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    Medal for Efforts in General Mobilization of 1914, by a Private Maker, circa 1915.

    Medal for Efforts in General Mobilization of 1914, by a Private Maker, circa 1915.

    Brass gilt, 28.1 mm wide. This very attractive version is at least on par or possibly better in quality than the mint issues.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The details of the bar- relief portrait and lettering on the reverse and perfect and exceptionally crisp. The gilt finish is beautifully preserved and bright on both sides having only a couple of mild blemishes on the obverse that add character without detracting from the overall appearance of the medal. The raised edge is completely free of bumps or noticeable dings. Comes with a brass connecting link that appears to be of the period and may be original to the medal.

    Established in February 1915, this is the last medal of the Russian Empire. It was issued to both the military and civilians who had assisted in the general mobilization of 1914 and in the effort to rush the supplies to the frontlines. Swift mobilization of the immense Russian force came as a surprise to Russia's WW 1 Entente allies and as a shock to her German and Austrian foes. German high command was therefore compelled to transfer troops from the all- important right wing of their western invasion force - thus losing a very real chance of quick victory in Western Europe and dooming Germany to a prolonged war of attrition that it could not win. Arguably, the speed of Russian mobilization was the decisive factor that saved Britain and France from the immediate defeat in 1914. But it could not save Russia herself. Throwing undersupplied and poorly prepared Russian troops into offensive led to devastating military defeats in East Prussia and hastened the eventual military collapse of 1917.

    /See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 264-265/


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