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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

    • Post your Imperial German Dog Tags
      OK, here is a scare one, albeit it in crappy condition... Bavarian Schneeschuh ersatz abteiling....
    • Some East German Headdress, Uniforms and Insignia
      Gentlemen, Not LKS/LV related but still worn by those that fly.  A visor cap from the helicopter unit of the Border Guards.  All metal insignia. Perhaps time for some BG stuff? Regards, Gordon  
    • The Peasants Mutual Aid Association (German: Vereinigung der gegenseitigen Bauernhilfe, VdgB)
      Gentlemen,

      Some new pieces for my collection. The first issue Ehrennadel for the VdgB and a cased metal non portable medal celebrating 40 years of the VdgB.
      The Ehrennadel is Bartel #4667 a) that has the text in small letters. Bartell does not indicate any date for the institution of this Ehrennadel although the organization traces its roots back to 1945/46. #4667 b) is identical in design but has larger text and was discontinued in 1960. #4667 c is different in design and has the state seal in the centre and the VdgB emblem at the bottom of the badge. There were d, e, and f pins that had slight variations not worth mentioning. Peasants Mutual Aid Association

      The Peasants Mutual Aid Association (German: Vereinigung der gegenseitigen Bauernhilfe, VdgB) was an East German mass organization for peasants and farmers (later also gardeners.) It was founded in the 1945-1946 period and was a participant in the National Front. From 1950 to 1963 and again in 1986 it had representation in the Volkskammer.
      In 1989 a GDR publication put the membership of the VdgB at 632,000 persons. During the Peaceful Revolution the VdgB suffered due to its extensive connections with the ruling Socialist Unity Party. In February 1990 it changed its name to the Farmers Association of the GDR, but was unable to make the transition from East German society to that of a reunified Germany.

      Peasants Mutual Aid Association

      Flag of VdgB
      The Peasants Mutual Aid Association ( VdgB ) was a mass organization of rural population in the German Democratic Republic , which like all the mass organizations was dominated and led by the SED. Before the peaceful revolution in the GDR , the Association was organized in 8000 local groups with 640,000 members. Joining happened less voluntarily but because you were promised social or economic benefits by doing so. During the Peaceful Revolution the VdgB suffered due to its extensive connections with the ruling Socialist Unity Party. In February 1990 it changed its name to the Farmers Association of the GDR, but was unable to make the transition from East German society to that of a reunified Germany.

      It was formed in the fall of 1945 as commissions for land reform and committees of mutual farmer assistance On the First German Farmers' Day in Berlin (East) in November 1947 the Central Peasants Mutual Aid Association ( "ZVdgB") was established. This organization combined, under pressure from the party, in November 1950 with the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Germany for Peasants Mutual Aid Association / Peasant trading cooperatives and became the (VdgB / BHG) as a joint unit. The SED wanted the VdgB to dominate the Rural Cooperatives. The disempowerment of former Raiffeisengenossenschaften in the villages was the prelude to the collectivization of farms. The highest organs of Peasants Mutual Aid Association met on "German Farmers' Day", later there were "central delegates conferences". The aim of the organization was initially the land reform to support and later the building of socialist agriculture. From that beginning in 1952, the collectivization of East German agriculture - formation of agricultural production cooperatives (LPG) - operated by the SED and modelled after the "Leninist cooperative plan" began. The VdgB / BHG had the incumbent functions on the issue of seed, fertilizers and animal feed and in the control of agricultural products.
      A press organ appeared in 1946, the weekly newspaper The Free Farm , and from 1985 it became VdgB Gazette - Our village . In 1957, by Order of the V. German Farmers' Day, the organizations name was shortened to "Peasants Mutual Aid Association" ("VdgB"). 
      It consisted of the local organizations of VdgB whose work of area boards, county boards and the Central Board of VdgB it guided and controlled. The district boards and the Central Board of VdgB were also the economic conducting and "balanceing" -organs and Auditing Association of Cooperatives of VdgB, especially the Bäuerlichen trade cooperatives (BHG) (1989: 272 legally independent businesses with 26,000 employees), the two wine cooperatives in the GDR Freyburg and Meissen and the 86 dairy cooperatives (for this only audit services), which were in turn means the local organizations VdgB. The VdgB was a member of the National Front of the GDR and was in municipal councils, and from 1950 to 1963 and from 1986 to 1990 in the People's Chamber represented.
      Since the seventies their tasks increased to cover other areas- besides substantive technical supply of agricultural enterprises - to improve the working and living conditions in the villages, the maintenance of rural traditions, culture and sports as well as for recreational activities of cooperative farmers ( "Self Service" - including "VdgB-Erholungsheim Ringberghaus " in Suhl with over 180,000 travelers since opening in 1979, "guest and holiday home of VdgB" in Ziegenrück ). The GDR international relations supported the VdgB with the exchange of farmers' delegations and the qualifications of officials of other countries at the Agricultural Engineering School of VdgB "Friedrich Wehmer" in Teutschenthal . A special area in the Central Board of VdgB strove for relations with the Federal Republic of Germany, especially the German Farmers' Association (DBV). This work financed for VdgB from profit transfers from VdgB cooperatives, especially the BHG.
      Much work was done to maintain the VdgB as a separate farmers organization in the late 80s and especially as union with West Germany loomed in 1990. Some local organizations remained in effect in the early 1990s but eventually farmers from the former East German states had to join West German farmers organizations if they wished to have their rights represented by a larger unified farmers organization.  
    • Romania, Honour Cross of the Order of Merit - QUERY
      Have a nice holiday!   Here is one of King Carol II during the 1937 state visit to Poland (from a Polish archive).
    • Kingdom of Egypt (1922-1953)
      And a few others from the Zaki book: Coast Guard Cavalry. Border Guards. Army organization/administration. Communications/signals. Maintenance.
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