Original German WWII Cased 1 October 1938 Commemorative Sudetenland Medal with Prague Castle Bar
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good cased German Pre-WWII 1 October 1938 Commemorative Medal (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 a Prague Castle Bar (Spange Prager Burg), indicating the soldier had also participated in the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia. It comes contained in the original issue case, which is maroon with the NSDAP Reichsadler on the top.
The condition of the medal is very good, with almost all of the original gold wash present, and only a few specks of oxidation. The ribbon is solid with just a few stains, and the Prague bar has a lovely aged patina. The case still closes correctly, and the only issue is that the lining of the lid has torn at the hinge area, which is quite common.
A wonderful German WWII 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.
Prague Castle Bar
For those who had participated in both the occupation of the Sudetenland and the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia on 15 March 1939, a bronze Castle Bar (Spange Prager Burg), was approved on 1 May 1939. This bar featured the Prague Castle on the obverse with two triangular prongs in the back, which held it on the ribbon of the prior awarded Sudetenland medal. The bar, like the medal, was die-struck and high in detail, with a bronze finish.
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