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pre-WW2 Polish Medal Haller’s Swords Blue Army – American Version
USA, 42mm x 29.5mm
The decoration was introduced in 1920 by General Józef Haller to commemorate the merits of Polish volunteers of General Haller’s Blue Army from France, Italy and the United States. An example made in the USA, probably by W&H Co.
A diamond-shaped decoration with a red enameled border, on the obverse there is a white enameled eagle with a golden crown, claws and a cross on the chest. From behind the rhombus, two crossed swords are visible, their blades pointing upwards. At the height of the eagle’s head there is the date 4 X 1918, on the sides of the wings the names: “Francja”, “Włochy”, below separated by the eagle’s tail “America” and the initials of Józef Haller – JH.
The reverse is smooth, a visible trace of the removed “rigid” mount, typical of American-made Haller Swords. Unusual fastening with a pin, Probably worn by a soldier of active service after 1925. According to the order of the Minister of Military Affairs No. 100/17 March 1925, soldiers could only wear the Hallerowska Swords on the pocket (not above it) after 1925.
Condition as in the photos.