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Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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Gilt bronze and enamel Greek cross with looped ribbon, between and as though threaded through the arms, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the cross in gilt-edged grey enamel with black and white enamel looped ribbon between and as though through the arms, a central circular medallion imposed with a gilt Balkan Moslem townscape on an orange enamel ground within a circular gilt studded border; the reverse inscribed ‘ORIENTE BALCANICO 1914 = 1919 ALBANIA = MACEDONIA’and with maker’s mark ‘L. FASSINO TORINO DEPOSITATO’, signed ‘DIS. A. CALY.’; all enamel intact; on original ribbon. The Cross was instituted in 1924 by the Unione Nazionale Reduci Oriente Balcanico for the veterans of the Balkan campaigns of World War I against Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian forces who had over-run Serbia and was announced in the Domenica del Corriere of 23 March 1924. A superb example of a very rare award.

 
Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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Commemorative Cross for the Expeditionary Corps to the Western Balkans, Albania – Macedonia, (Croce Commemorativa del Corpo di Spedizione nell’Oriente Balcanico, Albania – Macedonia) 1914-1919
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