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A Triplet From The Battle Of Skagerrak (Jutland From The German Side) [WWI]

 
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 Posted 09/28/2021  02:47 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add NetJohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Prior to WWI, the German artists/medalists were turning out countless commemorative art medals venerating their Generals, Admirals, and the Kaiser himself. Once WWI started, these artists were able to turn from just creating Personenmedaillen (medals honoring persons) to Kriegspropaganda (war propaganda) and commemorating victorious battles.

One of these battles, the Battle of Skagerrak (German name, while the British called it the Battle of Jutland) was a questionable victory, as while the German fleet did enact more severe damage on the British fleet than they received, the German fleet did have to flee back to the safety of the harbors, causing the German Navy to have to rely more on its Unterseeboots, or U-boats.

Nevertheless, German artists created no less than 14 different designs, spanning different metals and sizes that there are over 50 varieties of commemorative medals honoring this "victorious" battle.

Here is a single design specifically honoring German Admiral Reinhard Scheer, in three different metals in two different sizes. The artist was Hugo Kaufman; this was not his only design for Skagerrak as I will show later.

[Attributions: Zetzman 4123, Frankenhuis 793, Storer 121, BDM VII/495, and Patrick D2.1a through D2.1c :)]



Above: Cast bronze, 93mm (D2.1a)


Above: Cast Iron, 93mm (D2.1b)


Above: Silver, 34mm (D2.1c)

All three are part of my Jutland/Skagerrak collection.

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 Posted 09/28/2021  07:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting John. We don't see too much cast iron here! And at 93 mm in diameter, that medal must really have some some heft.
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 Posted 09/28/2021  08:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"History is written by the victors artists!"

Thanks for posting the medals and background info - I enjoyed reviewing it all!




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That warship design is pretty macho.
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Thanks for sharing! Interesting medals and background info.
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