Medal for Efforts in General Mobilization of 1914.
Bronze gilt, 28.3 mm wide. High quality version by a private
maker, with beautiful details and gilt finish.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The original fire gilt
is very nicely preserved having only mild toning which adds
character. The raised details are essentially pristine.
Comes on a relatively recent ribbon of the Order of White
Eagle mounted on a cardboard backing.
Est. February 1915, this is the last award medal of the
Russian Empire. It was issued to both the military and
civilians who had assisted in the general mobilization of
1914 and in the effort to rush the supplies to the
frontlines. Starting from 1915, the medal was also awarded
for significant contribution to physical training of the
youth of pre-draft age.
Swift mobilization of the immense Russian force in summer of
1914 came as a surprise to Russia's WW 1 Entente allies and
as a shock to her German and Austrian foes. Contrary to the
Schlieffen Plan, the German high command was compelled to
transfer troops from the all-important right wing of their
western invasion force - thus losing a very real chance of
quick victory in Western Europe and dooming Germany to a
prolonged war of attrition that it could not win. Arguably,
the speed of Russian mobilization was the decisive factor
that saved Britain and France from the immediate defeat in
1914. But it could not save Russia herself: throwing
undersupplied and poorly prepared troops into hasty
offensives led to devastating military defeats in East
Prussia and put Russian Empire firmly on the road to the
eventual military and political collapse in 1917.
/See Dimitri Romanov,"The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 264-265/