French Embroidered Kepi for Medical General Francois Galan
This is a French medical general kepi from World War II (1939-1945). It belonged to Medical General Francois Galan. The elaborate embroidery around the middle is unique to the medical service as is the red velvet cap band. On the top is a four-braid Hungarian knot. The madder red turban features the three vertical stripes worn by senior officers. A false gold chinstrap is attached to the front. On the inside is a manufacturer's label for Y. Le Francis as well as a black silk liner.
Francois Galan was born in 1889. He was given the rank of second lieutenant in 1912 and joined the medical service. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant in 1914, a captain in 1919 , and a commandant in 1929. By 1944, he was named a medical general. During his service, Galan was given the rank of Knight in the Legion of Honor.
|France||World War II|
|Y. Le Francis|