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New ribbon for Medaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika.

Article about: Well done Pammy! it looks great Here is some info on this medal. Sorry if you already know it "The Italo-German Campaign Medal for service in Africa was instituted by the Italian Govern

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    Well done Pammy! it looks great Here is some info on this medal. Sorry if you already know it

    "The Italo-German Campaign Medal for service in Africa was instituted by the Italian Government to reward the achievements of Rommel's Afrika Korps. The medal was only to be awarded to German troops, the first presentations taking place in 1942. Due to Italy's withdrawal from the war and subsequent surrender, the wear of all Italian awards was prohibited in orders distributed to the German Armed Forces dated March 29th, 1944.

    The Italo-German Campaign Medal was initially produced in solid Bronze, but war time shortages forced a switch to “war medal” with a Bronze finish. It measured 31mm by 31 mm, with a ribbon device that measured 6 mm in height and 18 mm in width.

    The obverse of the medal is concave and features two gladiators symbolizing Italy and Germany doing battle with a crocodile, which symbolizes Britain. The reverse shows a swastika and fasces, each on one side of the Italian Felini Arch again depicting Italo-German cooperation. Under the arch is the Royal Knot of the House of Savoy. Around the rim of the reverse is the inscription “Italo-German Campaign in Africa”, in German (on the side of the swastika) and in Italian separated on top and bottom by two single leaves.

    It was produced principally by F.M. Lorioli and sons of Milan, but a variety of smaller manufacturers also made the award. The Lorioli manufacturer mark is present on a majority of medals above either the right or the left leg of the crocodile. This mark consists of the inscription “LORIOLI MILANO”. The absence of a manufacturer marks denotes that the award was produced by a smaller firm."

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    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Call me a "know it all better"or "agitator", but shouldn't the German side of the ribbon be on the Swastica side of the medal and the Italian coulors on the Fasces side?

    Jean

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    Just for interest, here is one being worn along with a freshly awarded EK2.
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    Thanks guys!! Thats a great picture,thanks for sharing!!

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