101585 | FRANCE. Generals Joffre, Maunoury & Gallieni bronze Medal.

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    101585  |  FRANCE. Generals Joffre, Maunoury & Gallieni bronze Medal. Issued 1916. The First Battle of the Marne (68mm, 159.05 g, 12h). By J. P. Legastelois at the Paris mint.

     

    BATAILLE DE LA MARNE, jugate capped and uniformed busts right of the generals: Joseph Joffre, Michel-Joseph Maunoury, and Joseph Gallieni; on tablet below in two lines, SEPTEMBRE / 1914 / Marianne-Victory flying right, holding sword; battle scene below, with French and British forces repelling their German enemies. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.

     

    Maier 231. Choice Mint State. Attractive olive-brown woodgrain surfaces, with a slight matte nature.

     

    A turning point in WWI, the Battle of the Marne halted the German advance further into France, with British and French allied forces repelling their German counterparts to the northwest and saving Paris, but ultimately leading to prolonged trench warfare along the western front, a stalemate that was to last for the remainder of the conflict.