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Medal for the War of 1940-1943, 2nd type (Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra del 1940-43, 2° tipo), miniature
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Medal for the War of 1940-1943, 2nd type (Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra del 1940-43, 2° tipo), miniature
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Miniature circular bronze medal on laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a female head facing left wearing a castellated crown and representative of the Italian Republic, an eagle with wings outstretched beyond, a laurel branch below, inscribed ‘CAMPAGNA 1940-1943’ around the right hand edge; the reverse with a rifle with fixed bayonet and a cannon at the slope, a tank beyond to the right, an eagle’s outstretched wings and a warship to the left, two warplanes overhead; age-toned and some oxidisation; diameter 17.01mm (0.67 inch);on replaced correct ribbon. The intention of creating a medal for ‘the current war’ was expressed by the Ministry of War on 4 November 1941 and reaffirmed on 3 July 1945 and 17 November 1948. However, it was not until 6 May 1959 that the award was finally instituted for those who had served a minimum of 3 months in the armed forces, had been wounded, had accomplished outstanding feats of arms or had been awarded the Valore Militare or the Croce al Merito di Guerra. The first version was produced by Bomisa-Aielli; this second version is anonymous and is not often found.

 
Medal for the War of 1940-1943, 2nd type (Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra del 1940-43, 2° tipo), miniature
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Medal for the War of 1940-1943, 2nd type (Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra del 1940-43, 2° tipo), miniature
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Medal for the War of 1940-1943, 2nd type (Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra del 1940-43, 2° tipo), miniature
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