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  2. I think the price says enough. I consider only Soviet and IKOM type made out of gold authentic.
  3. Greetings and welcome to GMIC, Fourth medal in the first row is Medal for Bravery Miloš Obilić, the branch on the ribbon means that he was double recipient. First medal in the second row is Polish Order of Polonia Restituta 4th class.
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  5. What a wonderful thread. I'll echo the call of others by saying you should write a book. Its rare to see actual artifacts that can be attributed to the Resistance against Hitler. Recently I was able to acquire a Soldbuch that belonged to a conspirator Urban Thiersch. While he did join the plot late in the game he was able to associate with some of the key players in the assassination attempt, including Colonel Stauffenberg himself. LT. Thiersch did survive and was a successful sculpture. He is mentioned in many of the key works on the July 20th plot. Even though he survived he seemed to have avoided publicity after the war. I only found one postwar picture of him. He was interrogated/interviewed shortly after the war, but so far finding a copy of the transcripts has alluded me. Anyway having an artifact in my collection that was actually carried by someone who actually met with Stauffenberg and von Haeften, was something I never dreamed of. Urban Thiersch and the July 20, 1944 Plot: Urban Thiersch did not become an active member of the resistance until 1944. The circumstances that resulted in him joining the resistance were tied to another conspirator Colonel Georg Alexander Hansen (July 5, 1904 to September 8, 1944). “Colonel Georg Alexander Hansen joined the military in 1924. In 1935, Colonel Hansen met the head of the General Staff Ludwig Beck and Colonel Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg at the War Academy in Berlin-Moabit. In 1937 he was transferred to the Department of Counterintelligence and Foreign Intelligence (Department of Foreign Armies East) of the Reich War Ministry, headed by Konteradmiral Canaris. In 1939, this office was named the Abwehr. From 1943 onward; Hansen used his position within the Abwehr to support the resistance. Colonel Hansen became opposed to Hitler’s regime in 1938 and was one of most important participants of the resistance, alongside Generalmajor Henning von Tresckow and Colonel Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg. In 1944 he participated in most of the important meetings to overthrow Hitler. He organized transportation and security for his fellow conspirators. His house in Ransdorf often served as a meeting place. In the event the plot to overthrow Hitler succeeded Hansen would play a prominent role in the new regime. After Canaris, resigned in February 1944, plans to reorganize the Abwehr were set into motion. Two months later, in May 1944, Colonel Hansen and most of his staff were transferred to the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA), where he served as the deputy under his immediate superior, SS General Schellenberg. This change in leadership left Colonel Hansen surrounded by people he could not trust. This situation was a problem for Claus Stauffenberg, since he needed a reliable officer within the intelligence apparatus. Stauffenberg asked Rudolph Fahrner if he could recommend someone to act as a liaison between himself and Col. Hanson. Rudolph Fahrner gave him Urban Thiersch’s name. At the end of June 1944 Stauffenberg ordered Thiersch by telegram to Berlin. Urban Thiersch met with Stauffenberg on the 1st of July. Stauffenberg greeted him by saying ‘Let us come straight to the point: I am engaged in high treason with all the means available to me.’ Thiersch's function within the circle of the conspirators was to act as a liaison between Stauffenberg and Georg Hansen. He was assigned to Colonel Hansen as an ordnance officer, in order to carry out this function. Thiersch would meet with 1st Lieutenant Werner Karl von Haeften (Oct. 9, 1908 - July 20/21, 1944), Stauffenberg’s adjutant on 8 July, 1944. Thiersch also briefly met with Stauffenberg on the same day. According to Urban Thiersch's adopted son Paul Thiersch, his father was to serve as a persona ladjutant to Stauffenberg in the days prior to the assassination attempt. After the plot failed LT. Thiersch was able to go into hiding until the end of the war. I have posted more information as well as a page by page look at the Soldbuch on the WAF. http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=925492 Thank you for your time: If I can figure this out I will attach a picture of the Soldbuch and how I'm displaying it. Warm regards Jim
  6. Hi Gents, i'm new here and I need some help. Did someone recognize 4th medals in first row, and 1st in second? This belong to Stanislav Krakov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Krakov https://sr.wikipedia.org/sr/Станислав_Краков
  7. I do like your sword, it may have some condition issues yet it is complete. Very well worth a place in your collection, well done. Thanks for showing it to us. Regards Brian
  8. This time the unknown Officer is a Rittmeister. Anybody could help?
  9. 3.Czechoslovak Military Medal for Merit It was instituted 20.4.1943 for the military persons for their merit but not in the fight in the face of the enemy.Simply,it was necessary to honour the airmechanics,nurses...,because they could not be awarded with the Medal for Bravery or the War Cross 1939.Of course, with this medal could be honoured also pilots and all subjects of the Army. The medal existed in 2 grades to the end of the 1940 ies..Diameter od the medal 33mm.Dimensions of the etue 5 x 11cm.There were many producers of the medal.First the medal was produced in London,Spink & Son Ltd.I do not have the version of this medal in my collection,so I cannot show it. But I have the medal of the 1 st grade in silver 800.I am sure it is a rare version,determined for high officers?I can show the certificate only for the 2nd grade.I am not the owner of the 1st one. In the obverse we can see the heads of 3 soldiers in helmets and the inscription Za zásluhy-For Merit and the abr Č.S.R. In the reverse is the limb branch in the rays of the sun. next photos
  10. Czechoslovakia-Order of Falcon

