These are medals and badges that have been awarded by military bodies over the years in relation to the Vierdaagse.
A bronze medal with a diameter of 40 mm, made by the company of van Veluw of Zeist. The obverse bears the army badge and the inscription ‘Koninklijke Landmacht' or ‘Royal Army’. The reverse inscription: ‘Uitgereikt door bis wegens het behalen van de 1e plaats bij de Vierdaagse van Nijmegen’ translates as ‘Awarded for gaining 1st place at Nijmegen Vierdaagse`. Some of the awards have a ball and ring suspension, although it is not presented with a ribbon and is not intended for wear.
Royal Dutch Army medal for first place at the Nijmegen Vierdaagse.
Lieut General Marcel Urlings awards the Army First Place Medal to the detachment from 11 Air Supply Company, Manoeuvre Brigade. [Defensie Krant]
This medal is awarded each year to the Royal Dutch Army detachment judged as having the best conduct during the Marches in terms of training, dress, external appearance and behaviour. Similar medals are also awarded to the best Royal Dutch Navy (including Marines) and Air Force detachments. Navy medals are awarded with a long narrow red, white and blue ribbon to enable them to be worn round the neck when presented.
Finishing ahead of other detachments is not, of course, one of the award criteria, since the marches are not a race. In 1928, the first year foreign military detachments took part, the Norwegian group did treat the event as a race and finished first each day. They were disqualified and denied both the Vierdaagse Cross and the Group Medal!
This bronze medallion is a general Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Gendarmerie) award, not specifically produced for the Marches.
A Royal Dutch Gendarmerie (Koninklijke Marechaussee) medal, awarded to a Vierdaagse team orderly (verzorging).
The obverse has a flaming grenade, the gendarmerie badge, with the inscription 'Koninklijke Marechaussee' and the motto 'Zonder vrees en zonder blaam', (without fear and beyond reproach).
This reverse, otherwise plain, is engraved: 'Sgt A. J. Van Bedijk, verzorging Vierdaagse 1958 - 1959 - 1960', indicating that it was awarded to an orderly who supported the Marechaussee teams at the event over three years.
This award was made before the Orderly Medal was established in 1965 for those who support walking teams.
(With thanks to Gerrit Van Weeghel for supplying the photographs).