N046789 KYFFHAUSERBUND 1914/1918 SERVICE MEDAL. (Medaille)
BACKGROUND: The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of "Kyffhäuser" in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. Of Note: The DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), in March 1938.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A vertically oval die struck alloy award with a gilt wash. The obverse of the award features an embossed vertically oval laurel leaf wreath encompassing a central, embossed, unfurled flag and four upward pointing blitz style arrows with embossed dates, "1914 1918" to one side and embossed Gothic script to the top, "Blank die Wehr Rein die Ehr", (Shining resistance is the genuine Honor). The reverse of the award features an embossed vertically oval laurel leaf wreath and Gothic script, "Für Treue im Weltkriege Der Kyffhäuserbund", (For Loyalty in the World War The Kyffhäuser Association), encompassing an embossed, Gothic scripted, quote from Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, "Aufrecht u. stolz gehen wir aus dem Kampfe den wir über vier Jahre gegen eine Welt von fienden bestanden", (Erect and proud we proceed from the battle that for over four years duration we opposed the worlds enemies). The ribbon suspension loop and ring are both intact.
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