Southwest Africa Medal for non-combatants, silvered white metal, unsigned (Südwestafrika-Denkmünze für Nichtkämpfer, Weißmetall versilbert, ohne Stempelschneidersignatur), 1904-1906
Circular silvered white metal medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with the head of Germania in winged helmet facing left, circumscribed ‘SUEDWEST AFRIKA’ and dated ‘1904-1906’; the reverse with the monogram of Wilhelm II, an imperial crown with flying pendelia above, crossed swords below, circumscribed ‘VERDIENST UM DIE EXPEDITION’ (for Merit on the Expedition); slight contact marks; on possibly original ribbon, the suspension ring replaced. The medal was instituted on 19 March 1907 with versions for combatants and non-combatants and was awarded for participation in the crushing of the uprisings of the Herero and Nama against German colonial rule between 1904 and 1908. Subsequently, private versions in silver, in silvered bronze and in white metal alloy (Weißmetall), as in this example, were made privately. The medal is now hard to find.
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