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  1. Japanese Fieldmarshal sword

    I was recently in Japan and met an acquaintance who gave me some photos of a Gensui Katana from the Taisho period. He is befriended with the family of the fieldmarshal who received it from the Taisho emperor and it is still in their possession. Although the photos are not that sharp, I thought it might be nice for those forum members that are interested in Japanese swords as I guess there are not many pictures around of them. regards, Pieter
  2. Resistance medals?

    Hi Michael, thank you for your interest in my contribution to the thread. On the organization Medisch Contact (the original Dutch name) several articles have been published, but unfortunately all in the Dutch language. However, one of the members published a book in English in 1982, describing not only his personal experiences as a member of Medisch Contact, but also the resistance activities of the organization as a whole. The author is Dr. Peter Voute and the title is "Only a Free man" (War memories of two Dutch doctors), published by The Lightening Tree, Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1949, the Nederlandse Maatschappij tot bevordering der Geneeskunst (Royal Netherlands Medical Society, comparable to the AMA), asked a historian Dr. PH de Vries, to write, in cooperation with the Institute for War documentation (NIOD), a book about the history of Medisch Contact during the war. It is published under the title 1941-MC-1945, Geschiedenis van het Verzet der Artsen in Nederland (history of the resistance of doctors in the Netherlands). It gives a detailed account of the resistance activities of the doctors, but unfortunately all in Dutch, except for the German documents that are used. The Medisch Contact group was established in 1941 when the German occupier dissolved the Royal Netherlands Medical Society, of which almost every licenced MD was a member. The deposed leaders of the Society organized an underground network of secret communication between physicians throughout the country, called simply Medisch Contact. It grew into a resistance organization. As far as I know, there is no published list of the members, and after the war in 1945, the board of the organization re-established the Royal Netherlands Medical Society and abolished Medisch Contact. However, the Society still publishes a magazine, called Medisch Contact. Regards, Pieter
  3. Chinese Medal France 1914-1918

    To add to the comments of KimKan, The British had almost 100.000 Chinese workers in France, who performed more or less the same duties as KimKan already described. However, as many of the forum members may know already, the British government did award a medal to these Chinese workers; the 1914-1918 war medal in bronze. The rim has the serial number of the worker followed by Chinese L.C. ( Labour Corps ). Regards,Pieter
  4. name of a Russian medal

    I will ask him some day how he got this medal. Regards, Pieter
  5. name of a Russian medal

    Hallo Balkan collector, thank you very much. The person in question is an army general, so surprising that he received a navy commemorative medal. Perhaps he joined some ceremony celebrating 300 years of the Russian navy. regards, Pieter
  6. name of Bulgarian order

    Ferdinand, thank you very much. Best regards, Pieter
  7. name of a Russian medal

    Hi Forum members, a friend of mine, a general in the Dutch army, received this medal from the Russian Federation, but he doesn't remember the name anymore and asked me. Unfortunately, I have no books on medals of the Russian Federation. The face looks a bit of that on the former order of Kutuzov. Sorry that the medal is partly blemished. Somehow happened because it is mounted behind the U.S. Commendation. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks and regards, Pieter
  8. Hi Forum members, a friend of mine, a general in the Dutch army, received the attached present day Bulgarian order, but doesn't remember the name anymore. He asked me, but I cannot find it in any books of orders and medals. Can anyone help? Thanks and regards, Pieter
  9. General Nogi's Pour le Merite

    Hello Nick, that is a very nice photo of general Nogi with the Pour le Merite. Haven't seen that one before. here everything is OK with me, spending my time between Europe and Japan. As for our common hobby, collecting Japanese stuff has become so expensive that most is beyond the means of a retired civil servant. On ebay a prewar Showa grandcross document of the Rising Sun recently sold for over 3000 US$! Yahoo Jp is not much better. But I am content with what I have and enjoy it. I am now interested in the history of Papal medals and documents related to the Risorgimento, when Pope Pius IX lost most of his temporal power. Many Dutch young catholics joined the zouaves to defend the Pope, so from time to time nice items show up here for a reasonable price. Regards, Pieter
  10. General Nogi's Pour le Merite

    I checked several Japanese books and found one photo of general Nogi with, I am almost sure, the Pour le Merite. Unfortunately, the order is not clearly visible, but the shape is exactly the same. As Nogi is also wearing the grandcross star of the Sacred Treasure, the photo must be taken before the end of the Russo-Japanese war, because after that he received the grand cross of the Golden Kite and again later the Rising Sun with Paulonia Flowers. I also have a prewar postcard of the orders and medals of general Nogi, as used to be exhibited in his house after his death. As you can see no Pour le Merite is included, perhaps because of WWI? By the way, the posthumous medals of both his sons are also shown. I visited the Nogi shrine beginning of this year for "shogatsu" and in the display room only the grand cross Golden Kite was exhibited. His other decorations may be at the Yasukuni shrine museum. I haven't been there for a while, but will try to visit it coming January and will check if Nogi's other orders/medals are there. Regards, Pieter
  11. In 1907 the lions in the coat of arms of the Netherlands were officially changed from outward looking to inward looking, so I suppose the crest on the Star was altered around that time.
  12. Windu, if you allow me to "hijack" your thread, before the Star for Loyalty and Merit was established, the Governor-general could award individual gold or silver medals, to be worn on a chain around the neck to the local officials who distinghed themselves.The golden ones were normally reserved for the Sultans, Pangerans and Radens. Few have been issued and they were all named and dated, and are of course very rare. In 1871 the Netherlands Indies government decided to standardize these individual awards and made a standard medal, with the Dutch coat of arms at front and the text Het Nederlands Indisch Gouvernement aan....name and titel of the recipient. (the Netherlands Indies Government to...). These medals, in silver and bronze (no more gold ones) were worn on a blue, orange, blue ribbon (like the one on the bronze Star I showed earlier) and were awarded till the Star for Loyaty and Merit was instituted in 1893. I have a silver medal in my collection, awarded to Si oepar galar pertoean Sripada. Unfortunately i have little knowledge of Malay, so cannot translate it, except the name Si oepar and he must have been some leader in Sumatra. It is of heavy silver with a diameter of 50mm, made by Van Arcken in Batavia. Hope you like the pictures. Could finally find out how to make the pictures upright, so here again the document for the Bronze Star, so it will be easier to read. Best regards, Pieter
  13. Here a better picture of the first type, this is the bronze version
  14. Hi Windu, a nice find, as you wrote already, there are not so many of these awards around anymore, especially with case. Fortunately quite a number of them were brought to The Netherlands, probably before or just after the war, so they turn up from time to time in auctions here. Actually the Great Gold and Silver star had a different apearance than the small Star. Although I have a number of small Stars in my collection, the Great Stars I am still looking for, but I show here a picture of how they look like. Also of the small Stars, there are two versions, the first one with the lions on the crest looking toward you, and the newer one with the lions looking inward, like the one you bought. The older ones had also different ribbons. I have included a picture of the first version of the small Silver Star. Of course the award documents for this star are very rare to find as most have been destroyed or just lost. I am happy to have in my collection a Bronze Star certificate from 1939. As these Stars were issued by the Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies, there are unfortunately, as far as I know, no records here in the Netherlands of the number awarded. I don't seem to get the pictures upright; I insert them like that and then they come out sudeways, sorry for that. best regards, Pieter
  15. Naming on GSM

    Hallo Mark, thank you very much for this very useful information. I could check google on the C.L.C. and learned more about it. As it was established in 1952, it corresponds with the young Queen Elisabeth head I have on my medal. There is no prefix before the number. Thanks again and best regards, Pieter