commemorativeafricancampaign

THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

'THE GLIMPS OF WAR REFLECTED IN THE BRAVERY AND SERVICE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OTHERS'

COMMEMORATIVE AFRICAN CAMPAIGN  MEDAL 1914-1916  AND 1914-1917

 

THIS CAMPAIGN MEDAL WAS AWARDED TO ALL FORCES IN THE BELGIAN ARMY IN THE COLONY OF CONGO  DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. NATIVE SOLDIERS WHERE AWARDED

A BRONZE MEDAL, WHILE BELGIAN BORN SOLDIERS WHERE AWARDED SILVER GRADE MEDALS. THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGN WAS A CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE GERMAN EAST AFRICA COLONY.

 

 

HISTORY


The commemorative medal for the African Campaign of 1914-1916 and 1914-1917 was instituted on the 21th of February 1917 and restablished by royal degree on the 28th of September 1931. The award was created into two classes: Bronze and Silver. The Bronze medal was awared for natives from Cameroon, Rhodesia and East African german colonists who served in the Belgian Army in the cologny during the time 1914-1916 and later 1914-1917. The silver medal was only for Belgian (white) born soldiers.

 

The Royal Degree of 1931 established a bar with the inscription "Mahenghe" that was suspended on the ribbon. The bar was awarded for those who took part in the battle of Mahenge in the East African German colony.

DISCRIPTION OF THE AWARD


The round medal is suspendend on a royal crown. The frontside has a sitting lion on a rock with a mountain landscape in the back. Above the lion is a five pointed star placed. On the back we find a the dates 1914-16 (first type) or 1914-17 (second type) accompanied with the following African states, written in French:

 

               Kamerun             Afrique Orientale Allemande        Biamulo

               Ouesso                Kigali                                                 Kitega

               Assoram              Nyansa                                             St. Michäel

               Mulindu               Udjidji                                               Tabora

               Jaunde                  Usumbura

 

The ribbon has a light blue color with a yellow stripe on both sides.

              

MAKERS, TYPES AND DIFFERENCES


SILVER CLASS

1st Model

BRONZE CLASS

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ASSOCIATED MEMBERS