khaki, on 07 May 2012 - 10:31 PM, said:
I doubt if the Austrian medal falls under 'patriotika' as it commemorates the 4th Army campaign specifically, the last medal commemorates the 47th reserve division which was an active division of the German Army seeing action on the Eastern and Western Front. It saw active service from 1914 thru 1918 and was disbanded at Mainbresson June 30th 1918. Former members of the division may have been members of the later Freikorps unit/s, but from what I can find the Division had ceased to exist
I have gone through the book "Orden & Ehrenzeichen 1800-1945
" by Jörg Nimmergut and the only reference to the "Iron Division" was in the Freikorps section, where it specifically lists a medal in 3 types of metal, Silver, Bronze with silver plate, and Weiss Metall, however no picture.
Of course the possibility remains that its an unofficial commemorative medal for veterans of the unit, or an unofficial unit commemorative medal, the ribbon colours are not listed in the book " particularly in the Prussian section, (I hope Nick can post a better picture of the full bar front and back?)
I my opinion the Austrian award in second place, may come under same "unofficial but tolerated" as the Austro-Hungarian military officials in particular were very lax with regards the issuing and wearing of such items as "tinnies" particularly in caps etc.. etc..
Also the general shape of the bar and its style, as seen, reminds me that it might originally have had a Austrian Bravery award in Silver or Bronze, the Iron Div, medal might be a later addition, again I would like to see pictures of the front and rear.
Is there any evidence that the Division was serving alongside Austrians, Austro-Hungarian's either in the west or East?