Nazi Anschluss Medal. Instituted on May 1, 1938, the medal commemorated the annexation of Austria to the German Reich, the so called Anschluss. Fine quality detailed reproduction with ribbon.
The Anschluss Commemorative Medal
Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Instituted on 1 May 1938, the medal commemorated the annexation of Austria by the Third Reich. So German troops crossed the Austrian border on 12 March 1938 without any resistance and were warmly welcomed. Crowds lined the way and unification was almost entirely welcomed. The medal, known as the “Anschluss medal”, was awarded to those, both military and civilian, who contributed to or participated in the annexation. Included in this were German State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and units of the SS who entered Austria. Austrian Nazis that had worked fo the r union with Germany also qualified for the medal. The widows of those who had been killed for their cause.The last award was on on 31 December 1940, a total of 318,689 medals were awarded. This from`s a trio of occupation medals, the October Sudetenland medal and the Memel Land medal.