Germany, Crown Prince Wilhelm as hero of the battle of Verdun. AE medal 1915 (83mm.) by Karl Goetz, (1875-1950). Bust of crown prince in uniform l, WILHELM KRONPRINZ DES DEUTSCHEN REICHES, rev. the young Siegfried slaying the Chimera-like dragon whose heads represent each of the Allies (Kienast 151).
Good Extremely Fine, dark brown patina,
Crown Prince Wilhelm, born on May 6, 1882 in Potsdam, died on July 20, 1951 in Hechingen. He served as general and formal commander of the German 5th Army from August 2, 1914, commanding 48 divisions formed of over 570,000 soldiers. He was subordinate to General Konstantin Schmidt von Knobelsdorf and then from August 21, 1916, to General Walther Freiherr von Lüttwitz. The leadership of the 5th Army was responsible for the Battle of Verdun, which raged ‘apocalyptically’ from February 21 to December 19, 1916.