pieter1012

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  1. Brett, congatulations, a very nice set. The bar with numeral 2 stands for two tours of duty and is rare as only 516 were issued. With no numeral, around 3500 were issued and with numeral 3 for three tours of duty, 38 were issued. Apparently one bar with 4 was issued to a military chaplain, but there is no documentation on this and the whereabouts of the medal is unknown. Many Dutch Korea veterans did not have their medals mounted, so a display like yours is not uncommon. Regards, Pieter
  2. Hi Brett, nice that you could get the Dutch medals for the Korean war. To make the group complete, the Korean war service medal should be added. Unlike in the UK and the Commonwealth, when only in 2001 permission was given to receive this medal, members of the Dutch army received this medal straight after the war and were allowed to wear it on uniform. So most Dutch Korea groups include this medal. Such groups are indeed hard to identify, unless it comes with the award certificates or other provenance. For your interest I have added pictures of the certificates belonging to the three medals a typical Dutch Korean war veteran would receive. Regards, Pieter
  3. Here a Canadian Korean war pair I have that is named to SK 800227 R Yee. (sorry for the poor quality of the pictures). Some paperwork came with it stating that Act. Sgt. Richard Yee joined the 2d Bn PPLCI in Calgary in August 1950 and served in Korea from 18-12-'50 to 07-03-'53. What makes it interesting is that Yee is a Canadian (Saskatchewan Prov.) from Korean descent, so could it be that he was used in Korea for interpreting purposes? regards, Pieter
  4. Although Purple Heart documents issued for the Korean war come on the market from time to time, this one I have is interesting in that it was awarded to someone from a unit that apparently consisted of all African American soldiers. The document came with a picture of the unit; Stokes is standing in the first row, fourth from left, as indicated by an arrow he probably put there himself. Unfortunately, the set came without his Purple Heart. regards, Pieter
  5. Thanks for the nice comments I am indeed very happy to have them in my collection, and the actual documents look nicer than the pictures in my posts show. regards, Pieter
  6. Hi Chris, thank you very much for the information and the nice samples of non combattant Iron Cross documents you have shown. So now I know that there are a number of variations of this document. I especially like the one from the heeresabwickelungsambt. Best regards, Pieter
  7. hi All, If I am correct, for the first WW around 13,000 non combattant Iron Crosses second class were awarded. The only award documents for this Iron Cross I have seen are the ones like I have in collection, of which a picture is attached. My question is whether all non combattant Iron Cross documents were issued by the Generalkommission with a printed signature of Kanitz. Does someone perhaps have samples of other types? Thanks and regards, Pieter
  8. Owen, Fortunately, sometimes french dealers of orders and medals offer Napoleontic documents such as the award document for the Legion d'Honneur, that's how I could obtain them. The paper used for these documents is very nice too; it has as watermark the imperial eagle. If you ever happen to visit Paris, you should visit the Musee nationale de la Legion d'Honneur; a treasure trove if you are interested in the Napoleontic area. I have spent many many hours there. regards,Pieter
  9. Owen, explained very shortly, the attestation is about the capture of an enemy canon by then Unterofficier (petty officer) Stuerz during the battle at Katzbach on 26 August 1813. During a counter attack by the enemy cavalry, Stuerz got captured, although the canon could be brought into the lines of the Prussians. Assuming Stuerz was killed, the undersigned, count Zu Eulenburg, then commander of the Prussian Hussars regiment, did not recommend Stuerz for an Iron Cross. He states that it is his dutyful debt to now draw up this attestation. Signed 29 July 1816 by Count zu Eulenberg, major of the 7th Hussars Regiment. Presumably, as a result of this statement, Stuerz, by then 1st Lieutenant, received the Iron Cross on 23d October 1816. I keep my award documents in acid free paper files Regards, Pieter
