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1812 Overture

Who can explain this portrait like the brave medal on the left?

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Everyone sees that the first medal worn by this character, the middle head is left to look at, is that version not only available in the Austrian Empire? At the time of the First World War, wasn’t it already sent?

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1812 Overture,

Very interesting photo. Some links to a website which has some information on these medals: -

https://www.omsa.org/franz-joseph-bravery-medal-1859-1866/

https://www.omsa.org/franz-joseph-bravery-medal-1866-1915/

The soldier in the photo does not look old enough to have served in both the Austro-Prussian war of 1866 (in which he could have received the left facing Franz Joseph bravery medal) and in World War One (in which he would have had to have served to receive the Karl Troop Cross which was only instituted from 13th December 1916).

 

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The medal is a golden one. It is possible that during WW1 old medals which were still on stock or in museums were used for decorating actual services instead of melting them and produce new ones. It is possible that our Fähnrich wore a medal which was from an ancestor exchanging it with his own. 

Jörg Steiner writes in his "Heldenwerk" (pg. 9) that from August 1914 until March 1915 medals of all types left on stock were used because of the high amount needed.

The only issue which is sure is that he did not take part in a war before 1914.

Regards

Christian

Edited by Christian1962

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