Original German WWII 1 October 1938 Commemorative Sudetenland Medal in Presentation Case
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice German Pre-WWII 1 October 1938 Commemorative Medal (German: Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938), commonly known as the Sudetenland Medal or Czech Conquest Medal. This was a decoration of NSDAP Germany awarded in the interwar period, and this fine example comes complete with its original ribbon and is inside its original maroon presentation case.
The medal is in good condition, with minimal oxidation, and the ribbon is in very good shape as well, though it does have some pin marks at the top from when it was installed on a uniform or ribbon bar. The original case has unfortunately not fared as well, as the glue holding the wooden frame near the hinge gave way, so the top is now separate from the bottom half. Also the bottom under the velvet metal bed is partly detached as well as crushed in. This could be easily repaired, but we feel it adds to the authenticity of the item.
A wonderful medal set, ready to display!
Instituted on 18 October 1938, the medal was awarded to German military personnel who participated in the occupation of Sudetenland and the occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939.
The medal was awarded to all German (and as well Sudeten) State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and SS who marched into Sudetenland. Later it was awarded to military personnel participating in the occupation of the remnants of Czechoslovakia on 15 March 1939. It was awarded until 31 December 1940. In all 1,162,617 medals and 134,563 bars were awarded.
The medal was similar in appearance as the Anschluss Medal, the reverse only differed in the date. It was designed by Professor Richard Klein.
It is round and of the obverse there is a man standing of a podium with the Third Reich coat of arms and holding the NSDAP flag, he holding the hand and helping him get on the podium of another man who had a broken shackle on his right hand, this symbolize the joining to the Reich of Austria. On the reverse side is the inscription "1. Oktober 1938" (1 October 1938). The date is surrounded with the words "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer" (One People, One Empire, One Leader).
The medal was dye-struck and high in detail, with a bronze finish. The medal was suspended from a black ribbon with a red stripe in the middle, these being the colors of the Sudetenland.
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