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post-WW2 Polish 25th Anniversary of the Victorious Battles of the 1st Polish Armored Division.


London 1969, Bronze, 70mm diameter, 123 grams 

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A scarce medal issued by the Association of Veteran Circles of 1st Polish Armoured Division in London, commemorating the victorious battles and occupation of Germany by the 1st Polish Armoured Division of General Maczek. 

The obverse shows the sign of the 1st Armored Division, the so-called “Squirrel”, next to it the inscription “ “1 Dywizja Pancerna”” -“1st Armored Division”. Around the edge, the inscription in Polish “ W Walkach o Polskę na ziemiach Francji, Belgii, Holandii, i Niemiec, 1944-45”” – “In Fights for Poland in the lands of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, 1944-45”.

  The reverse shows a map of northern Germany, at the top a Polish military eagle, below the inscription in Latin “Germaniae Fines, A Polonis Debellati Praesisiis Tenentur, MCMXLV – MCMXLVII”, translated – “Germany defeated, Polish crews occupy their country, 1945-1947”. A beautifully made and very symbolic object.

On the edge, the name of the original owner is engraved: “Maria i Płk. Henryk Spaltenstein ”.

Medal described in the book “Medals and Badges” by Marian Brzezicki, London 1979, position 86.