K.U.K.Kriegsminister Gen.Obst.Frh.V.Krobatin

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM MED 385
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1916
Place made
Austria-Hungary
Subject period
Materials
  • medium: bronze
Dimensions
  • Support: Diameter 65.5 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: medallion
Creator
Category
Decorations and awards

Object description

obverse design : War Minister Baron von Krobatin, bust, left profile, in uniform obverse text : "K.u.K.KRIEGSMINISTER GEN.OBST.FRH.v.KROBATIN" (in four lines to right of bust) reverse design : howitzer, barrel highly elevated to left, being served by two Austrian artillerymen. In front of the piece a davit with a shell in its pulley-chains, in the background coniferous woods and in the distance mountains exergue : "1914 1916"

Label

First World War portrait medal by Arnold Hartig commemorating General Baron Alexander von Krobatin (1849-1933), one in a series of patriotic medallic tributes to senior Austro-Hungarian political and military figures produced by the artist during the war. Krobatin was War Minister of Austria-Hungary from 1912 to 1917. An artillery expert by training one of the few successes of his period of office was in the increased output of artillery that he made available to Austro-Hungarian fighting Divisions. The image of the artillery piece (closely resembling the famous Austrian 'Schlanke Emma', 30.5 cm howitzer) on the reverse design celebrates his commitment to heavy ordnance. Following the dismissal of his close ally Conrad von Hötzendorff as Commander in Chief, Krobatin was removed from office in April 1917 and given command of the 10th Army. He was promoted Field Marshal for his part in the successful Caporetto offensive of October 1917.

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