  10. Hi Owen and Chris, thanks for your kind words. although my main collecting interest are the awards themselves, the related documents have indeed a more personal touch. Chris, Lt Stuerz was still a petty officer during the action for which he was awarded the Iron Cross. With the document came an original transcript of the attestation from his commanding officer who recommended him for the award. Fortunately a modern "translation" was included, otherwise it would have been impossible to read. I have enclosed pictures of both. Owen, if you go to the forum France, under the thread 1st Empire Legion d'Honneur, I have posted two award documents of the Legion d'Honneur during the reign of Napoleon. One is from 1809 and the other from May 1815 (awarded during the 100 days and therefore quite rare). both are signed by the Grand Chancelier, Comte de Lacepede, who was the first Chancellor of the Legion of Honour, dismissed in 1814 by King Louis, but re instated by Napoleon in April 1815. So you can add two more Napoleonic era award documents you have seen. Regards, Pieter
  11. Colin, thanks for the information about Dunn's awards. regards, Pieter
  12. Hi Colin, very nice and realistic model of Dunn. Did you make it yourself? According to Honour the Light Brigade of Lummis, his VC and medals are in his former highschool in Toronto. I wonder if they are still there. Rgeards, Pieter
  13. Paul, that could indeed have been the case, didn't think of that. In the period till 1814, as far as I know, the nominee would first be notified of the Emperor's decision by an avis provisoire from the Chief of Staff Berthier. Later, the official award document would follow. So it could well be that in 1815 there was a backlog of Legion d'Honneur documents that still had to be issued. For interest of the reader, I have enclosed here a copy of such avis provisoire for a nomination in officer LdH in 1811. Funny thing though, is that with the 100 days the numbering of the documents apparently started again from no.1. Included is a picture of an award document from the 100 days period of 29 May 1815 and is numbered 2,866. Also, the document mentions the date of nomination, so, it could actually have been issued much later. The document is simpler than the document from the first period, but still signed by the Grand Chancelier, comte de Lacapéde. To compare, I have added a document from the first period, dated 1809, numbered 21898 (although I am not sure of the 1, could be a narrow 9). No date of the nomination by Napoleon is mentioned. Much is written about the Legion d'Honneur itself, but on the (for me at least) interesting aspect of the documents, very little has been written. Of course any additional information on this subject is most welcome. regards, Pieter
  14. In studying the history of the Legion d'Honneur during the First Empire, it is hard to find details on the number of LOH's awarded during the so-called 100 days, from 20th March till 22d June, 1815. As the Palace of the Legion d'Honneur was burned by the communards in 1871, many archives are lost. However, a figure of around 6,000 is sometimes mentioned in books on the LOH (of course for the battle of Waterloo no LOH's were awarded). This seems to me quite a high number, if one considers that during the whole period from July 1802 untill April 1814, around 37,000 LOH's were awarded. If any member has read about another number, I would like to hear that. If 6,000 is more or less correct, poor Grand Chancellor of the Legion d'Honneur, Comte de Lacépede, must have had a busy 100 days, signing all the award documents for these LOH's. regards, Pieter
  15. Perhaps also mention should be made of the French Chasseurs d'Afrique who formed up after the Light Brigade started the charge, and attacked the Russian batteries on the Fedioukine Heights on the noth edge of the valley. They succeeded in capturing the guns, thus greatly reducing the amount of artillery fire at the retreating Light Brigade. I agree that, largely because of Lord Tenyson's famous poem, the Charge of the Light Brigade has received more prominence and attention in the battle of Balaclava than the actions of the Heavy Brigade and the Thin Red line. On the other hand the charge of the Heavy Brigade was successful, partly thanks to the British horse artillery that at a crucial moment pounded the Russian cavalry with 24-pounder guns. And the Highlanders of the Thin Red Line were equiped with Pattern1853 Enfield rifles-muskets that had terrible firepower, not realized and under estimated by the Russians. Cardigan had to charge his cavalry, without any infantry support, through a valley straight into a battery of Russian guns, contrary to the practice of war, as Cardigan himself commented. Pieter