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    Large Bronze Napoleonic Wars Battle of Leipzig 1813, Commemorative Table Medal.

    Large Bronze Napoleonic Wars Battle of Leipzig 1813, Commemorative Table Medal.

    76.4 mm wide; weighs 166.0 grams. Obverse shows the Russian Orthodox memorial chapel on the battlefield with the date 1913 below and the words "Not for Us, Not for Us, But for the Sake of Thy Name" surrounding the central image. The reverse is inscribed "In Memory of 22,000 Russian Warriors Fallen in the Battle of Leipzig 4, 5, 6 and 7 October 1813." (Or 16-19 October 1813 in the western, Gregorian calendar.)

    Fair to good condition. The image of the specially built Russian chapel is still clear as is all of the lettering. The surface shows considerable wear and there are many tiny edge knocks (none large enough to be disfiguring). If the medal was smaller, one might assume from its overall wear that someone had once carried it as a good luck pocket piece.

    The four day long battle near the German city of Leipzig was referred to almost immediately as the Battle of the Nations. It involved a total of over a half million men, the largest number of soldiers to fight in one battle in Europe up to that point in time (and not to be surpassed in size until the mass conflicts on the Western Front in the First World War). Napoleon's deafeat at Leipzig signaled his complete loss of influence in Germany and led directly to his abdication the following spring and exile to the island of Elba.

    /Mikhail Dyakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 7, 1894-1917", page 366, fig. 1554.1/


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