PRUSSIA Kingdom war w Austria 1866 campaign Cross NICE!

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war w Austria 1866 campaign Cross
PRUSSIA Commemorative Cross for 1866 with ‘Königgrätz’ inscription (PREUSSEN. Erinnerungskreuz 1866 mit der Inschrift ‘Königgrätz’)
Bronze cross pattée alisée, a laurel wreath between the arms, with ribbed loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central medallion bearing the cipher ‘WR’ for King Wilhelm I, circumscribed ‘PREUSSENS SIEGREICHEM HEERE’ (Prussia’s victorious armies), the Prussian crown on the upper arm of the cross, the left, right and lower arms inscribed ‘GOTT WAR MIT UNS. IHM SEI DIE EHRE’ (God was with us. To Him be the glory); the reverse with a circular central medallion bearing the crowned Prussian royal eagle perched on a cannon, the upper, left, right and lower arms inscribed
‘KÖNIG-GRÄTZ’, DEN 3’, ‘JULI’, ‘1866’ respectively;
The medal was instituted by King Wilhelm I on 20 September 1866 following the victorious war against Austria and its German allies. There were four versions: for those present at the battle of Königgrätz, for the Army of the Main, for ‘Trueue Kriegern’ (for those combatant troops not present at Königgrätz nor part of the Army of the Main) and for non-combatants. This version is for those who fought at the crucial battle of Königgrätz (Sadowa) that effectively won the war for Prussia,
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