België, IJser Medaille 1914-1918

Yser Medal, Belgium 1914-1918
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België, de IJser Medaille, ingesteld 1918 en uitgereikt aan soldaten die in 1914 deel uitmaakten van het leger dat vocht aan de rivier de IJzer (Yser) en daar de Duitse opmars tot stilstand liet komen. Deels geëmailleerd brons, 50 x 35 mm, aan tweekleurig lint. (Verkocht)

The Yser Medal (French: Médaille de l'Yser, Dutch: Medaille van de IJzer) was a Belgian World War I campaign medal established on 18 October 1918 to denote distinguished service during the 1914 Battle of the Yser where the Belgian Army stopped the German advance under General Erich von Falkenhayn, losing some 60,000 soldiers dead or wounded in the process, more than a third of the total complement of the Belgian Army at the time. The Yser Medal was awarded to the members of the Belgian Armed Forces who were part of the army fighting along the Yser river between 17 and 31 October 1914 that proved themselves worthy of the distinction. The medal could also be awarded to foreign nationals, members of allied military forces who took part in the Battle of the Yser. The medal could be awarded posthumously.

The obverse depicts a naked helmeted man holding a lance (indicating the halting of the advance of the German forces), to his right, the relief inscription on three lines "17-31 OCT 1914". In the enamelled medallion, the relief inscription "YSER". The reverse bore the relief image of the left side of a roaring wounded lion lying on the bank of the Yser river, an arrow in his left shoulder, below the lion, the relief inscription "YSER", in the medallion, the Belgian royal crown over the relief letter "A", the monogram of King Albert. (sold)

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