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  1. Advanced copies on Amazon, book is due 1 December 2017
  2. Due December 1 2017 Some advanced copies are on Amazon now.
  3. Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918: Volume I - The French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services By CDR. Robert S. Pandis USNR (Ret.) 12†x 9†Hardcover Photographs, Bibliography $95.00 Pp.320 pages ISBN-10: 1495109992 Language: English Robert Pandis’s new book, Flight Badges of the Allied Nations, 1914-1918 is far more than a collection of unique images, it is a historical romp and a testament to the men who fought and flew a hundred years ago over the skies of Europe. While the photographs of the objects in it are exceptional it is also a well-researched book and the historic context presented makes it far more interesting than a work that was merely focused on flight badges would be. Pandis is no stranger to the subject matter or how best to present it; he has published similar works on German flight badges and American aviator wings. It is obvious he knows the particulars and idiosyncrasies associated with these objects as well as how to distinguish the real item from the forgeries which have become all too common. This book, like his other works, provides good guidelines to distinguish the authentic from the counterfeits. From the large variety of objects covered in this book it is obvious that Pandis had special access to some very unique collections. It is to his efforts we owe this almost encyclopedic review of the Flight Badges of the French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services The section on French aviation begins with the pre-war period, which remarkably extends back to the late 1800’s. This section provides some important insights into early military aeronautics in France up to 1914. His coverage of the wartime period 1914-1918 also includes the vaunted Lafayette Flying Corps, the French Airship section, naval aviation, and other units making it a complete sweep of all the French military services involved in the war in the air. The section dealing with the Imperial Russian Air Fleet is nothing less than remarkable. It is the first comprehensive English language work that deals with the design, variations, manufacture and history of flight badges for the Russian military and civilian organizations. His attention to detail and historical relationships makes it an invaluable examination of aviation in Imperial Russia. Looking through the existent literature I could not find its equal in breadth of topic or quality of research. The sections on either the French or Russian air services could stand on their own as separate works, and adding to all this his review of Romanian air service badges with the other two subjects in one volume makes this a very important research tool for anyone interested in aviation during WWI. Carl J. Bobrow Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum
  4. Book is complete, will be available by October 2017 Starting in September 2017 for pre-orders Contact: A6jock@yahoo.com
  5. Book is now complete - will be ready by October 2017. Cheers
  6. Major upgrades - hard back, full color with badge details. History and organizations 1917 - 2017 Will include the Border Guard and GRU. Late 2017 Data call for early Cheka badges and photos. Need more V GPUs and pre 1930s rare types. Contact me at: A6jock@yahoo.com 1_Cheka_P168 .pdf
  7. Gents The book work continues. I still need high resolution images, Front and Reverse (see page 168 format example), and size and weight data on the following badges: SVR 40 Year SVR 75, 80, 85 & 90 Year INO - PGO - SVR Badges Border Guard 90 Year Anything 2017 yet to be issued. Contact me direct A6jock@Yahoo.com Regards
  8. Data call for INO - PGU - SVR 75, 80, 85, and 90 Year Badges. 90 Year Border Guard Badge V GPU Honored Chekist Badges Gold X RKM
  9. Enjoy the French collecting Cheers Well I guess it is my thread at this point and I would very diplomatically invite those not wanting to discuss books along with badges to not enter engage with my apologies... CCJ is your Fr tunic named? It is a vert attractive example, congratulations. I did a deep dive into the subject in Allies 1, see book section for the official post (picture for reference only!). In my research the Army training records with Brevet data were never found, said to be destroyed in WWII etc, but I do have strong Naval data. I would be interested if Army Brevet data ever surfaces. The WWI French has always been slow with collectors but I think the books are helping the field. Regards "Panda"
  10. Vince I am not sure of your posting intention, the page pictures may be helpful for those seeking detailed information from an accredited source. You don't get this information on the internet .... Cheers
  11. Covers pre 1919 U.S. Army and Naval Wings