Gordon Craig

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  1. jules118, I tried following your link but I was unable to open anything from it. Perhaps you are referring to the past sale of these medals on the emedals site? If so, these medals can be found here; https://www.emedals.com/europe/hungary/other/a-superb-ww2-hungarian-master-parachutist-s-grouping-with-awards-id-photos Regards, Gordon
  2. Fredhh123, These are all Communist era awards with the exception of a post Communist era lapel pin. The one with the Hungarian crest with the bent cross on the top. Sorry but I don't have the time to list what each award is but they are all common and inexpensive. For example, the SZTATHOVISTA (the first picture in your list of pictures) is awarded for exceeding the amount of work one was expected to do in a certain period of time. It came with a certificate. Here is a link to Collect Russia that has some Hungarian awards listed. It shows one of the awards you have pictured Excellent Worker (Kivalo Dolgozo) badge, Type 4, with original issue box and miniature badge. Late 1970s - 1980s. https://www.collectrussia.com/showcat.htm?cat=hungary Regards, Gordon
  3. ray11, The CSR indicates this artifact is from the Czech Socialist Republic. Not sure what it is but it is not an award. Certainly not rare. Whatever the seller is asking for it it is probably too much. Czechoslovakia has used this style lion in their awards for many years. Here is a link to Czech Communist era medals on the web. You can see the lion used there numerous times. https://www.google.ca/search?q=Czechoslovakian+communist+era+medals&safe=active&rlz=1C1LDJZ_enCA501CA501&espv=2&biw=1600&bih=901&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-_q6G5MbRAhVLwYMKHRt1Bbc4ChD8BQgGKAE The next link will take you to look at some Polish Communist era awards. Note the use of an eagle an an emblem by Poland and the state colours or red and white. https://www.google.ca/search?q=polish+communist+era+medals&safe=active&rlz=1C1LDJZ_enCA501CA501&espv=2&biw=1600&bih=901&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicyt7v5MbRAhUF7YMKHVGXD0sQsAQIGg Regards, Gordon
  4. WWII Finnish Tunic

    Time Left: 21 days and 11 hours

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    For sale here is an original WWII Finish artillery officers tunic with the rank of Junior Lieutenant. Tunic is in very good condition without any moth holes.


  5. Time Left: 21 days and 11 hours

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    A pair of shoulder boards worn on the parade uniform of a Major General on the Soviet armed forces. Some slight mothing to the back of one board.


  6. Gentlemen, I only have one Finnish tunic in my collection so here it is. Regards, Gordon
  7. turtle, Very interesting picture. I have often wondered if Chaplains in the BW wore a crucifix other then the BW issued one but most pictures do not give me a clear view of what the priest/minister is wearing. Since the BW does no have an issue crucifix for Protestant ministers the minister in this photo has chosen to wear one of his choice. Thanks very much for posting this photo. Regards, Gordon
  8. GreyC, Thanks for the link to the post showing a similar armband in wear. I've seen pictures of WWII German clergy in uniform and actually saw one once at The Max. Nice to fill in this piece of clergy history in the German military. Regards, Gordon
  9. GreyC, Thanks for your comments re the brassard. Regards, Gordon
  10. Uwe, Very interesting. I have not seen these before. Thanks for posting the pictures. Regards, Gordon
  11. cimbineus, Interesting question. I'll have to dig through my collection and check out my crosses. Regards, Gordon
  12. Thanks for the comments on Chaplains in the Canadian Army. I marched in many "church parades" in the RCAF. As an aside, Chaplains in the RCN do not hold rank. Regards, Gordon
  13. Gentlemen, I've been interested in this subject for some time and have written finally something about the Militärseelsorge. The information contained in the article comes from the BW Militärseelsorge web site and from the books on the BW written by Schultz and Kunswadl. Any mistakes are my own and if you can correct anything, or add useful information, I would appreciate it. The pictures of the slip on shoulder tabs shown first and from my own collection. There is an endless amount arm badges worn in the field and I will post pictures from the net illustrating them.Regards,GordonMilitary Pastoral Care in the Bundeswehr;The Catholic military service began on the basis that the Reichskonkordat of July 10, 1933, was still considered valid. The Protestant Military Chaplaincy is based on a treaty between the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Federal Republic of Germany signed on February 22, 1957. Both arms of the Christian church provide for the pastoral care of servicemen and women of their respective churches. Military pastoral care is part of the ecclesiastical work carried out on behalf of and under the supervision of the church. The state provides for the organization of the military service and bears its costs. The background to pastoral care is to ensure the right of the soldiers to exercise their religion freely and undisturbed even under the special conditions of the military service.The Protestant service is currently comprises (as of May 27, 2016) of 98 military chaplain and about the same number of parish helpers standing by on site as a contact and partially responsible for multiple sites. There are no numbers available for the Catholic service. In addition to religious services ethical support of the soldiers is provided. At foreign locations of the Bundeswehr, where the soldier’s live with their whole families, there is also a complete community life. Military pastoral care is not directed expressly to members of the church, but to all members of the military.The Chaplains do not wear the service uniforms of the BW. They do not have military ranks and are not integrated into the hierarchy of the Bundeswehr. Rather, they are assigned to the military services through cooperation with the individual church organizations.The members of the military of both confessions and their assistance are to be equipped with daily working uniforms according to the unit they are serving with. In the event of military operations, they are to be equipped with combat equipment. However, they do not carry arms. When assigned on boats and ships of the Bundesmarine, they receive the applicable work and combat uniforms.They may wear an armband with the red cross and a 5 cm wide violet ribbon. They wear a distinctive mark on the slip on shoulder straps, which, in form and color, correspond to the religious denomination and the branch in which they are serving. The Catholic priests wear a cross surmounted by a crown in the same colour. A simple cross is worn by the Protestant pastors on the first type of slip on. The second type of slip on has a simple cross and in a sem-circle below the cross the Protestant Chaplain's motto “Domini Sumus” (in English: We belong to the Lord ). Chaplains serving with the army or the air force have silver, embroidered devices on their slip on shoulder straps. Chaplains serving with the marine have gold, embroidered devices on their slip on shoulder straps. The Catholic service also has a metal cross, suspended from a chain, which they wear in the worship service and possibly at other times. The Protestant service does not wear a cross. The clergy of both denominations may dress themselves with stoles when wearing BW uniforms, or they may wear their specific ecclesiastical garb during religious services.A Precursor to the chaplaincy in the Bundeswehr was pastoral care at the barracks of the civilian German Labor Service units of the US Armed Forces in Germany, which began in June 1951.
  14. bobfebder, Nice hat and impressive pictures. cimbineous, Thanks for the pics of the badges and for the history of this unit. What industrial units were combined in 1970? Be interesting to know so we could trace badges, uniforms etc. Regards, Gordon
  15. bsap10535 Thanks very much for the information the visor cap. Regards, Gordon