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Great loss...

Posted by TacHel , 24 February 2013 · 462 views

Lost my step father of 40+ years this morning following a battle with cancer.  He'll be terribly missed...


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Taking care of my wife...

Posted by TacHel , 19 February 2012 · 733 views

Hello all,

Sorry for my sporadic drop ins of the past few weeks. My wife took a nose dive 2 weeks ago and fractured her femur requiring emergency surgery and insertion of multiple stainless steel screws. I've spent the last 14 days in hospital whenever not at work. She's at home now but requires rest for the next 6 weeks prior to reevaluation of...


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My scanner just fried...

Posted by TacHel , 06 January 2012 · 588 views

I could just sh*t... :angry: Right in the middle of a research project... :mad:

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -Screen goes weird- CLICK * SNAP -whisp of smoke- -burning smell- -scanner goes bye bye-...

:banger: :violent: :hitler:

Guess this is as good enough of an excuse as I'll ever have to see if those "Epsonites" were truthful!...


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I must've been a very very good boy this year!?!

Posted by TacHel , 21 December 2011 · 512 views

XMas shopping is easy between the wife and I... We set a budget then she buys what she wants for herself and I buy what I want for myself, we thank each other and are never dissapointed with our gifts! Works like a charm! :love:

This year, (like previous years :rolleyes:), I decided to blow my entire budget on more Russian medals, especially on a...


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Shipping costs... Highway robbery!

Posted by TacHel , 13 December 2011 · 355 views

I found this great dealer of Belgian Orders and medals... He has some items I really want but charges a fortune to ship overseas stating the Belgian postal system is untrustworthy for such international parcels...

BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angry: :banger:

He wants 125 EURO to send me 80 EURO's worth of...


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Addicted to medals...

Posted by TacHel , 23 September 2011 · 395 views

I did it again... SIGH... :blush:

Bought over a dozen Russian medals... Then bought 1/2 a dozen Belgian medals (and Orders)... Then bought 1/2 a dozen German medals... All within a 48 hour period...

I MUST learn to control myself. :banger:

Seems items I am missing (needing :love: ) all suddenly and simultaneously appear! The wife will...


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Open question to the GMIC membership - Russian Federation ODMs

Posted by TacHel , 05 September 2011 · 200 views

One particular question has been nagging at me for years now, I would really appreciate input from as many of you as possible. Please answer honestly without fear of insult (because it's my particular field of interest).

I am a member of multiple militaria and phaleristics forums worldwide, one common point among all of these is the apparent lack of...


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Major surprise! Major disappointment! Ongoing frustration!

Posted by TacHel , 05 September 2011 · 204 views

The Soviet Union is gone, it's been gone for 20 years now. The Russian Federation's ODM system was quickly reworked, minor changes here and there have improved it over the years, then in 2010 came the major amendment that completely severed all ties to the old Soviet ODMs.

I started looking into modern Russian awards just over 5 years ago and was...


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Medal for Participation in Suppressing the Fires of 2010

Posted by TacHel , 04 September 2011 · 172 views
EMERCOM fire 2010
I am still searching for the Ministerial Order establishing this medal of EMERCOM.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!



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Jubilee medal 200 years of Professional Fire Protection in Moscow

Posted by TacHel , 04 September 2011 · 173 views
EMERCOM fire Moscow
I've only recently positively identified this medal as an official EMERCOM award when I found Ministerial Order 620 of December 6, 2010 amending its award criteria.

I still haven't found the original ministerial order establishing it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
[attachment=225243:200 years of Professional...






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