This early medal from the Franco Prussian War carries the classic German iron cross on one side with the dates 1870 and 1871 encircled by a laurel wreath. On the reverse is the saying "Gott War Mit Uns. Ihm Sei Die Ehre" (God was with us. His is the honour.) around the letter W for Kaiser Wilhelm I who endowed the medal in 1881 for combatants. Beneath the Kaiser's initial are the words "Dem Siegreichen Heers" (For Victorious Armies).
This medal was bestowed upon those who were active during the campaign - who had participated in a combat, or a siege, or who had passed the French border in an act of war in 1870/1871.
On the outer rim of the bronze medal it reads Aus Erobertem Geschuetz (Made From Conquered Cannon). This marking denotes that the medal is one of the scarcer one minted.
It measures 1-3/16" in diameter.
Condition: it has not been polished so it is tarnished, the bail appears to have been repaired and reattached to the medal.