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Czechoslovakian Campaign Medal
Medaille für den Feldzug in die Tschechoslowakei
Czechoslovakia Medal
The medal's obverse (left) and reverse (right).
Description
Awarded by Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Nazi Germany
Type Chest order
Awarded for Awarded to all German military personnel who participated in the Invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Campaign Fall Grün
Statistics
Established October 18, 1938
First awarded October 18, 1938
Last awarded December 1, 1939
Total awarded 1,562,617 medals and 134,563 bars

The Czechoslovakian Campaign Medal (Die Medaille für die Feldzug in die Tschechoslowakei) was a German military award instituted on October 18, 1938, and authorized for all German forces that took part in the Invasion of Czechoslovakia between October 1, 1938 and March 15, 1939.

Description

Instituted on October 18, 1938, the medal was authorized for all German forces that took part in the Invasion of Czechoslovakia between October 1, 1938 and March 15, 1939.

The medal was awarded to all members of the German Wehrmacht, SS and as well German and Sudeten State officials.

It was awarded until December 1, 1939. In all 1,562,617 medals and 134,563 bars were awarded.

Design

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 Nazi 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" (October 1, 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 Invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Battle of Prague, a bronze Bar (Spange Prager Burg in German) was approved on May 1, 1939. This Bar featured the Prague Castle on the obverse with two triangular prongs in the back, which held it on the ribbon. The bar was like the medal dye-struck and high in detail, with a bronze finish.

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