A Type 5 - Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika mit der Papiertüte und Besitzzeugnis by Rudolf Souval of Vienna. Awarded to soldiers of the Wehrmacht and Italian troops who worked together in the North African theater of war. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc base that has been silver washed. The obverse of the award features two gladiators fighting together to keep a crocodiles jaws closed. Beside the gladiators it is marked “Lorioli Milano” and to the bottom outer rim it is designer marked: “De Marchis”. The reverse features the Arch of Fileni, above the Savoy knot and inside of a fasces (left) and a static swastika (right), which is all surrounded by “Campagna Italo Tedesca in Africa - Italienisch Deutscher Feldzug in Afrika” (Medal for the Italian-German campaign in Africa (in both German and Italian)). Attached to the award is 5 inches of black, white, red and green rayon ribbon. It shows beautiful detail and silver wash. It measures 1 3/16 inches in diameter. Included with the award is the LDO Issue packet. It is constructed out of a tan paper base that has been folded and glued together. The obverse features a printed 2nd pattern “LDO” mark, within an oval and rectangular border. The reverse print reads, within a rectangular border: “Die Herstellung von Orden und Ehrenzeichen unterliegt der Kontrolle der Prasidialkanzlei. Der Hersteller ist verpflichtet,mangelhaft gelieferte Stucke gegen einwandfreien Ersatz umzutauschen.” (The production of medals and decorations is subject to control of the Prasidialkanzlei. The manufacturer is obligated to exchange unsatisfactorily supplied strikes against perfect replacement.). The packet measures 2 ¼ inches wide by 4 1/16 inches tall. Accompanying the award and packet is the appropriate issue award document. It is constructed out of a printed paper. The obverse reads: “Besitzurkunde Dem Obergefreiten Ernst Adameck Wurde die Erinnerungsmedaille für den Italienisch-Deutschen Feldzug in Afrika verlienhen Afrika, den 11. Oktober 1942” It is also signed, stamped and numbered Nr. 139. It shows two fold marks and soilage throughout. It measures 6 1/8 inches wide by 8 9/16 inches tall. A great rare group!
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