1. Notice Board & Highlighted New Areas

    1. 601
      • No posts here yet
  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

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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

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

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

  3. Germany:

    1. Deutsche Kaiserreich: Man spricht Denglish

      Deutsch sprechendes Forum. Während aller Zeiträume der deutschen Militärgeschichte.

    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.

    3. Germany: All Eras: The Iron Cross

      All Classes of Iron Cross awarded 1815 to 1945

    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.

    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

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

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

    7. Germany: Weimar Republic & Deutsche Freikorps

      Militaria & History of the Deutsches Reich 1919 to 1933

    8. 32,631
    9. Germany: Third Reich: Uniforms, Headwear, Insignia & Equipment

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

    10. 10,703
    11. Germany: Third Reich: Research, Documentation & Photographs

      Historical research, documenation and photographs

    12. Germany: Post 1945: Bundesrepublik & DDR

      West Germany BDR, East Germany DDR & Reunification Bundesrepublik

  4. Russia

    1. Russia: Imperial

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

    2. Russia: Soviet Orders, Medals & Decorations

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

    3. Russia: Soviet: Other Militaria

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

    4. Russian Federation

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

  5. European States

    1. 9,463
    2. 16,624
    3. 13,114
    4. Austro-Hungarian Empire

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

    5. France

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

    6. Spain

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

    7. Turkey

      For all posts relating to Turkish Militaria & History

  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

    2. China

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

    3. Republic of Cuba

      For all Militaria and Awards relating to the República de Cuba

    4. Middle East & Arab States

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

    5. People's Republic Mongolia

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

    6. Japan

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

    7. South East & East Asia

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

    8. South Asia

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

    9. United States of America

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

    10. Rest of the World: Militaria & History

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

  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.

    2. The Great War 1914 to 1918

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

    3. World War II 1939 to 1945

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

    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.

  8. Special Interest Section

    1. Document Archive Support

      Discussion links to articles and files uploaded

    2. 1,619
    3. Inter-Allied Victory Medals of the Great War

      Victory Medals of the allied countries of World War I

    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.

    5. Masonic Medals & Jewels

      For discussions relating to Masonic Medals & Jewels.

    6. Preservation & Restoration of Military Artifacts

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

    7. Coins & Commemorative Medallions

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

    8. Military Art

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

    9. Non Military Collectibles & Antiques

      What else do you collect?

    10. 7,927
  9. Members Area

    1. GMIC Competition Forum

      This section is for Competitions for Members Only

    2. Members Valuation and Identification Forum

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

    3. Books & Films

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

    4. Places to Visit

      Military Collectors Shows, Museums, Battlefields and Bunkers.

