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The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

Article about: I love cased medals... and this one caught my eye because the case was so mint... I learn things everyday about the hobby.. I learned today that I need to be much more observant of things...

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    The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal
    (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

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    Instituted on May 1, 1938, the medal commemorated the return of Hitler’s homeland to the German Reich. The move was the first in Hitler's quest for "Lebenraum", 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 National Socialists 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. After all, it seemed to be done by choice of the Austrian people who were German speaking.

    The medal, known as the first "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.

    The March 13, 1938 Medal was based on the 1938 Party Day Badge. On the obverse it featured a tall standing figure holding a swastika banner (Germany) helping another figure who had broken shackles (The freed Austrians) onto a podium stand which had the Wehrmacht Eagle and represented the Greater German Reich (all three "Flower War" Medals had the same obverse). On the reverse center it had the inscription "13 Marz 1938" with the slogan "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer" (One people, One State, One Leader) surrounding it. This was a favorite propaganda slogan that had much appeal and it was used repeatedly in Hitler’s speeches to represent the unification attitude of the time.

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    Obviously the case and medal did not come together.

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    Quote by SteveR View Post
    Obviously the case and medal did not come together.
    Why would you say that?

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    I have no idea if that is true of course but the condition of the case vs the condition of the medal don't match. Both nice originals though.

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    Here are 2 other examples from dealer sites ... the case is correct.
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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    Quote by Adrian View Post
    I have no idea if that is true of course but the condition of the case vs the condition of the medal don't match. Both nice originals though.
    I see the point... it could be put together? not sure ... either way.

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    I was thinking the same thing - case is mint, and the medal, not so.
    Still a cool item with a great case.

    I have one of these medals (no case) but someone polished off
    the original patina. They are supposed to be flat/matt
    and not all shiny.........

    !
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    It could be, it might not be, no way to tell for sure. Obviously the case is almost brand new looking yet the medal has been exposed to the air at some point to take on the aged look. It is possible the medal was worn on a uniform and the case kept seperately out of the elements and they were only reunited when the need to wear the medal was over.

    Who knows?

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    Default Re: The March 13, 1938 Commemorative Medal (Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. Marz 1938)

    Quote by Adrian View Post
    It could be, it might not be, no way to tell for sure. Obviously the case is almost brand new looking yet the medal has been exposed to the air at some point to take on the aged look. It is possible the medal was worn on a uniform and the case kept seperately out of the elements and they were only reunited when the need to wear the medal was over.

    Who knows?
    Thats what I was thinking... either way I'm happy with it.

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    Quote by Lowboy View Post
    Thats what I was thinking... either way I'm happy with it.
    And that's what counts.

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