Obverse design : German night patrol, in "No Man's Land", comprising three soldiers moving from right to left, in single
file, up a slight incline. In the sky the constellation of the Great Bear.
obverse text : "KUNDSCHAFTER ARGONNEN 1915".
The Argonne Forest in north eastern France was bisected by the trench line of the Western Front and was the scene of
continuous and vicious fighting between 1914 and 1918. In this 1915 piece (one of a series of three medals commemorating German military activity in the Argonne, see MED 365 and MED 942) Karl Ott depicts a German night patrol on a reconnaissance in No Man's Land. The activity is rendered by means of deliberately naive and stylised imagery, in order to convey more readily the prosaic reality and routines of trench warfare. The text is translated as 'Scouts-Argonne 1915'.