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Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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Circular bronze medal with eyelet and replaced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a relief map of south-east Albania with place names within a circular laurel border, the Italian crown above, inscribed ‘9A ARMATA’ below on a fasces and a field gun, knots to either side, circumscribed ‘CAMPAGNA DI GRECIA E JUGOSLAVIA 28 OTTOBRE 1940 – 23 APRILE 1941 – XIX’ (Campaign of Greece and Yugoslavia 28 October 1940 – 23 April 1941 -19), signed ‘P MORBIDUCCI’ at the base; the reverse with the crowned double-headed Albanian Eagle encircled by a border of knots, circumscribed ‘MIK ME KRYE ME BESE E BURRNI’ and ‘AMICO FINO AL SACRIFICIO CON FEDE E CORAGGIO’ (In Albanian and in Italian ‘Fine friends to the sacrifice with faith and courage) separated by oak leaves; on a correct paper representation of the ribbon. The medal was created in 1941 for the 9th Army which had been constituted in November 1940 under General Mario Vercellino for duty in Albania. The Army occupied the area around Lake Ochrid, passed the winter south-east of Tirana and on 13 April 1941 took part in the attack on Greece. The attack was soon repulsed by the Greek Army, necessitating German intervention on the Italian side and causing a crucial delay in the German invasion of Russia in summer 1941.

 
Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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Medal Commemorative of the 9th Army Campaign in Greece and Albania (Medaglia Commemorativa della 9a Armata Campagna Greco-Albanese), 1940-1941
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