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Commemorative Medal for the Italo-German Campaign in Africa (Medaglia Commemorativa della Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa / Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika), 1940-1943
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Commemorative Medal for the Italo-German Campaign in Africa (Medaglia Commemorativa della Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa / Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika), 1940-1943
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Circular ‘Kriegsmetall’ zinc alloy medal with integral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the Arco dei Fileni monument centrally, the Italian fasces to the left, the German hakenkreuz to the right, the knot of Savoy below, circumscribed ‘CAMPAGNA ITALO-TEDESCA IN AFRICA ITALIENISCH-DEUTSCHER FELDZUG IN AFRICA’, laurel leaves at the top, oak leaves at the base; the reverse with two armoured soldiers forcing open the jaws of a crocodile in allegory of the British hold on the Suez Canal; some corrosion and loss of detail; on replaced correct ribbon.

The award was first created in ribbon form in 1942 for Italian and German troops in North Africa but on 7 January 1943 a medal was proposed by General Magli on behalf of the Supreme Command in Libya.

The Medal, though produced and distributed, was never officially recognised and is rare.

 

 

 
Commemorative Medal for the Italo-German Campaign in Africa (Medaglia Commemorativa della Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa / Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika), 1940-1943
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Commemorative Medal for the Italo-German Campaign in Africa (Medaglia Commemorativa della Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa / Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika), 1940-1943
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Commemorative Medal for the Italo-German Campaign in Africa (Medaglia Commemorativa della Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa / Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika), 1940-1943
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