De nos jours, il est conféré par un arrêté royal pour des actes de mérite envers le Roi ou la maison royale, ou en récompense d’un nombre d’années de service dans la fonction publique ou le secteur privé.

Il est décerné aux militaires en fonction de leur nombre d’années de service et de leur grade.

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Knight's Cross of the Order of Leopold II silver medal, with silver palm leaf, signifying awarded in wartime to military personnel.

Medal's silver is tarnished,fold in ribbon,  otherwise medal and ribbon are nice condition.

 

The Order of Leopold II is an order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Léopold II. The decoration was established on 24 August 1900 by Leopold II as king of the Congo Free State and was in 1908, upon Congo being handed over to Belgium, incorporated into the Belgian awards system. The order is awarded for meritorious service to the Sovereign of Belgium, and as a token of his personal goodwill. It can be awarded to both Belgians and foreigners.

The order has become a long service order for people in the civil service and is awarded alternatively with the Order of the Crown, as the Order of Leopold is awarded under rarer circumstances. The Order currently stands third after the Order of Leopold (1st) and the Order of the Crown (2nd) in the Belgian honors hierarchy. The Order of Leopold II is awarded by Royal Decree.

The Order of Leopold II is issued in five classes and three medals:

Knight, who wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;

The badge of the Order is a metal Maltese Cross, in silver for the Knight class and in gold for the higher classes, with a wreath of laurel leaves of the same metal between the arms of the cross. The obverse central disc features a lion on a black enamel background surrounded by a blue enamel ring with the motto "Unity Is Strength" in French (L'union fait la force) and in Dutch (Eendracht maakt macht). The badge is topped by a crown of the same metal. Up to the inclusion of the Order of Leoplold II in the Belgian National Orders, the central disk showed an enamelled blue, black and white crest of the Congo Free State and the motto Travail et Progrès.

The ribbon of the Order is blue with a central black stripe. However, if the Order is awarded in special circumstances, the ribbon of the Officer and Knight classes show the following variations:

Silver or gold palms are added to the ribbon when awarded in wartime to military personnel.

 

Award conditions to military personnel:

The Order of Leopold II is awarded to military personnel on the basis of their length of service, with the years of training counting for half:

Knight: Awarded after 13 years of meritorious service to a commissioned officer, after 30 years of meritorious service for a non-commissioned officer (13 years for non-commissioned officers member of the flying personnel), and after 40 years of service for a private or corporal;

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