The Medal of the Deported for Forced Labour
On 23 December 2002 (Decree published on 28 Feb. 2003) the Belgian government instituted this bronze medal for award to those that had, at the time, been officially recognized as Deportee through being deported for forced labour during the Second World War. The medal's reverse is blank and the ribbon is green with two 3 mm deep blue stripes at 10 mm from the edge.
The Deportees' Medal (unofficial)
Until the creation of the medal above, no award was available for those deported. This unofficial bronze medal was instituted sometime after 1967 and was awarded to those whom the German occupant deported to Germany for forced labour.
The obverse shows a man in German uniform (the only Belgian medal where the swastika is used) holding a worker and showing him where to go.
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