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    Medal for Efforts in General Mobilization of 1914, State Mint version.

    Medal for Efforts in General Mobilization of 1914, State Mint version.

    Brass gilt, 27.9 mm wide. This classic version of the medal was made by the St. Petersburg Mint. Approximately 50000 of these were struck in total (to put this into perspective, the number of issues is roughly comparable with the Soviet medal for the Defense of Sevastopol.)

    In very fine to excellent condition. There is only very minor amount of wear to the high points of the bas-relief; details of the portrait remain nicely defined. There are several small light blemishes to the obverse that are not very detractive and add character, while very good amount of the original gold finish remain in the recessed areas of the obverse. The gilt on the reverse is almost entirely intact, and the lettering is pristine.

    Comes with original period ribbon of the Order of White Eagle which is correct for the medal, mounted on a Soviet era suspension device in brass. The connecting link is a replacement.

    Established in February 1915, this is the last 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. Swift mobilization of the immense Russian force came as a surprise to Russia's WW 1 Entente allies and as a shock to her German and Austrian foes. German high command was therefore 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 Russian troops into offensive led to devastating military defeats in East Prussia and hastened the eventual military collapse of 1917.

    /See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 264-265/


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