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  1. Bringing History to life...

    Alex That last set of photos is quite chilling as it humanises them. The most infamous and brutally murderous men of the 20th Century having an informal gathering.
  2. I know there is SO much historically wrong with this series, but I still think its great entertainment. Anyone else been watching the second series ?
  3. The 2013 Photography Competition is starting. Entries can be submitted from today. The categories have changed from last year to allow for greater flexibility. This is a competition with some great prizes. Show imagination composition and, most importantly look for the different angle or approach to the subject. Where the entry calls for a brief description to accompany the photo make it brief and concise. Categories Category 1 From your personal collections: For this year we are allowing non-militaria subjects matter but use our GMIC non-militaria forum as a guide to suitable subject matter. Keep to just your militaria collections if you wish. Category 2 Honour the past: Monuments, graves, memorials to past individual military. This will also cover past wars and skirmishes. We feel that this will combine well with visits to battlefields. An ideal combination of the battle areas and the memorials. Category 3 Medals and Awards. From your own collection or, ones you have seen on trips or, in museums. Some background information is required on each. A lovely open subject so, use your imagination. Category 4 Any subject of your choice. military, non-military, homes, families, landmarks, views. Opens : Midnight (GMT +1 UK time) Tuesday 1st October 2013 Closes: Midnight (GMT UK time) Thursday 31st October 2013 Conditions of Entry The competition is open to all GMIC members and their immediate family. Enter under the member’s name. All entries should be original and copyright owned by the person entering them. By entering this competition you give to GMIC the licensed right to use your image unconditionally, including editing of the image as it sees fit. The member still retains full ownership of copyright. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit in each category. However, use your discretion, as flooding categories with multiple entries is unlikely to be viewed favourably Entries must be with-in the category limits as shown No inappropriate images, if in doubt then don't post it ! Judging panel will be Peter Monahan (chair), Megan, Claudius and Spasm (Steve).
  4. Alan I will add this to Rick's device database as it deserves a mention.
  5. I would be happy to format it for you within the articles section, you could do a separate article for each display item as you have done on the display. You could also post it as a PDF within this topic. I used to regularly go to the OMRS but haven't been for a few years now.
  6. In Memoriam: Rick Lundström

    No doubt many of you are aware of the tragic news that Rick (Research) Lundström who only recently was able to rejoin us at GMIC, was killed yesterday,17th September 2013 in a road traffic collision. Rick had been a member of GMIC since 2005 and proudly passed his 20,000 post mark only last week. It is too early to pay him full honours at a time when many of us are in shock at this tragic news and are mourning the loss of a friend, who is simply irreplaceable in the world of military research and collecting. But I assure you that Rick who has played such a significant part at GMIC will be properly remembered so that his name lives on for future collectors. I only had the pleasure of meeting Rick once on one fine day in the fall of 2007, when I visited his home and spent an afternoon whiling away the hours talking about military history and viewing the artefacts in his modest and well cherished collection. I made a friend for life that day and although our friendship was internet and letter based in the years that followed, like many of you I mourn the loss of our friend and online companion. My thoughts at this time are with his elderly mother, family and close friends.
  7. Atilla Jones mentioned in another thread the book The Iron Time by Stephen Previtera as being a valuable source of reference for the Iron Cross Series of Medals. I have to agree it is an excellent publication, very nicely made with some excellent photographs, reference books do not come much better than this. However just on a cautionary note there are a couple of things that are wrong with the book. First the price is very high which seems to be a problem with all such specialised refrence publications, but in my opinion this is worth the expenditure. More importantly there are a few problems hidden inside the book, which is a shame, but due to the fact the writer is more a historian than a collector, seems an inevitable end result. The Knights Cross on page 287 & 310 with an alleged bullet hole is a fake/reproduction. The EK1 Spange on page266 is a well known fake. The top EK1 on page 249 is a well known Floch fake. The EK2 spange marked L/4 on page 246 is a fake. The wound badge on page 262 is fake and the Ek1 is questionable certainly the engraving being fake. That being said it is still worth the money ! Another good reference book for the 1939 Iron Cross series in Gordon Williamson's book by Bender Publications.

    Antonio do you have an English speaking version of this file ?
  9. I have usually found copy Golden jubilees to be over defined especially the ermin collar of her robes which stand out and feel noticeable if you rub your finger over them.
  10. A new mid year competition is now up and running. There are some really great prizes for the winning entries including the prizes shown. For further details on how to enter the competition go here
  11. I think the easiest thing to do here is to start a helmet database with pictures supported by a topic. I will set one up.
  12. Another fascinating group. Is there much information, if any released on the service records of Palestine Police officers or is it still out of the public domain ?
  13. Peter Fantastic collection of Palestine Police Medals, what were his actions for the gallantry award and clasp?
  14. The men's bodies were repatriated in the mid seventies and given a state Israeli military funeral and regarded as heroic freedom fighters. Britain lodged formal objection but this was unsurprisingly disregarded. As is often the case in history, particularly British history, one sides murderers and terrorists are later regarded as freedom fighters and heros in the struggle for independence from the yoke of British Imperialism. Palenstine was a poisoned chalace for the British, a mandate given to administer a region which was and still is in conflict. These are really a great and historically significant set of medals, one of the best Colonial groups I have seen. Thanks for showing them.
  15. Also don't forget Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police. Police officer Sean Collier was also tragically murdered by them.
  16. Discipline and enforcement, French Foreign Legion

    Bernard fascinating account thanks, looking forward to some more !
  17. A long time bone of contention at GMIC has been image upload restrictions. However I am pleased to announce that from today I have introduced a new standard across all membership levels. Basically (dependent on the speed of your internet connection) all membership levels (apart from Basic members) will be able to upload images up to approx 8 to 10MB in size which is massive ! Basic members will be restricted to 2MB which is still a pretty impressive size. Images will be automatically resized, but it should not impact on the quality of the image too dramatically. This in essence means that for most members that they will no longer have to resize or play with images before uploading as the software does it for you, saving you time and hassle. This may still need some minor tweaking so any problems please report it. I will run this for a few months as a trial to ensure it is not impacting negatively on resources and then review it.... Enjoy....
  18. Best of the bunch: http://www.london-medals.co.uk
  19. I would suggest you find a copy of his obituary try The Times.
  20. Iron Cross Help !

    Marco Perhaps you would like to give us some details of your grandfather, any photos or award documents perhaps ?
  21. Great loss...

    I agree my sincere condolences from all of us at GMIC.
  22. Iron Cross Help !

    I have sent you a PM with regards reposting this in the appropriate forum. Are you looking at starting to collect Iron crosses or are you looking at replacing awards which your grandfather was entitled to ?
  23. Interesting article. But quite frankly there are many examples in both world wars where men should have received some recognition for their acts of bravery and never did for various reasons. Of course it easy to look at things from a different perspective in modern times and I have no doubt the fact he was black would have made some difference, as would have been the case if he didn't come from the right school or right background. But we should not assume that the colour of his skin was the only reason. I have read of acts which were beyond the pale in terms of courage which never were considered for the highest awards because of criteria not being met. What it does show is that in even in another age, steeped in Colonialism and prejudice, where a black officer would have been an unheard of thing. When men are thrown together in the most difficult of circumstances, colour of skin and background, goes bye the bye, especially when they are a good soldier and respected by their men.