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Mark McM

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  1. Hi, These recently came into my possession. From what little information in English is floating around on the interweb, these have been described as penal battalion buckles, but I’ve seen several photos showing this plain Soviet buckle being worn by various terrorist forces in South Africa (Bush War). The steel example shown here came by way of Serbia. Anyone have other information on these plain buckles and their issuance? Thanks!
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    Flight Suit Patch?

    Gentlemen, The following patch is up for some discussion. It is a cotton linen type material, with printed design. It measures 4 1/4” x 3 1/4” (roughly). It was amongst a few other vet bring-back items (all of which conclusively indicate service in the Philippines). Question is, what is it? I’ve seen photos of a few pilots wearing flag patches on flight suits, but these are all “meatball” flags, without rays. Thoughts?
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    Greek War Cross

    Thanks guys! Interesting that this medal was the basis for the Sacred Squadron badge!
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    Italian/French medal?

    yes, interesting stuff. Very enigmatic, but a beautiful medal!
  5. Anyone familiar with this joint Italian/French medal?
  6. Just found this nice silver example.
  7. Gentlemen, Can anyone shed light on the nature of this inscription? It appears to be between military medical staff. This particular degen bears a gorgeous Wurttemburg hilt. Any feedback would be appreciated, particularly if some detail regarding the named officers was known!
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    Marking on buckle?

    Interesting... thanks! Time period?
  9. Anybody recognize this marking?
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    French badge ID?

    thanks Peter! Good point... though it seems kind of robustly constructed for a sweetheart or patriotic piece. Still, it’s quite a nice badge!
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    Polish Legion Badge

    sure... here’s a c/u of the hallmark. (it’s difficult to see in the photo, but there is a small “W” to the right of the maiden’s head)
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    French badge ID?

    any guesses?
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    Polish Legion Badge

    Thanks! Here is a close-up of the obverse, off the cockade...
  14. just acquired this interesting hallmarked sterling Polish Legion badge on an original veteran’s cockade. Quite a nice piece!