100559 | GERMANY. General Otto von Emmich silver Medal.
100559 | GERMANY. General Otto von Emmich silver Medal. Issued 1914. World War I series: The Battle of Lüttich (Liège) (34mm, 18.14 g, 12h). By R. Küchler at the Grünthal Workshop in Berlin.
GENERAL v EMMICH, uniformed bust facing slightly left / LÜTTICH, nude soldier, as Mercury, advancing left, holding torch and blowing trumpet; burning cityscape of Liège in background; zeppelin flying to upper left. Edge: SILBER 990.
Zetzmann 4008; Hans Kaiser Coll. 409. Mint State. Exceedingly lustrous and prooflike, though numerous light marks and hairlines in the fields are noted. Rare.
Given the command of a provisional army, Otto von Emmich holds the distinction of having commanded the first battle to take place during World War I. On the morning of 5 August 1914, he began a bombardment of the eastern Belgian forts in an attempt—which would prove to be successful—to take the city of Liège and secure invasion roads into Belgium for the German army.
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