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  1. Notice Board & Highlighted New Areas

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  2. Great Britain & Commonwealth Realms

    1. Great Britain: Orders, Gallantry, Campaign Medals

      For Discussions on all aspects of British Civic Orders, Gallantry Awards, Military Campaign Medals, Long Service and Jubilee Medals (not specifically covered in Colonial or Commonwealth Sections) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

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    2. Great Britain: Militaria: Badges, Uniforms & Equipment

      For Discussions relating to all aspects of British Militaria including: Swords, Firearms, Badges, Insignia, Uniforms, Headgear, & Equipment.

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    3. Great Britain: Research, Documentation & History

      For topics relating to researched medal groups, research of British/Colonial servicemen & women or items of historical military interest.

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    4. Great Britain: Mervyn Mitton's British & Colonial Police Forces

      Forum dedicated to the memory of Mervyn Mitton relating to the history of the British Police & Fire Services. It includes the many Colonial Police Forces of the Empire & Commonwealth.

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    5. Great Britain: Empire: Colonial Including South Africa & India: Awards, Militaria & History

      Medals, Awards, Badges, Research, Militaria and History of the Empire to include wars & campaigns in colonies that were part of the British Empire such as South Africa India & Hong Kong

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    6. Commonwealth Realms: Canada, New Zealand & Australia Medals & Militaria

      For discussions relating to Medals, Awards, Uniform, Equipment & History of Canada, New Zealand & Australia

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  3. Germany:

    1. Deutsche Kaiserreich: Man spricht Denglish

      Deutsch sprechendes Forum. Während aller Zeiträume der deutschen Militärgeschichte.

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    2. Germany: All Eras: Signature Database

      Post images of signatures that you own so we can start a comprehensive database of German official signatures from all eras.

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    3. Germany: All Eras: The Iron Cross

      All Classes of Iron Cross awarded 1815 to 1945

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    4. Germany: Imperial: The Orders, Decorations and Medals of The Imperial German States

      This section if for comprehensive discussion on the Awards and Decorations of the Imperial German States.

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    5. Germany: Imperial: Rick (Research) Lundstrom Forum for Documentation and Photographs

      Forum established in memory of Rick (Research) Lundstrom 1956-2013 : Imperial German historical research, documentation and photographs

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    6. Germany: Imperial Uniforms, Headwear, Insignia & Personal Equipment

      Uniforms, Helmets, Headwear, Insignia, Weapons, & Personal Equipment.

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    7. Germany: Weimar Republic & Deutsche Freikorps

      Militaria & History of the Deutsches Reich 1919 to 1933

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    9. Germany: Third Reich: Uniforms, Headwear, Insignia & Equipment

      Third Reich Uniforms, Helmets, Headwear, Insignia, Weapons, Belt Buckles & Personal Equipment.

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    11. Germany: Third Reich: Research, Documentation & Photographs

      Historical research, documenation and photographs

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    12. Germany: Post 1945: Bundesrepublik & DDR

      West Germany BDR, East Germany DDR & Reunification Bundesrepublik

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  4. Russia

    1. Russia: Imperial

      For all Militaria, Medals & Decorations relating to the Imperial Russian Court

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    2. Russia: Soviet Orders, Medals & Decorations

      For all Orders, Medals & Decorations relating to the United Soviet Socialist Republic Союз Советских Социалистических Республик (CCCP)

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    3. Russia: Soviet: Other Militaria

      For all Militaria, Uniforms, Headgear & Equipment relating to the Soviet Union.

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    4. Russian Federation

      For all Militaria, Medals & Decorations relating to the Russian Federation

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  5. European States

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    4. Austro-Hungarian Empire

      For all Militaria, Orders, Medals & Decorations relating to Austria-Hungary 1867 to 1918

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    5. France

      For discussions on the Awards & Militaria of the French Empires, Republics and Colonies

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    6. Spain

      For all Militaria, Orders, Medals & Decorations relating to Spain including the Spanish Civil War.

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    7. Turkey

      For all posts relating to Turkish Militaria & History

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  6. Rest of the World: Medals & Militaria

    1. Africa

      Awards and Medals of the African Nations. Medals directly relating to Colonial Powers should be posted in the relevant country i.e. Great Britain or France etc

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    2. China

      Medals and Militaria of Imperial, Nationalist and Communist Peoples Republic of China

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    3. Republic of Cuba

      For all Militaria and Awards relating to the República de Cuba

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    4. Middle East & Arab States

      For all Awards & Militaria relating to the Middle East & Arab States

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    5. People's Republic Mongolia

      For all Militaria and Awards relating to the Бугд Найрамдах Монгол Ард Улс (Mongolian People's Republic).

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    6. Japan

      For discussions relating to Militaria, Orders, Medals Decorations of Japan

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    7. South East & East Asia

      For discussions on the Militaria, Awards & Decorations of Vietnam, Korea & other South East Asian Countries.

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    8. South Asia

      For all Awards & Militaria relating to South Asian Republics including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar/Burma, India & Pakistan.