  • Posts

    • Decorations of the Republic of Serbia (2009)
      Order of Merits in Defense and Security 2nd class (Орден заслуга за одбрану и безбедност).
      Finally a decent photo, awarded on the occasion of the Day of the Serbian Armed Forces (April 23).
    • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia post 1990
      You're welcome, that was the first time I found a decent photo of that ribbon.
      Then couple of days later I saw an ad for this.
    • Best websites for information?
      Hi pjcampo, the Japanese Emperor uses two kinds of Imperial seals; the Dai Nippon Kokuji, which is the State seal and the Tenno Gyoji, which is his Privy seal. For instance award documents signed by the Emperor would carry the State seal (see picture of Emperor Hirohito's signature below the chrysanthemum mark and above the State seal on an award document). The Privy seal would for instance, be used by personal appointments, such as the appointment of a cabinet minister (enclosed a picture of the Privy seal above which Emperor Hirohito signed as Regent on behalf of his father, Emperor Taisho). A Japanese document, signed by the Emperor and the whole cabinet on 14 August 1945, is often seen in books on the Japanese surrender. However, this is not a Japanese copy of the Missouri document, but the Imperial rescript on the decision to surrender. I am sure there must be also a Japanese translation of the actual surrender document signed by foreign minister Shigemitsu, but I haven't seen one. Should add that this Imperial rescript has the Privy seal of the Emperor below his signature Japan had no bravery medal such as the Congressional Medal of Honor of Victoria Cross. Its highest military award was the order of the Golden Kite, which came in seven classes. Depending on one's rank a different class was awarded for brave or outstanding service during war. Hope this information is useful. regards Pieter  
    • Dr Long, Colonial Doctor and Dinosaur hunter
      Single British war medal "E.C. Long" French Red Cross (Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois). Colonial Doctor and Dinosaur hunter Edward Charles Long was the son of George Long.He married Hilda Charlotte Harrison, daughter of Edward Francis Harrison and Lilian Young Reily, on 20 July 1899. Edward died on 28 August 1940. He was Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) and Principal Medical Officer Basutoland
      He lived Kingston, Hampshire Edward C. Long, medical practitioner, followed various commercial pursuits until the age of 21, when he came to South Africa to relieve the symptoms of tuberculosis. After private study he matriculated through the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1882. Upon his return to England he studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital and, after winning two gold medals and several scholarships and prizes, qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS, England) and a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London (LRCP) in 1889. He returned to South Africa that same year to join the Basutoland Medical Service, of which he was the principal medical officer by 1896, stationed in Maseru. He remained in this post until at least 1906. On 15 April 1890 he was licensed to practise medicine in the Orange Free State, and on 8 July 1898 to practise in the Cape Colony. He was a member of the (second) South African Medical Association and from July 1896 or earlier to at least April 1897 edited the Notes section of the South African Medical Journal (second series). In 1899 he married Hilda C. Harrison, but they had no children.
      In 1904 Dr Long compiled notes on the geology of Lesotho. He was awarded a no bar Queens South Africa medal for his service in the Basutoland civil service during the South African War During the next year he presented dinosaurian remains to the South African Museum in Cape Town. That same year he became a member of the South African Philosophical Society, but remained a member for only a year or two. By 1906 he had also joined the Geological Society of South Africa, and by 1910 the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He was then still living in Maseru. In 1911 he visited the leper hospital at Sydenham [presumably the suburb of London]. During World War I (1914-1918) he served with the French Red Cross in France (1916), serving with the Hôpital Temporaire d'Arc-en-Barrois. Hôpital Temporaire d’Arc-en-Barrois was a voluntary civilian British hospital unit established in the Château d'Arc-en-Barrois, Haute-Marne, France, for the aid of wounded French soldiers in the Great War. Founded in January 1915 under approval of the Anglo-French Hospital Committee of the British Red Cross Society, London, the hospital of 110 beds was conducted under military command of the French army's Service de Santé. The hospital's first military casualties arrived on 27 January 1915 from the Argonne Forest battle front. In February 1915 the regional Service de Santé requested an expansion of hospital services and a convalescent hospital was established in the vacant village hospice building, bringing the total number of beds to 180. Located sixty miles or more to the rear of the war's entrenched front lines, Hôpital Temporaire supported the casualties from Verdun (1916) and the Meuse-Argonne Campaign (1918). 
      Throughout the war wounded soldiers arrived in Haute-Marne via hospital train through Latrecey-Ormoy-sur-Aube, a remote station located 11 miles from Arc-en-Barrois, and were transported to the château aboard Hôpital Temporaire's small motor ambulance fleet. Wounded and sick soldiers were attended in hospital by a staff of female trained nurses, a small contingent of surgeons and medical students and female auxiliary hospital staff provided by the British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.). Hôpital Temporaire's voluntary hospital personnel included a significant number of writers, poets, artists and illustrators. Kathleen Scott, the Rodin-trained sculptress and widow of the Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, organized and led the hospital's small auto ambulance service in early 1915. 
      Henry Tonks, painter, Slade Art School Professor and trained physician was among the hospital's founding staff. Tonks served between January and April 1915 as hospital anaesthetist and ward physician. John Masefield, Britain's future Poet Laureate, served a six week term as a volunteer orderly during the spring of 1915. The English poet Laurence Binyon, volunteered as a hospital orderly during 1915 and 1916. His ward experiences among wounded French soldiers inspired his poems, "Fetching the Wounded", "The Distant Guns", "Men of Verdun", and "La Patrie". That same year Dr Long published a paper on "An analysis of 300 consecutive laparotomies at Maseru" in the South African Medical Record (Vol. 14, pp. 132-135). In 1921 he was honoured by the British government as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). He retired in 1922 after 32 years service
  • Blog Entries