Two film negative showing the obverse and reverse of a medal made by the German Navy.
First World War German satirical medal by P Leibküchler commemorating the successes of the German commerce raider SMS Möwe in the Atlantic between December 1915 and March 1916. Like MED 301 the piece ridicules the Royal Navy's failure to prevent the Möwe's depredations and celebrates the vessel's return, despite the British naval blockade, to its home port. The Möwe (literally 'Seagull' - a name which Leibküchler makes great play on), commanded by Count Dohna-Schlodien, was a converted merchantman of 4,500 tons fitted as a minelayer and armed fore and aft with two groups of guns and two torpedo tubes. Her appearance as a trader was preserved by having the Swedish colours painted on her sides. Leibküchler's fanciful image has the seagull stylishly cocking a snook at the 'sea lions' (the 'lions of the sea' - the Royal Navy) with the text translated 'As the seagull defies the sea lions'. The reverse text is translated as 'Dedicated to the British Vice-Admiral Dudley de Chair'.