First World War Death Medal

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“Much of the Scot­tish mil­i­tary tra­di­tion is built upon iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with a heroic self-im­age,” ex­plains Pa­trick. “This medal shows the im­age of Scot­tish sol­diers from the view of those they fought against. A large num­ber of Scot­tish troops fought dur­ing the Bat­tle of Loos in Septem­ber 1915, and this medal was com­mis­sioned in Ger­many to com­mem­o­rate the bat­tle. It de­picts the char­ac­ter of Death, dressed as a kilted Scot­tish piper, play­ing the troops for­ward to at­tack. It shows both the high re­gard in which Scot­tish sol­diers were held by the Ger­man army and demon­strates the vis­i­ble and au­di­ble dif­fer­ences of Scot­tish troops com­pared to oth­ers on the Western Front.”

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