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Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Italian issue (Medaglia della Vittoria Interalleata), 1914-1918, miniature
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Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Italian issue (Medaglia della Vittoria Interalleata), 1914-1918, miniature
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Miniature circular bronze medal with integral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a winged Victory on a triumphal chariot drawn by four lions; the reverse with a tazza from which two doves bearing olive branches fly, dated ‘MXMXIV’ ‘MXMXVIII’ (1914 1918), inscribed around the upper rim ‘GRANDE GUERRA PER LA CIVILITA’ (The Great War for Civilization) and inscribed at the base ‘AL COMBATIENTI DELLA NAZIONE ALLEATE ED ASSOCIATE’ (To the combatants of the Allied and Associated countries); diameter 12.24mm (0.48 inch); age-toned; on original ribbon. The idea of an inter-allied medal to commemorate victory in what was termed ‘The Great War for Civilisation’ is credited to the French Field-Marshal Foch. It was agreed that each of the Allies should issue a medal to their nationals featuring a figure representing ‘Victory’ on the front and have a symmetric double rainbow ribbon with red, the colour of courage and sacrifice at the centre, representing the colours of the allies flags and presenting an allegory of calm after storm. The medal was awarded to Italian participants in World War I. The miniature version is not often found.

 
Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Italian issue (Medaglia della Vittoria Interalleata), 1914-1918, miniature
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Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Italian issue (Medaglia della Vittoria Interalleata), 1914-1918, miniature
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Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Italian issue (Medaglia della Vittoria Interalleata), 1914-1918, miniature
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