Battle of Verdun Medal

Object Number: 
Bronze; cardboard, paper; cloth, plastic
diameter: 1 in. ( 2.6 cm ) mount: 8 9/16 x 4 1/16 x 1/8 in. ( 21.7 x 10.3 x 0.3 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at left of field: "VERNIER"
Bronze struck medal, issued to commemorate the heroes of the Battle of Verdun, with shoulder-length portrait of woman in helmet, with sword in her right hand; legend above: "ON NE PASSE PAS." Reverse shows arched entryway of a medieval castle with tower on either side; laurel wreath beneath; inscription above: "VERDUN"; in exergue: "21 FEVRIER/1916." Medal is inset into cardboard and paper mount with pasted printed and hand-written documents; black cloth edgings; remnants of plastic sheet covering documents on both sides of mount.
Gallery Label: 
A 300-day stalemate between French and German troops, the 1916 Battle of Verdun resulted in over 700,000 casualties. General Robert Nivelle (1856-1924), the first commander of French troops, was replaced by General Philippe Petain (1856-1951), hero of the battle. Petain was later discredited as head of the French collaborationist (Vichy) government in World War II.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord, 1948
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group