A ‘Starhemberg Vogel’ Heimwehr Medal With “July” Clasp
A ‘Starhemberg Vogel’ Heimwehr Medal With “July” Clasp - (Heimwehr-Ehrenzeichen (sogen. Starhembergvogel) mit der Julispange), 1934; oval medal in shape of an eagle, die struck in silvered bronze31mm x 50mm, with silvered clasp attached to ribbon. Footnote: the medal was awarded to members of the Heimwehr Austrian Home Defence Force (Heimwehr), a mostly right wing nationalist force, who participated in the suppression of the Communist uprising in Vienna in February of 1934. Interestingly, the ‘”July” clasp was awarded to members of the Heimwehr members who successfully suppressed the Austrian National Socialist attempted coup following the assassination of Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss on 25 July 1934. Medal is common, but clasp is very scarce.