✚10685✚ Austria Hesse-Darmstadt post WW1 Commemorative Medal 14th Inf. Regiment

£249.99

Original post WW1 Austria Republic / Hesse-Darmstadt Commemorative Medal for the 200th Anniversary of the Austrian Infantry Regiment No. 14 ‘Ernst Ludwig Grand Duke of Hesse and by the Rhine’ (Erinnerungsmedaille zum 200jährigen Jubiläum des österreichische Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 14 ‘Ernst Ludwig Großherzog von Hessen und bei Rhein’), IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, ON GENUINE FADED TRIFOLD RIBBON, A VERY FINE EXAMPLE WITH BEAUTIFUL FINISH, A VERY RARE AWARD (ONLY 800 WERE MADE)

HISTORY OF THE AWARD:

Hesse-Darmstadt Commemorative Medal for the 200th Anniversary of the Austrian Infantry Regiment No. 14 ‘Ernst Ludwig Grand Duke of Hesse and by the Rhine’ (Erinnerungsmedaille zum 200jährigen Jubiläum des österreichische Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 14 ‘Ernst Ludwig Großherzog von Hessen und bei Rhein’), 1933 - Circular gilt bronze medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the head of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig facing left, circumscribed ‘ERNST LUDWIG 1733-1933’; the reverse inscribed ‘FUER HESSENTREUE’ (for loyalty to Hesse), a wreath of oak and laurel below and left. The medal was instituted in November 1933 to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Imperial and Royal Austrian Infantry Regiment No 14, named for the Grand Duke. The Regiment was raised by Emperor Karl VI in November 1733 for service in the War of the Polish Succession (1733-1738). Its subsequent battle honours included Belgrade 1789, Wagram 1809, Magenta and Solferino 1859 and Königgrätz, 1866. In 1914, the Regiment fought first on the Russian front, later being transferred to the Italian front early in 1916. It was disbanded in November 1918. The regiment was based at Linz in Upper Austria. The medal was struck by the firm of Max Pöllath of Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, in just 800 examples and the medal is thus very rare.