101329 | GERMANY & RUSSIA. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal.

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    101329  |  GERMANY & RUSSIA. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg bronze Medal. Issued 1914. The Conqueror of the Russians & the Liberator of East Prussia (33mm, 15.85 g, 12h). By A. Löwental in Berlin.

     

    GENERALOBERST VON • HINDENBURG, uniformed bust facing slightly left / DER RUSSEN • BEZWINGER OSTPREUSSENS • BEFREIER, medieval knight standing facing, head left, wielding sword overhead; TANNEN / BERG – ORTELS / BURG across field. Edge: Plain.

     

    Cf. Zetzmann 4025 (silver); cf. The Art of Devastation p. 198, 5 (larger module). Gem Mint State. Glossy chocolate brown 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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