This medal has been detected by the 3d metal detector eXp 5000 in North Africa. It is obviously a German/Italian locket. The inscription says: “Campagna Italo-Tedesca in Africa. Italienisch-Deutscher Feldzug in Afrika.” This metal detector find reminds of the Italian German campaign in Africa in 1937/1942. Mussolini’s National Fascist Party created this Italian/German African campaign medal in memory of the actions of the German Africa Corps DAK (Deutsche Afrika Korps) in the North African campaign.
After Italy’s capitulation and declaration of war against Germany in September and October of 1943 respectively, further wear of any Italian decorations or awards including the Italian/German African Campaign medal was prohibited.
The front side of the medal shows the Fileni arch (Arco dei Fileni), which was built by Mussolini on the border between the Libyan provinces of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica in 1937 and destroyed in 1970.