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German Medal - Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 Capitulation of Paris

Started by Medalstrike, October 18, 2009, 09:45:10 AM

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Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871

The pretext for war presented the candidacy of Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1835-1905)
to the Spanish crown in July 1870. Prince Leopold withdrew its claim on 12.07.1870 French pressure
Previous protests. But Bismarck was Napoleon III. with unprovoked "Emser Depeche" under such pressure which
of these, 19 July 1870 led to the declaration of war against Prussia saw.
Baden, Bavaria, Hesse and Wuerttemberg, subordinate their armies in 1870 the Prussian high command.
Germany's neighboring states remained neutral.
The combined German forces included 520,000 soldiers, compared with the French professional army with 330,000 men
The original war plan foresaw Napoleon to advance into the Main valley, southern Germany and northern Germany
to separate and so to persuade Austria to declare war. The plan failed because the French army was not ready to march.
Three strategic errors in the French led to disaster at Sedan.
On 2 September capitulated MacMahon at Sedan, 100,000 French people go into captivity;
and 418 guns will be captured by the Germans.
Napoleon III. is brought to the Wilhelmshohe (Kassel) in Imperial custody.
On 4 September there is the population of Paris, and encourages the Republic.
The new government of national defense, but was to no concessions to the
Germans ready. She has published on 4 September 1870 an appeal to the French people
in the national resistance continues to defend the country.
From 19 September 1870 was besieged Paris and massively attacked by the Germans.
Against the German siege in the autumn and winter of 1870-71 Paris, defended himself with some
improvised means and quickly erected defenses, on 19 January 1871, the city had
start due to the catastrophic supply finally surrender negotiations with the besiegers.
On 28 January 1871, finally surrendered Paris.

Likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm I. 1797-1888 framed by the synonym of victor's laurel wreath, crossed cannons,
Arms and standards, including the Iron Cross.
The higher classes of the Iron Cross was the highest since 1813, the Prussian and since 1870
even the highest German war decorations.

surrounded by an oak wreath.
Since the time of the founding of the German Empire in 1871 and the feeling of national unity
entered the oak leaves in the German language of symbols.

Tin - diameter 39mm - thickness 2.5 mm - Weight 26.3 g

The third side of a medal rests in the eye of the beholder


and here is the French reply -    11.00g / 30mm / -
Notes:   Mar 6, 13 - "this medal from the 1870s Franco-Prussian War. It reads " oublier jamais! " (Never Forget). We are told that this medal was awarded veterans of WWI in France. produced by Depose'."
"The medal is on a ribbon that is sewn to a button that is back-marked Arthur Bertrand & Beranger, 48 rue de Rennes, Paris.



Quote from: bruce61813 on December 27, 2015, 08:13:20 PM
produced by Depose'.

That's déposé (registered), a copyright notice, not a name. Capital letters will often not have diacriticals in French.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.