A book about medals, badges and souvenir of Austro-Hungarian monarchy from great war time. 320 pages and 2500 illustrations . Bound in linen.
Written by: Tristan Loidl
Weight: 3 kg
Issue info: 320 pages, bound in linen. Size: 29.5 x 26 cm.
• Book is published by Verlag Militaria, highly appreciated military history publishing house.
This 320-page illustrated book deals with the patriotic donation badges and souvenirs of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the time of the First World War. The colourful, sometimes artistic pin-on badges in particular are today popular collectors' items far beyond the borders of Austria. The almost 2,500 artefacts illustrated in detail show a broad and representative cross-section of the many thousand different badges. The book not only describes the badges of commercial manufacturers, but also and especially the donation badges of individual relief organizations, thus giving an insight into the donation activities of the official war welfare associations. The book offers valuable background information, explains contexts and also illuminates economic and propagandistic aspects of the 'war mementos' of the time. The scope extends from badges with the portrait of the old Emperor Franz Joseph I, the colourful Vivat ribbons and the 'Iron Soldiers' to the rings 'Gold gab ich für Eisen' and picture postcards. In the course of the war the multi-coloured kaleidoscope of patriotic artefacts changed into simple pin-on badges of stamped grey metal that were used as cap badges by the army or treated the subjects of grief and death.