Medaille “Auf den Einzug deutscher Truppen in Paris”

Medal “For the Capture of Paris by German Troops”

Non-portable commemorative medal “Auf den Einzug deutscher Truppen in Paris” was minted in 1940 on the occasion of the Wehrmacht victory parade in the heart of Paris on June 14, 1940 after the fall of France. Design of the medal was elaborated by the famous German medalist Karl Xaver Goetz (28.06.1875-08.09.1950).

Obverse without border showed mounted German warlord saluting parading German infantry unit with raised right hand. The Triumphal Arch of the Star topped with swastika was situated in the background. Upper part of the obverse bore inscription in capital letters: “Entry” (“Ein-Marsch”) in two lines (on the left) and “in Paris 14 June 1940” (“in Paris 14.Juni 1940”) in four lines (on the right). Name of the medallist, “K.Goetz”, was situated at the very bottom of the obverse, just below the cut.

Centre of the reverse without border showed shield with the head of a ferocious eagle and topped with the German helmet facing left. The shield pressed down on the back of the dishevelled Gallic rooster symbolizing defeated France. Flying State war flag of the Third Reich (Reichskriegsflagge), introduced in October 1935, was placed diagonally behind the shield. Inscription in capital letters flanked the shield on the left: “German Watch” (“Devtsche Wacht”) in two lines and on the right: “in France” (“in Frank-Reich”) in three lines. This legend clearly refers to the famous German patriotic anthem “The Watch on the Rhine” (“Die Wacht am Rhein”) particularly popular during the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War, that became the unofficial second national anthem.

Edge of the commemorative medal bore inscription “Bav[arian]. State Mint” (“Bayer[isches]. Hauptmünzamt”) executed in capital letters.

Circular medal measuring 59,77 mm in diameter was manufactured of the so-called “Weißmetall”, or “white metal”, i.e. German silver, nickel silver or nickel.

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