100710 | GERMANY. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg cast iron Medal.

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    100710 | GERMANY. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg cast iron Medal. Issued 1914. The Battle of Tannenberg and the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes (67mm, 91.02 g, 12h). By K. Goetz.

     

    GENERALOBERST • VON • HINDENBURG, uniformed bust facing slightly right / DIE • RUSSISCHE • NAREW • ARMEE • VERNICHTET, Russian cossacks and their horses drowning in the Masurian Lakes. Edge: Plain.

     

    Kienast 143. Choice Mint State. Essentially as cast, with deep charcoal surfaces.

     

    Before serving as the president of the German Reich and his unintended role in giving rise to nazism and Adolf Hitler in 1933, Paul von Hindenburg was a celebrated general within the German Empire, first retiring in 1911. Upon the outbreak of WWI, however, he was called upon to serve once again, where he oversaw a major and much celebrated German victory at Tannenberg in 1914. Following this campaign, Hindenburg's star rose to a national level, paving the way for his ensuing political career during the Weimar period.

     

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