Original Hungarian Kingdom WW2 Commemorative Medal for Liberation of Southern Hungary - 1941, IN VERY NICE CONDITION - SHOWING MINOR OXIDATION, ON GOOD TRIFOLD RIBBON, A VERY NICE EXAMPLE, THE AWARD IS NOT OFTEN SEEN
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Commemorative Medal for the Liberation of Southern Hungary (Délvidéki Emlékérem), 1941 Circular medal in ‘Kriegsmetall’ (zinc alloy) with laterally-pierced loop for ribbon suspension; the face with John Hunyadi circumscribed ‘MAGYAR DÉLVIDÉK VISSZAFOGLALÁSA EMLÉKÉRE’ (Medal for the Reoccupation of Southern Hungary); the reverse with the arms of Southern Hungary circumscribed ‘VITÉZ NAGYBÁNYAI HORTHY MIKLÓS KORMÁNYZÓSÁGÁNAK XXII ÉVÉBEN’ (In the 22nd Year of the Regency of Valiant Miklós Horthy de Nagybányai). The medal was instituted on 11 April 1941 to mark the return of Southern Hungary to Hungary. At the end of World War I, Hungary lost almost three-quarters of its territory, amongst them many areas with large Hungarian populations, including Southern Hungary. The award was annulled after World War II and the territory returned to Yugoslavia.