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  1. I am looking at trying to collate any pictures of insignia relating to the various Freikorps that existed in Germany post WW1. Can anyone help please ?
  2. In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    I am sad to announce that Mervyn Mitton who has been Senior Moderator and friend to many of us on GMIC for several years passed away on Wednesday. He had been ill for many years, but he never let this get in the way of his passion for Militaria and Police Collectables. His knowledge of British Police history and collectables was immense and his death is a tragic loss to GMIC and the wider collecting world. Mervyn was always very proactive on GMIC and a real driving force behind the scenes amongst the staff. I will miss his old world charm, warmth, generosity and guidance. Yes he could be slighlty cantankerous at times, but that was part of his makeup, an old school English Gentleman a dying breed that are irreplaceable. I will miss him.
  3. My May 1929 bible of Scotland Yard identifies 'A' Department was for Administration. A3 covered Promotions & Transfers, Pay Rates, Ceremonials, Special Duties, Medical & Sick, Police Orders. Previously called the Executive Branch A3 was mainly clerical duties, but also included Constables attached to Scotland Yard for special purpose such as motor drivers, and wireless operators. It also included the telegraph office.
  4. new member here- hello!

    Welcome to the forum
  5. One area of tinnies I collect are FlugTag tinnies. Here is one to kick things off.
  6. Unable to post in sales section

    What error message is coming up ? Ensure prices are added for all currency fields.
  7. Sales have to be be advertised in the following currency types: GBP £ US $ EUR € As this is an international forum you need to fill out all three currency boxes using the exchange rate you will accept. If you only accept one of the currency types as payement you still need to fill out all the currency boxes but stipulate clearly within the sale text which currencies you accept for payment. The seller needs to establish exchange rates acceptable to them if selling in more than one currency and give a sale price for each currency advertised.
  8. What Currency Can I advertise in.

    Simon I have checked the issue you need to advertise in all three currencies but you can stipulate within the sale which payments you accept. You need to work out the currency price yourself based on current exchange rate. You can no longer just put ) for currencies you do not accept. My hands are tied with this as the software currently does not currently allow me to change it. i will update the FAQ
  9. What Currency Can I advertise in.

    I will look into it.
  10. As part of the ongoing projects being considered here at GMIC I would like to start to create a tinnie database. Tinnies are still a relatively cheap collecting item and are something which I have been steadily collecting over the years. However as we all realise there are thousands of variants and cataloguing or collecting them all is next to an impossible task. Tieste has probably come as close as anyone has been able to creating a comprehensive catalogue but I have at times found even his great work lacking. To that end I will lay down a challenge and ask that within this thread we start posting pictures and information on tinnies. Please post here with the understanding that at some point in the near future I will start to collate the information and photos and put it into a catalogue format that will be available to all members. Sorry to those of you that have already posted in another thread but as this is for a project I thought it best to highlight requirements first. All tinnies, day badges, WHW, Police & Wehrmacht Badges etc are welcome. Are you up to the challenge..........
  11. Unable to post in sales section

    Ok this is now sorted.
  12. What Currency Can I advertise in.

    This will be reflected in the advert if you click on the Euro currency sign. Default setting is GB £ so it will show up as No value Specified until the Euro currency is clicked on.
  13. Rules for Sale

