Ma Jeannette


On the front of this medal is written ‘Pour le roi, pour le drapeau, ma Jeannette, à l’assaut’, ‘for the king, for the flag, my Jeanette, the assault’. This is an alternative version of a popular French song ‘Si tu veux … Marguerite’ from 1913.

Jeannette is the nickname given by soldiers from Walloon, the French-speaking part of southern Belgium, to their bayonet. French soldiers used Rosalie as a nickname. There is a bayonet depicted on the back.

Full title:
Ma Jeannette
Held by:
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
© Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)

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