Special Offers Recent Additions Sold Archive
  Top » Catalog » Miniature Medals » Germany-miniatures » DE1011 My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   
Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
PRUSSIA. Commemorative Medal for the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 for non-combatants (PREUSSEN. Kriegsdenkmünze 1870-1871 für Nichtkämpfer), miniature
[DE1011]
Quantity Available: 1
£25
PRUSSIA.  Commemorative Medal for the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 for non-combatants (PREUSSEN. Kriegsdenkmünze 1870-1871 für Nichtkämpfer), miniature
Click to enlarge

Miniature circular steel medal with magnetic core, with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned monogram of King Wilhelm above the inscription ‘Für Pflichttreue in Kriege’ (for Loyalty in War), circumscribed ‘Gott war mit uns Ihm sei die Ehre’ (God was with us To Him the Glory); the reverse with an Iron Cross (cross pattée) with rays between the arms, inscribed ‘1870 1871’ within a wreath of oak; some age oxidisation; diameter 18.94mm (0.74 inch): without ribbon. The medal was instituted on 20 May 1871 for those active in the War with France. It was in bronze for combatants and steel for non-combatants. By Imperial decree of 22 May 1871, the award of the non-combatant version was extended to military doctors, officers and soldiers who had remained within German borders, this award being distinguished from that for non-combatants by its ribbon. The conflict between France and Prussia that signalled the rise of German military power and imperialism was provoked by the Prussian (later German) Chancellor Otto von Bismarck as part of his plan to create a unified German Empire. The French armies were overcome at Sedan by the efficient Prussian forces, battle-hardened from their conflicts with Denmark and Austria. In Paris, a bloodless revolution led to the overthrow of Napoleon III. The city was besieged by the Prussians from 19 September and held out, suffering severe privation, until 28 January. France was forced to cede Alsace and Lorraine to the Germany which had been proclaimed an empire under Wilhelm I on 18 January 1871 in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, sowing the seeds of future 20th Century conflicts. The Medal is not often found in miniature.

 
PRUSSIA.  Commemorative Medal for the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 for non-combatants (PREUSSEN. Kriegsdenkmünze 1870-1871 für Nichtkämpfer), miniature
Click to enlarge
         

Site by GoodAnswers