    What are the rules for sale? Items Permitted for Sale: All collectibles, medals, orders, documentation, photographs, uniform, equipment and reference material associated with Military Collecting is acceptable for Sale. Stolen goods, firearms (including deactivated), ammunition, explosives, racist propaganda literature (i.e. Der Stürmer), hate organisation and neo nazi memorabilia (i.e. KKK, National Front), items directly attributed to the holocaust (i.e. Concentration Camp material), and pornography are NOT permitted to be advertised or sold through GMIC, whether through public advertisement or private sale through the Messaging system. Inert/spent ammunition and ordnance is acceptable for sale. Swords, Knives and Bayonets should STRICTLY only be sold to members over the age of 21 and are restricted to items of historical military interest only. Modern combat knives, zombie knives, bayonets, hunting knives, urban shivs and killing blades are not permitted to be sold on GMIC. Contract of Sale: The arrangement of sales and auctions is a private contract between all parties. GMIC is only a selling medium for members, it is not responsible for any items sold or advertised for sale and is not responsible for mediating between parties if a conflict arises as a direct consequence of a sale. Members are reminded that fixed price sales are an agreement between the buyer and seller. Sellers should always try and facilitate returns within a reasonable period, especially if there is good reason which supports the buyers concern over any item sold. Representation of Goods: If members are found to be partly or wholly misrepresenting items for sale, or are knowingly selling items which are either fraudulent or made or intended to deceive, they will be have their selling privileges removed or membership terminated. If considered serious or criminal the details will be past on to local law enforcement authorities. Sales: When submitting items for sale members are asked to either upload an image or post a link to a clear detailed picture of the item(s) being sold. The advertisement should clearly indicate the price of the item. The item must be advertised in at least one currency type of either GBP £, US $, or EUR€. If a seller accepts more than one currency type then the price for each currency needs to be included in the item price. Any postal charges including where the seller will post to must also be included. GMIC withholds the right to remove any items for sale without explanation.
  14. Eric has yet again been very gracious in allowing all members to have for free the latest edition of his excellent ground breaking work The Decorations of Socialist Albania 2nd Edition. It is available in PDF (9MB) and as before the work is copyright to Eric Schena. The Decorations of Socialist Albania 2nd Edition
  15. I can change your profile name and then disable you account but I will not remove posts which form part of a discussed topic, as this can be problematic.

    all the best



    1. jesper


      Hi nick that ok with me.thank you very much


  16. Wellington's Awards

    As we have such a good thread going on Bonaparte's awards how about listing the Iron Dukes Awards?
  17. Rick's article has been archived for now and it was unfinished work. I will restore it at some point in the future. However all his images are still available here: http://gmic.co.uk/gallery/category/57-rick-lündstroms-german-ribbon-bars/
  18. The problem with this as previously pointed out, is not so much the profit Weitze makes, it is how dealers artificially influence market prices. Any item is worth what the buyer wants to pay and high end pieces are always going to appeal to a certain market. Weitze is a business man, he wants to squeeze the biggest profit he can, he knows his customer base and obviously judged correctly what someone is willing to pay. This unfortunately just makes collecting become more and more unreachable with many high end pieces now far beyond the price the average collector can afford. This is the issue we face as a community, it is a shrinking hobby, becoming more and more exclusive. Many high end buyers being investors as opposed to true collectors. Sure your low end mass manufactured awards are still going to be affordable to most, with prices climbing at a much smaller margin, but their appeal becomes limited over time. You can only buy so many Iron Crosses, Purple Hearts or British War medals. So to keep expanding collections, looking for those rarer item requires deeper and deeper pockets. How many previous collectors do you know who are no longer collecting? Ask them why. A large proportion will be for financial reasons I can assure you. The last decade has seen this really hit home. Many specialist medal auctions are inhabited by dealers and investors, with collectors walking home disappointed and empty handed because prices are too demanding. I have seen time and time again good pieces being auctioned off for crazy prices appearing on dealers sites with an even higher price tag weeks or months later. The dealers need to buy stock and auctions is one of their largest suppliers.
  19. Alan A photo of the armband and sword would be appreciated.
  20. Forlorn Hope

    Forlorn Hope Did soldiers who survived volunteering for the forlorn hope in breaching sieges get any kind of formal or regimental recognition i.e. a badge. I remember reading in one of the Bernard Cornwall novels that there was some kind of badge worn on the sleeve. Did this really exist and if so what did it actually look like and are there any surviving examples left ?
  21. Thanks for sharing this personal story with us.
  22. Auction

    I have no objection to material being questioned by collectors if supported by a reasoned argument which is conducted in a civil and courteous manner. However the arrogant and somewhat cavalier attitude of the original poster has undermined the worth of the topic and it has therefore been locked.