An Italian Medal for the Expedition to Albania
An Italian Medal for the Expedition to Albania - Type C, bronze, original ribbon, near mint. Footnote: The medal was instituted on 7 March 1940 to be awarded to military and civilian participants in the Italian occupation of Albania. By 1939 Italy dominated all aspects of Albania life but in the minds of Mussolini and Ciano, German triumphs in Austria and Czechoslovakia demanded an Italian response. This came in the form of the invasion of Albania by an overwhelming Italian force that met no resistance and suffered negligible casualties, the Italians having bribed the tribal chieftains in advance. The year ‘XVII’ (17) refers to the number of years of fascist rule in Italy. This example is of type ‘C’ of the medal, rarest of the variants.