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Details about  ✚6298✚ German mounted Franco-Prussian War Commemorative Medal pre WW1 1870-71

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✚6298✚ German mounted Franco-Prussian War Commemorative Medal pre WW1 1870-71
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Genuine, used German military item from Iron Cross Militaria. Hopefully the uploaded photos are

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Genuine, used German military item from Iron Cross Militaria. Hopefully the uploaded photos are showing everything you need to know about the condition of this item, however I am always happy to send HQ photos by e-mail if required. Pictures are always taken from the front & back of the medals, badges, postcards, field posts, documents. The not newly listed items sometimes show the front and the back on the same photo.

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World War I (1914-1918)



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Original German mounted medal pre WW1: Franco-Prussian War Commemorative Medal for Combatants, THE MEDAL IS IN MINT CONDITION - ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES I HAVE EVER SEEN, GENUINE RIBBON, WORKING PIN DEVICE 

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I am happy to send more HQ photos by e-mail if required.


Commemorative Medal for the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 for combatants (Kriegsdenkmünze 1870-1871 für Kämpfer) - Circular gilt bronze medal with ribbed loop for ribbon suspension; the face with an Iron Cross (cross pattée) with rays between the arms, inscribed ‘1870 1871’ within a wreath of laurel; the reverse with the crowned monogram of King Wilhelm above the inscription ‘Dem siegreichen Heere’ (the victorious army), circumscribed ‘Gott war mit uns Ihm sei die Ehre’ (God was with us To Him the Glory); the edge inscribed ‘AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ’ (from captured cannon); with ‘Gravelotte-St.Privat’, ‘Beaumont’ and ‘Sedan’ bars (the medal has been mounted with the reverse outwards). The medal was instituted on 20 May 1871 for those active in the war with France, to be awarded in bronze for combatants, as here, and in steel for non-combatants. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Prussian victory, on 18 August 1895 twenty-three bars corresponding to the main actions of the war were authorised for wear with the medal by veterans of those actions. On 2 September 1895 bars for Weissenburg and Metz were added. 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.

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