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    9. United States of America

      For discussions relating to Militaria, Orders, Medals Decorations and Military History of the United States of America.

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    10. Rest of the World: Militaria & History

      Discusions on Militaria from around the world, not already covered in main categories.

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  7. Military History by Period

    1. Napoleonic Wars

      For discussion on all aspects of the period between 1750-1815 including the Seven Years War, American War of Independence, Napoleonic Wars and War of 1812.

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    2. The Great War 1914 to 1918

      For discussions relating to the military history of The Great War.

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    3. World War II 1939 to 1945

      For discussions relating to the history of The Second World War.

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    4. Modern Campaigns and Conflicts

      For discussions relating to Post WWII Conflict and War. Including Korea, Vietnam, Malaya, Oman, The Balkans and Northern Ireland. It includes current ongoing Conflicts and War Zones. i.e. Iraq & Afghanastan.

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  8. Special Interest Section

    1. Document Archive Support

      Discussion links to articles and files uploaded

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    3. Inter-Allied Victory Medals of the Great War

      Victory Medals of the allied countries of World War I

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    4. Fascism In Europe 1919 to 1945: Badges, Uniforms & Regalia

      For apolitical discussion relating to the badges uniforms and regalia of the various Fascist Parties and Organisations that existed during the first half of the 20th Century. It includes Italy, Spain and National Socialist Parties operating in German Occupied Territories.

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    5. Masonic Medals & Jewels

      For discussions relating to Masonic Medals & Jewels.

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    6. Preservation & Restoration of Military Artifacts

      Need to know the correct way to preserve or restore items in your collection. Look no further.

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    7. Coins & Commemorative Medallions

      This section is for the subject of MILITARY related coins and medallions.

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    8. Military Art

      Discussions for the artistic amongst us. Covers paintings, drawing, photography and modelling.

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    9. Non Military Collectibles & Antiques

      What else do you collect?

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  9. Members Area

    1. GMIC Competition Forum

      This section is for Competitions for Members Only

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    2. Members Valuation and Identification Forum

      Require a peer evaluation? Also post your unidentified medals and militaria here.

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    3. Books & Films

      Read a good book, seen a good film? Review and recommend books & films.

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    4. Places to Visit

      Military Collectors Shows, Museums, Battlefields and Bunkers.

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  • Posts

    • Iron Cross Handel-U Boot Deutschland
      Hello Dwight, Welcome to the forum! Great to see you here! Dan: Any chance you have a photo you could post of the cigar case? Thanks.   Luke
    • Kriegsmarine badges in wear.
      And one more with the BB award.   Cheers,Martin.
    • Authentication historical research certificate?
      Can't comment on the authenticity but the award is to the major general commanding the 350th Rifle Division for the crossings of the Western Bug, San and Visla Rivers in July 1944. He also received three Orders of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Suvorov, 2nd Class, two Orders of Patriotic War, 1st Class and some foreign medals.
    • Kriegsmarine badges in wear.
      One more with the BB and MS awards in wear.  
    • Iron Cross Handel-U Boot Deutschland
      I am a new arrival on this forum but this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am the author of two books on the U-Deutschland; The Merchant U-Boat (Naval Institute Press, 1988) and The Baltimore Sabotage Cell: German Agents, American Traitors, and the U-Boat Deutschland During World War I (Naval Institute Press 2015). I was hoping to find a slot here to discuss the entire Commercial U-Boat project (1915-1917) and collecting the many artifacts, coins, and awards it produced. But it looks like I am a bit of a square peg in a round hole. But while I am here I will take the opportunity to answer this ten-year-old question in some detail. While the U-Deutschland was in Baltimore in July 1916, Captain Paul König donated 2,000 tons of the boat’s cast iron ballast to the Baltimore chapter of the Verein für Deutschtum im Ausland (VDA), a German cultural organization that was headquartered in Berlin. The VDA commissioned the Baltimore sculptor, Hans Schuler, Sr., (1884-1951) to design several souvenirs to be made from the boat’s cast iron ballast, and then gave the ballast to the Prisoners of War Relief Committee, a New York City-based charity, to find manufacturers and handle the sales of souvenirs. The first souvenirs made were these large Iron Crosses that the Baltimore iron works, G. Krug and Son, cast in late 1916. The 1.25-inch brass-plated-white-metal medallion that is embedded in the center on each side is not made from the boat's metal, only the cross is. Several hundred of these iron crosses were sold along the United States Eastern Seaboard until April 1917. When the United States declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917, the Prisoners of War Relief Committee returned the remaining U-Deutschland Crosses to the VDA in Baltimore for safekeeping.  Fearing that the United States Government would seize the crosses, the VDA hid the remaining crosses until the end of the war. In 1932, Paul König acquired the entire remaining stock of these Iron Crosses from the VDA during a speaking tour on the East Coast. He took them back to Germany, and donated them to the VDA Chapter in Bremen.  As late as WWII, the Bremen VDA chapter awarded the crosses to its members for loyal service. Dwight
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