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  1. Small Japanese Collection

    military reservist assoc badges the 4 coloured ones are for officers the blue one is the highest rank the orange one the lowest, the star over the anchor on these badges usually indicates reservist items the small badge with the rising sun and anchor with the pink cherry blossom is a naval institute special member badge
  2. rhodesian stocks of camoflage uniforms were worn by the zimbabwe army until 83/84 then replaced by a new design featuring green and brown vertical stripes on a khaki background for the dry season and a pale green background for the wet season in the 1990s zimbabwe reintroduced the rhodesian brushstroke pattern but with brown printed over green as chris correctly noted as a collector of bush war items i have never seen the vertical stripe pattern for sale it may well be in storage or destroyed i have heard some references call it the monkey hand pattern
  3. ship launching medal

    hi all i have a number of japanese ship launching items all if which i have been able to trace their history except this one japanese mint made medal for the cargo liner akatsuki maru launched in 1936 kobe yard(mitsubishi) just unable to find any history of this ship using the usual references i have been through the us navy records of japanese ships sunk during ww2 but no joy mind you many ships sunk were unknown if anyone has any info it would be appreciated, note there were 2 other ships named akatsuki a destroyer and a tanker both sunk during ww2 just to confuse things (thanks rich catalano for translations)
  4. japanese document

    Hi Nick many thanks for taking the time on a translation it is very much appreciated
  5. Unknown revolver help, please

    Looks very much like a European copy of the. British made Webley known as the bulldog based on the well known Webley ric revolver many of these copies were made in Belgium some of ok quality and some downright dangerous calibers varied from 32 to 45 the Webley made revolvers are of superb quality and have the winged bullet Mark on the body some of these copies were made in the UK and this style of revolver was very popular carry gun due to its size and heavy calibre
  6. japanese document

    hi all just wondering if this document is related to the imperial army airforce not looking for a translation but if anyone could pick up anything related to the airforce it would be appreciated it comes with a series of detailed japanese military maps
  7. hi jim the lugs on the wheel rim are for rope placement in case the gun was in a position that had to be manhandled ie stuck in mud or in a position that did not allow a vehicle to move it a hook was placed in the hook ring and the rope wound around the lugs which made it easier for the wheel to turn and be pulled manually
  8. Dear mickey

    I am a Japanese award document collector, Could I ask do you have some Japanese award documents want to sell?

    Best Wish 


    1. mickey


      hi moran i have a number of documents in my collection but none for sale sorry, regards mickey 

    2. Moran James

      Moran James

      That's OK, Thank you. Best Wish Moran

  9. rhodesian general service medal issued to members of the security forces and the police (bsap) for service during the bush war which ended in 1980 the pr prefix and number indicates his national service number the pr prefix fell away after the 100000 number was reached cant help with his unit
  10. Japanese regalia

    modern version
  11. Japanese regalia

    hi all just another bit of info regarding the hato no tsue its a traditional gift for those over 80 in japan the presentation was first practiced in ancient china and later in japanese courts its seen as an appropriate gift as the characters that make up the word hato(pigeon) can also mean 80 it is also said that pigeons do not choke a serious problem for elderly japanese
  12. sa railways police hat

    many thanks cassie for the hat id and the photos which are the first i have seen showing the sarp on the border the red trucks with the mine proof cabs are also new to me trying to find any info on the sarp is very difficult, again thanks
  13. hi rob if you go to this www.samilitaryhistory.org/vol1086ig.html there is a very interesting article on south African pows on the long marches 1944/45 mainly from the camps in Poland westwards as noted in the article attempted escapes started almost immediately the site is run by the south African military history society and has some very good info if you have not already seen it if the link doesn't work go to the south African military society website and look for volume 8 no 6 December 1991
  14. Non-governmental Awards for First Sino-Japanese War

    took a while but wanted to find one that was military related with a case "dai Nippon celebration of victorious return commemorative. banzai to army and navy", Suzuki manufacture.i was surprised how small these medals are and so well made thanks to rich catalano for translation
  15. red cross medal paperwork

    hi just thought to add this very common red cross medal but with its original receipt for a 25 yen donation made by a gentleman to the Hiroshima branch in april 1945 very thin paper I would imagine not many receipts are still around it has a perforated edge were it was removed from the receipt book , only a few months before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima the receipt was folded neatly in the box always nice to get a date