Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 im Etui. The 1 Oct. 1938 Sudetenland Commemorative Medal was awarded for participating in the occupation of Sudetenland and the occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939. It is constructed out of a die struck tombak base that has been bronze washed. The round shaped obverse depicts two unclothed men (one has a chain around his right wrist, the other is holding an NSDAP flag on a pole) that are standing on a pedestal that shows a German national eagle. The reverse reads: “1. Oktober 1938 Ein Volk Ein Reich Ein Führer” (October 1 1938 One People, One Empire, One Leader). To the top of the medal is a soldered-on loop and ring which holds 4 inches of red, black and white folded rayon ribbon that has been stitched together. To the back of the ribbon is a brass gilded pin assembly, which is secured with black thread. The pin remains in well working condition! The medal measures 1 ¼ inches in diameter. The bronze wash is in beautiful condition and the detail is superb! The award comes housed in its original case. The case is constructed out of wood and pressed cardboard with a simulated maroon grained leather covering. To the top is a pressed gold foil National eagle, with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons. The interior top lid is lined in white satin and has an underlying pad. The bottom interior of the case is covered in a maroon felt with and has an exterior white cardboard border. To the front is a gilded round steel spring loaded closure button. To the back is a gilded steel staggered bar hinge. The hinge and the closure button continue to function well. The case shows minor age throughout yet remains in excellent condition. It measures 4 1/8 inches long by 2 inches wide by 7/8 of an inch thick. A great assembly!
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