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Commemorative Medal October 1st 1938, Germany

Artikul: 55962 Sold
Commemorative Medal October 1st 1938 (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938), original silk ribbon. The Medal was instituted on May 1, 1938, the medal commemorated the return of Austria to the German Reich. The move was the first in Hitler's quest for Lebensraum, and it strengthened German flanks while weakening those of Czechoslovakia. German troops crossed the border on March 12, 1938, without meeting any resistance. The stage had been set by a series of "incidents" provoked by members of the NSDAP in Austria, and diplomatic pressure and ultimatums set forth by the German government. This first action, while perhaps raising suspicions, did not cause general alarm in the world community, as it seemed to be done by choice of the Austrian people who spoke German. The medal, known as the "Anschluss medal", was awarded to all those Austrians who contributed to or participated in the annexation as well as the members of the Austrian NSDAP. It was also awarded to German State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and SS who marched into Austria. It was awarded until December 13, 1940. In all 318,689 medals were awarded.

Commemorative Medal October 1st 1938, Germany

Artikul: 55962 Sold