Original German WWII Unissued 1 October 1938 Commemorative Sudetenland Medal in Packet
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent unissued 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 the original folded ribbon and wrapping, contained in the original issue paper packet.
The condition is simply the best we have ever seen, completely unissued and with no wear. The ribbon is folded perfectly, and the interior tissue paper padding is in great shape. The packet shows the expected corner wear from age, but is still relatively stiff. Interestingly, it is maker marked on the back in German Fraktur type by a company that we cannot find much information on:
Markovs'ky & Co.
Galonz a. N.
There were apparently several makers with this name in Gablonz, which was in the "Sudetenland" that this medal commemorates the conquest of.
A wonderful unissued 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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