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