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Title IX Army Corps long service medal
Nationality German
Period 1918-25
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This was probably produced in 1918 or in the early years of the Weimar Republic. It celebrates the service of the unit in three major European wars: 1871 Franco-Prussian; 1866 Six Weeks War against Austria; WW1 1914-18. It would have been awarded to the veterans and widows of the Corps.

The service dates 1866-1918 probably reflect the raising and subsequent disbanding of the IX Army Corps rather than any individual man's service. It consisted of the 17th & 18th Divisions from Schwerin and Flensburg respectively (Western Baltic coast). It served as part of General von Kluck's First Army, memorably fighting at Mons 23/24 September 1914 against the British Expeditionary Force. Apart from a short spell in Russia, near Vilna, all service was in France and Flanders.

It is a die-struck gilt medal (30mm diameter), in near EF condition.

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