Ottoman Turk Gallipoli Star, 1st Class
Replica of the Ottoman 1915 War Medal, a military merit medal often referred to as the “Gallipoli Star” or in German, the “Eiserner Halbmond (Iron Crescent).” The reverse has a vertical pin-and-catch mechanism to attach it to the left breast of the uniform.
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The War Medal was a gallantry award of the Turkish military in World War I, ranking below the silver Liyakat Medal. The medal is star shaped, approximately 56 mm. across, with ball finials, a raised silver edge and red field in enamel. A raised crescent, open at the top, encircles the center of the badge, and inside the crescent is the tughra of Sultan Mehmed Reshad V, over the date "1333" (1915).
This decoration was authorized by Enver Pasha, the Ottoman Commander-in-Chief. It was awarded to both Turkish and German soldiers.
The medal was normally pinned through loops sewn on the tunic.