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Commemorative Medal for Loyalty to the Fatherland: Albanian Retreat Medal, 1915
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Commemorative Medal for Loyalty to the Fatherland: Albanian Retreat Medal, 1915
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Circular bronze medal with swivel gilt crown suspension, the central circular gilt medallion superimposed on the silvered Serbian double-headed eagle; the face with the head of Crown Prince Alexander facing left encircled by the Cyrillic inscription ‘To His Comrades of War * Alexander *’ within a laurel wreath; the reverse with the Cyrillic inscription ‘For Loyalty to the Fatherland 1915’; on replaced correct trifold ribbon. 

The Medal was created on 5 April 1920 and awarded to military who took part in the terrible retreat in the winter of 1915 through the mountains of Albania to Corfu.  Faced with annihilation by Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian armies, the Serbian army, led by King Peter and Crown Prince Alexander, made an heroic retreat and was later to play a notable part in the breakout from Salonika that forced Bulgaria out of World War I.  Its survival in 1915 and subsequent recovery was an important factor leading to the creation of Yugoslavia in 1918. 

The Medal was made by Huguenin Frères of Le Locle, Switzerland.

 
Commemorative Medal for Loyalty to the Fatherland: Albanian Retreat Medal, 1915
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Commemorative Medal for Loyalty to the Fatherland: Albanian Retreat Medal, 1915
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Commemorative Medal for Loyalty to the Fatherland: Albanian Retreat Medal, 1915
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