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    How to recognize the Africa medal

    Hi guys, here something I think helpful for our collectors community.
    In my researches I've identified all the different patterns of the Italo-German medal for the african campaign.

    I've worked on some pictures to facilitate the understanding of the different types, highlighting the characteristic points of each.
    Here a small summary of what I think important to recognize these medals.


    First characteristic to see: the maker mark (LORIOLI MILANO):
    - type 2, 3 and 4 have it on the left side;
    - type 1 and 5 on right;
    - type 6 don't has it.

    Second characteristic: the artist's name (DE MARCHIS):
    - Type 1 is in relief (short writing);
    - type 2 is in relief (long writing);
    - type 3 is in relief (long writing);
    - type 4 is engraved;
    - type 5 is in relief with the "short M";
    - type 6 don't has it.

    Third characteristic: the upper part of the "ara" (altar) on top of the Arch of Fileni.

    Fourth characteristic: the Savoy node.


    Type 1: LORIOLI
    Made from Lorioli (Milan)
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Antonio Scapini; 04-16-2013, 10:30 AM.

    My books:


    - THE WEHRPAß & SOLDBUCH OF THE WH
    - THE SS TK RING
    - THE ITALIAN-GERMAN MEDAL
    - THE ANTI PARTISAN BADGE
    - THE AWARDS OF THE LW

    and more!


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    Type 2
    Made from LORIOLI.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Antonio Scapini; 04-16-2013, 10:31 AM.

    My books:


    - THE WEHRPAß & SOLDBUCH OF THE WH
    - THE SS TK RING
    - THE ITALIAN-GERMAN MEDAL
    - THE ANTI PARTISAN BADGE
    - THE AWARDS OF THE LW

    and more!


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      #3
      Type 3
      Made from LORIOLI.
      Attached Files
      Last edited by Antonio Scapini; 04-16-2013, 10:31 AM.

      My books:


      - THE WEHRPAß & SOLDBUCH OF THE WH
      - THE SS TK RING
      - THE ITALIAN-GERMAN MEDAL
      - THE ANTI PARTISAN BADGE
      - THE AWARDS OF THE LW

      and more!


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        #4
        Type 4
        Made from LORIOLI.
        Attached Files
        Last edited by Antonio Scapini; 04-16-2013, 10:32 AM.

        My books:


        - THE WEHRPAß & SOLDBUCH OF THE WH
        - THE SS TK RING
        - THE ITALIAN-GERMAN MEDAL
        - THE ANTI PARTISAN BADGE
        - THE AWARDS OF THE LW

        and more!


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          #5
          Type 5: SOUVAL
          Made from Rudolf Souval (Wien).
          Attached Files
          Last edited by Antonio Scapini; 04-16-2013, 10:33 AM.

          My books:


          - THE WEHRPAß & SOLDBUCH OF THE WH
          - THE SS TK RING
          - THE ITALIAN-GERMAN MEDAL
          - THE ANTI PARTISAN BADGE
          - THE AWARDS OF THE LW

          and more!


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            #6
            Thank you very much, Antonio. This is very helpful.

            Bob Hritz
            In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

            Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound.

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              #7
              Antonio this is very helpful research thank you for taking the time to do this thread i think it should be pinned

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                #8
                Antonio,
                Well done. This will be of considerable help to the collecting community.

                Chet
                Zinc stinks!

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                  #9
                  Hi Antonio!

                  Many thanks for Your helpful work!!!

                  Kind regards, Peter

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                    #10
                    Excellent presentation! Thanks, Antonio!

                    Best regards,
                    Tom
                    Mihi libertas necessest!

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                      #11
                      Good thread! Thanks, Antonio!

                      Kind regards, Mikhail.

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                        #12
                        Antonio,
                        fantastic work,great help to collectors
                        Now I can recognize my medals..
                        WAF forever
                        Regards
                        Andor

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                          #13
                          Thank you for imparting your excellent knowledge Antonio

                          Nick
                          sigpic "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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                            #14
                            Great research and explanation, thank you Antonio!
                            Steve

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                              #15
                              Antonio

                              A very useful thread. Thank you!

                              Best regards
                              Pierce

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