obverse design : Archduke Josef Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, bust, right profile, in uniform
obverse text : "JOZSEF FÖHERCEG"
reverse design : sword, antique pattern, vertical, its ornate hilt, which is uppermost, surrounded by thunderbolts. To the left of the
blade ".MCMXIV." and to the right ".MCMXVIII."
reverse text : "EXEMPLVM.DECVSQVE.MILITVM"
In this 1918 portrait medal Elizabeth von Esseö pays loyal tribute to military services of Archduke Josef Ferdinand
(1872-1942), the godson of Emperor Franz Josef. During the First World War Archduke Josef Ferdinand held various senior field command
appointments in the Austro-Hungarian Army. His military record was not entirely spectacular, being implicated in the failure of of the
'Black-Yellow' offensive of September 1915 and roundly suprised by the vehemence of the Russian Brusilov Offensive around Lutsk in June
1916. As a consequence of the latter defeat, and at the request of Austria's German allies, Josef Ferdinand was dismissed from active
service. The patriotic reverse text is translated as 'The example and the glory of (all) soldiers'.