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Title Austro-German Victory medal
Nationality Austrian
Period 1914
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The inscription on the reverse of this gilt medal roughly translates: 'They were justly drawn into the war and will surely bring home the victory'. 'They' refers to Kaiser Bill of Germany and Kaiser Franz-Josef of Austria, whose images are on the obverse. 'Viribus Unitis' means 'with combined strength'.

This little gem (35mm across), in die-struck gilding metal, illustrates the widespread expectation on both sides of a swift victory: 'by the leaves of autumn', in Kaiser Bill's own words! I seem to remember that earlier Napoleon had had a medal struck for the invasion of England in a similar vein. Perhaps between the victory at Tannenberg and the retreat from the Marne there was some justification for what subsequently became a rather short-lived idea, in the ensuing stalemate on both fronts.

Condition is near EF, except for some minor scratches on the reverse field.

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[Militaria : Medals : Austrian : 20th Century]

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