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Bronze commemorative medal for the Battle of Verdun, Februrary 21, 1916. Designed by Parisian medalist S. E. Vernier. Obverse side depicts a bust of Marianne, a woman with helmet, sword and clenched fist, a symbol of the French Republic. Reverse side depicts the Porte Chaussee, the fortified gate to Verdun, wreathed by laurel leaves.
"On ne passe pas" [They Shall Not Pass] and "S.E. Vernier 1917" (On obverse face)
"Verdun 21 Fevrier 1916" (On reverse face.)
Gift of the Joan Pearson Watkins Trust