Wound Medal (Verwundetenmedaille) issued by Austria, 1918.
Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary ordered this award on 12 August 1917 but it took one year to be established. The medal ribbon is significant in that the number of central red stripes on the green-grey background represents the number of wounds received by the recipient whilst on active service. In this instance one stripe (bordered by black) represents one wound. Up to five stripes could be accommodated and no stripes signified a wound rendering the recipient invalided out of service.

Obverse Description

Laurel leaves supporting the bust of Emperor Karl I facing right with the inscription 'CAROLVS' (Karl) above.

Reverse Description

Inscription 'LAESO / MILITI / MCMXVIII' (To the injured soldier 1918).

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