War Commemorative Medal of the Kyffhäuser Union, 1914-1918 (with swords)

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SKU: 02.WMR.0304.101.01.001

Estimated market value:

$25 USD

  • War Commemorative Medal of the Kyffhäuser Union, 1914-1918 (with swords) Obverse
  • War Commemorative Medal of the Kyffhäuser Union, 1914-1918 (with swords) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$25 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: BLANK DIE WEHR REIN DIE EHR 1914 1918 Rev: FÜR TREUE IM WELTKRIEGE DER KYFFHÄUSERBUND AUFRECHT U. STOLZ GEHEN WIR AUS DEM KAMPFE DEN WIR ÜBER VIER JAHRE GEGEN EINE WELT VON FEINDEN BESTANDEN. HINDENBURG
  • Size
    31x44mm

History


This Medal was instituted by the Veterans Association (Kyffhäuser Bund) to recognize German military personnel who served in the First World War. This includes individuals who rendered service on the front-line, the home front or in the Reserve Army.

The medal was designed by Professor Hermann Kurt Hosaeus, and his name is featured on the obverse of the medal.

The Medal was unofficial and veterans were required to purchase the award themselves.

In 1922, a crossed swords device was institute. The device was worn by veterans who fought on the front-line. The clasp for colonial, naval, and aviation veterans include, “DOGGERBANK,” “DOGFIGHT,” “OESEL,” “SKAGERRAK,” “OVERSEAS,” “SUBMARINE WARFARE,” and “CRUISER U. MINE WARFARE.”

The medal's ribbon may also feature clasps denoting service in battles on the Western, Eastern, and Southern Fronts.

Clasps from the Western Front include, “AISNE-CHAMPAGNE,” “ANTWERPEN-OSTEND,” “ARGONNEN,” “ARMENTIERES,” “ARRAS-ALBERT,” “AVRE,” “CHAMBRAI,” “DINANT,” “FERE-CHAMPENOISE,” “FLANDERN UND ARTOIS,” “JUVINECOURT,” “KEMMELBERG,” “THE BASSOE-ARRAS,” “LILLE,” “LORETTO HEIGHT,” “LORRAINE,” “MEUSE-AISNE,” “MARNE AND BESLE,” “BATTLE OF MARNE,” “MONTDIDIER-NOYON,” “MULHOUSE,” “NANCY-EPINAL,” “OISE,” “PERTHES,” “REIMS,”“SCARPE,” “SOISSONS-REIMS,” “SOLDAU-NEIDENBERG,” “SOMME BATTLEFIELD,” “ST. QUENTIN,” “VERDUN,” “VOSGES,” “MARCH 1914,” “WYTSCHAETE,” “YPRES,” and “YSER.”

Clasps from the Eastern Front include, “BREST-LITOWSK,” “DUNA,” “FINNLAND,” “KURLAND,” “LITAUEN,” “LIVELAND,” “LODZ,” “MASURISCHE SEEN,” “NAREW,” “NAROTSCHEE,” “NJEMENSCHLACHT,” “NOWO-GEORIEWSK,” “OST-GALIZIEN,” “PRJASNYTZ,” “RAWKA,” “SEHRETH,” “SMORGON,” “STOCHOD,” “SUDPOLEN,” “TANNENBERG,” “TARNOPOL,” “UKRAINE,” “WARSCHAU,” and “WILNA.”

Clasps from the Southern Front include, “ISONZO,” “MACEDONIA,” “PALASTNA,” “PIAVE,” “ROMANIA,” and “SERBIA.”

The obverse inscription translates to, “To arms with honour intact.” The reverse inscription translates to, “For loyalty during the World War,” Kyffhäuser Union,” and “Proudly we leave the battle, in which we bravely stood against a world of enemies for four years. Hindenburg”

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