A 1937 French War School Award to Lieutenant-Colonel Gradichnik Ferdo
A 1937 French War School Award to Lieutenant-Colonel Gradichnik Ferdo - Bronze, cornucopia hallmarked and marked "BRONZE" on the edge, obverse illustrating the central building of the Military School in Paris, inscribed "CRESCENTI ADMILITIAE DECUS NOBILITATI" above and "PALAESTRA EXAEDIFICATA M DCC LXVIIII" below, reverse illustrating the winged torch Air Force insignia with the engraved inscription "1937-1939 / AU Lt.-COLONEL / GRADICHNIK FERDO" and inscribed "ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE GUERRE" below, 64.5 mm, light contact, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, recessed medal bed, dual swing hook closure, scuffed exterior, case fine. Ferdo Gradišnik Slovenian officer and fighter pilot , * 16th August 1899 , the United Lešnov , Istria, Croatia, † 8th April 1941; he was killed in action by Flak artillery fire on April 8, 1941, while attacking a German military column in Macedonia. Footnote: The Ecole Militaire (Military School) is a vast complex of buildings housing various military training facilities located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, southeast of the Champ de Mars. The Ecole de Guerre (War School) is a French institution for military higher education.