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WWI SINKING OF R.M.S. LUSITANIA MEDAL IN BOXGERWW1038Reg Price:
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About this itemThe original design of the medal was created by the German medalist, Karl Goetz and was later copied by the British for propaganda purposes during World War I.
The top of the box reads:
RMS Lusitania - Cunard Line - 32000 Tons
Sunk on her return journey from United States by a German submarine May 7th 1915
The underside of the lid reads:
The "Lusitania" (German) Medal
An exact replica of the medal which was designed in Germany and distributed to commemorate the sinking of the "Lusitania. This indicates the true feeling the War Lords endeavour to stimulate and is proof positive that such crimes are not merely regarded favorably, but are given every encouragement in the land of Kultur.
The "Lusitania" was sunk by a German submarine on May 17th 1915. She had on board at the time 1,951 passengers and crew of whom 1,198 perished.
The box is a fair to good condition, Lid has come apart on the corners. The actual medal is in a fantastic condition, please study pictures to determine condition. These Medals in their original boxes are becoming increasingly rare.
In 2008 divers exploring the wreck found 4 million US made Remington .303 bullets, supporting the Germans long held belief that the Lusitania was also carrying war materials, and that it was the explosion of the munitions on board that caused the 2nd explosion, which sank the ship so quickly. Various souvenirs were designed and sold in Britain, all profits going to St. Dunstan's Soldiers and Sailors Hostal for the blind and wounded service men.
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