CHINA – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – BOXER REBELLION – 1900-1901
This is a one place medal bar for the Combatants medal for the Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion in China took place from 1900-1901. In this struggle the Boxers engaged the Navy and Army of the Western Allies in an effort to force the Western Allies to vacate China and the various concessions which they held within China. These efforts failed. While battles raged across China the best known was what occurred in Peking where the Allies withstood a siege of some fifty-five days. Again the Allies were successful in holding off the larger Boxer forces. There is a movie I enjoy greatly, “Fifty-Five Days at Peking”, which starred Charleton Heston, David Niven, and Eva Gardner. Which dealt with this subject.
This is the Combatant version of the medal which is gold. There was also a silver medal for Non Combatants. Both used the same black, white, red, and yellow ribbon. The obverse shows a German Eagle battling the Chinese Dragon. On the reverse we see Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. There is also mention of the struggle of the conflict and the dates 1900-1901. The medal is mounted with the correct ribbon. On the reverse of the mount we see a red felt backing and the attaching pin is in place. All exhibit what I call honest age.
One small aside. During the struggle comes what the S.M.S. Iltis did. It fought at the successful Battle of the Taku Forts. Though suffering extensive damage and numerous casualties including her Captain, Wilhelm Lans (Later Knighted and became an Admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine.).