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Médaille Commémorative des Dardanelles: CM.1180-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Paris
State: France
Artist: Lindauer, M.
Mint: Colmar, Paris




After Germany's diplomacy successfully induced Ottoman Turkey to join the Great War on Germany's side, a substantial naval force was amassed by the Allies against Turkey. Key to its operations was control of the Dardanelles Strait between the Aegean Sea and Sea of Marmora.
A large naval force was assembled to force passage through the Straits, but heavy losses necessitated a change of plan to infantry assault on the Gallipolli Peninsula to take control of the Straits overland. A force principally composed of Australian and New Zealand troops, supported with British home units and French marines, was landed and held on on the Peninsula for ten dogged months, mounting numerous ineffective offensives while naval support dwindled. Turkish resistance on all fronts proved more solid than had ever been anticipated and the troops were finally withdrawn in October when Bulgaria joined the war on the German side.
French troops who survived this theatre, in which French forces took nearly as many casualties as the Australians, were in 1926 awarded this medal. The piece is unnamed, and the identity of its recipient thus unknown. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.2 mm
Weight: 18.4 g

Place(s) associated

  • Colmar

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


Production date: AD 1926

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Marianne in wreathed helmet facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Crossed artillery piece and axe before two standards, nearer of which bears legend "HONNEUR / PATRIE / 1913 / 1918"; artist's name in left of field in tiny lettering, "R. F." in right

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1180-2009
Primary reference Number: 141274
Watson Catalogue: 66
Ordering: M-0063
Previous object number: LW.0063
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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