    Next photos of the another Order of Falcon.I hope somebody will like and will want to have it.
  11. The French Order of Agricultural Merit on a military uniform? Yes, I have a portrait of a British Major, also wearing this decoration. Presumably, a Reservist.
  12. Thanks I also think the first ribbon is the Star of Ethiopia. The first ribbonl I do not think it could be the order of thousand Hills. Iff I'm not wrong, the Order was instituted some time between 1982 and 1985) and this ribbon is on a uniforme that dates between 1939 ans 1953. But there also medals from the WW I. So It can be offered at this offer before 1939. The second France, Order of Agricultural Merit, Commander on a military uniform off a pilot ? Is this possible ?
  13. Honored Railwayworker Badge

    Very nice set! I think 'special agent' would be the best translation of оперуполномоченный in this case.
  14. My suggestion, 1st Ribbon: Rwanda, Order of the Thousand Hills, Commander 2nd Ribbon: France, Order of Agricultural Merit, Commander Best regards Karhu
  15. Order of Carlos III

    37.5 mm, 16.6 gr , private french issue ?
  16. French Maker's Marks / Hallmarks / Guarantee Stamps

    help me please with identefication of french hallmarks on the montenegrin medal .
  17. Many thanks for sharing this addition to your POW collection. I am pleased that you are still interested. Regards Brett
  18. Looking for ideas on what appears to be a French badge.

    Thank you for this. I fear that we may never find the exact reference because as you say, there were so many badges from that era. Regardless, I think it is a fine pin, and am happy to have it in hand.
  19. Looking for ideas on what appears to be a French badge.

    This is just a WAG, but I would go with 100% navy. The Anchor is often used for Colonial troops, but there is nothing that suggests an infantry or ground troops connection. The Trident makes it look even more navy like. Unfortunately there is no unit designation, but the French do not only have Regimental badges or official ones. There are also local ones, commemorative ones, etc. etc....
  20. A small one.. It´s called "Gummiwaren" without a "d" in the middle.
  21. There's one on ebay.de: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Pour-le-Merite-mit-Band-im-Etui-goldenes-Eichenlaub-727-/172813398728?hash=item283c7b32c8:g:dB4AAOSw3ntZirfM My new PLM box is like you show with thew same color of blue backing. either way a copy. My 2 cents. Or here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/142008029790?rmvSB=true
  22. Austrian ww1 bar ? Correct ?

    Hi gents Imagine the difference if ALL Ww1 medals were named... tony
  23. Photos and Feldposte

    Hi Gents five related the fronts are 'tame' and I can't read the backs but... its the dates that I noticed and the handwriting on the final card...... hope you like tony
  24. Hi Gents This has seen better days yet still fit for purpose I would say. its been to America and back.... mine now. my recollection is it was made in Vienna. And I'm adding in 1913 at a guess. Hope you like it tony
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