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  1. Belgian Korea Medals

    pegasus1831 Get set to a chap who served in Korean. Perfect example of what to look for. Thanks for posting it. Regards, Gordon
  2. Gentlemen, This the Slovakian War Victory Cross. Regards, Gordon
  3. Gentlemen, I am doing some research on medals for service in Korean awarded to Ethiopian members of the Kagnew Battalion. Specifically where was the Commemorative Ethiopian Korean medal produced; how many were made and what was the normal mounting arrangement for Ethiopian medals? The second Ethiopian medal that I am interested in is the UN medal awarded to Ethiopians. Were they standard UN medals with the Ethiopian clasps attached or was the whole medal, including the clasp, made by a specific firm/mint etc.? How many were made and how many were awarded? Pictures of these two medals are posted below. Regards, Gordon
  4. nickstrenk, Thanks very much for posting this thread. I is full of very interesting information and photos. Regards, Gordon
  5. Tobias, Very nice uniform collection. First time that I have seen the boots. The two coats are very interesting as well. Regards, Gordon
  6. Grosskreuz BVK

    Igor, Thanks for the quick response. I am familiar with this site. Regards, Gordon
  7. Grosskreuz BVK

    Igor, Nice pictures. How did you identify the maker? Regards, Gordon
  8. Croatian War memorial Cross 1992-1995

    BalkanCollector, Thanks. Regards, Gordon
  9. Croatian War memorial Cross 1992-1995 The Croatian War Memorial Cross 1992-1995 ( Croatian Ratni spomen križ 1992.-1995 ) was an award of the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna . Awards to the military service were made in accordance with the "Law on Service in the Armed Forces of the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna", by the "Ordinance on the Award of Orders" ( Pravilnik o dodjeli odličja ). The Croatian War Memorial Cross could be awarded to all members of the military forces of the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna, who had made a contribution to the construction of their first "professional" military units (especially the motorized guard brigade " Ante Bruno Bušić ") during the Bosnian war . An award to a non-military personnel was possible, if the award criteria were fulfilled. A total of 1,050 pieces of all classes of the awards were produced, only 104 of which were awarded. For reasons of quality and better competition, the award was made in Italy . Table of Contents The Cross was awarded in three classes ( stupnja = degree). The Croatian War Memorial Cross without decoration (1st class) (500 pieces produced: 21 awarded.) The Croatian War Memorial Cross with palm branch and sword. (IInd class) (500 pieces produced: 50 awarded.) The Croatian War Memorial Cross with palm branch and sword on star (IIIrd Stage) (50 pieces produced: 33 awarded) The First Class shows the basic design of the award, a gold-colored metal cross from Croatian wattle ("Croatian Cross"). On the cross, the coat-of-arms of the Croatian Herceg-Bosna is displayed . The Second Class shows behind the "Croatian Cross", a crossed palm branch and a sword. The Third Class shows the same design as the Second Class, superimposed on a radiating star, similar to the breast star of other countries awards. On the reverse of all threes classes of the award, in three lines of horizontal engraving is the name of the award “1992-95 / RATNI SPOMEN KRIŽ / HRVATSKE REPUBLIKE HERCEG-BOSNE”, the name of the country awarding the cross, and the respective number of the piece.
  10. Croatian War memorial Cross 1992-1995

    BalkanCollector, Although this goes against convention, I think that the First Class award is the lowest and the Third Class the highest for this commemorative award. The numbers made would seem to indicate this. Although the largest number awarded was the Third Class. I am aware of one other award where this was the case. In Germany in WWII the Nahkampfspange (Close Combat Badge) was designated as; 1st Class in Bronze for 15 days; 2nd Class in Silver for 30 days; 3rd Class in Gold for 50 days. There is relatively little information available about this commemorative award. I am still searching for the date of institution and the date it was first awarded. I have never seen the First class in a case either. Perhaps it was only presented in a paper packet? If you ever see a Third Class award for sale please let me know. One was sold in 2009 but that is the only one I aware of and it is the one pictured in this thread. Regards, Gordon
  11. Gentlemen, The Montenegrin Silver Medal for Bravery is well known. It was not made in Gold. However, here is a picture of one that does appear to be made of Gold. Is there a possibility that a Gold Medal for Bravery would be made and awarded? Does anyone have any info a Montenegrin Gold Medal for Bravery? Regards, Gordon
  12. Montenegrin "Gold" Medal for Bravery

    paja, Thanks for the quick response. i appreciate your comment that the medal seems to be authentic. It looks authentic to me as well. Looks as though It will remain a mystery. Regards, Gordon
  13. Absolutely amazing! If this did belong to the king there must be a photo somewhere of him wearing it. That I would love to see. Regards, Gordon
  14. Paul R, Its the same one used at the start of this thread. Regards, Gordon
  15. Gentlemen, Interesting reading but it leaves me confused as to what medal that I actually have. Is it a medal or an Order? I believe mine to be a third class using the 2012 medal book as a guide. I bought it yesterday at a local coin shop. It comes complete with the with cardboard issue packaging, the dark red case and of course the medal and the ribbon bar. Perhaps oamotme can translate what the two gold lines on the box and case say in English?
  16. Gallipoli Star (real or fake)

    Demir, I would disagree with your use of the terms "replica or copy" for period and post war Ottoman awards made in Germany or Austria. In English, these terms are almost equal with the term "fake". Using the terms "period or post war made" would be far more correct. Regards, Gordon
  17. Korean War Medals and leaflets

    bmsm, Your welcome. Glad that I could help. Regards, Gordon
  18. Tobias, Great photos! I see that you have both types of belt. Something that has eluded me for years! Regards, Gordon
  19. Navy Cap Badge - early?

    I would say this cap badge would have belonged to the father. This type of cap badge would be found worn by unteroffizier/fahnrich and also on the woman's cap. Regards, Gordon

    Kallarati Heroik Thanks very much for posting these pictures of Albanian cases. A great addition to Eric's book. Perhaps it should be pinned too? Regards, Gordon
  21. Gentlemen, A response to this picture from a friend. "On the link below you will find this device described as a police receiver rdiotelephonic calls sent by a police station. According to the web site this picture was published in 1924 in a magazine called Das neue Universum. https://www.klaus-paffenholz.de/bos-funk/index.html?https://www.klaus-paffenholz.de/bos-funk/bos-funk.html Click on BOS-FUNK at the left of the page and scroll down. You will find a front and back view of this device. Regards, Gordon l the best,Keeshttps://www.klaus-paffenholz.de/bos-.../bos-funk.html
  22. Belgian Korea Medals

    GM1, Very interesting post. I am always looking for medal groups like those you have posted the documents for. Especially for the Korean War. Thanks very much for posting these documents. Regards, Gordon
  23. FRITZEL, It certainly looks like a radio antenna to me. I think this photo dates post WWI and these men appear to be members of a police organization from the stars on their headgear. If you could read what it says on the antenna perhaps you would have the info that you need to tell you what is going on in the picture. If it is ok with you I would like to post this on a police forum and see if the device can be iidentified. Regards, Gordon
  24. Gentlemen, I am searching for information to add to what I already have on the subject officer. I know he enlisted in the Prussian army in 1860 and served until 1890. He fought in the Austro-Prussian war (1866/67) and in the Franco-Prussian war (1870/71). He was part of the military mission, as the Infantry, specialist, sent to the Ottoman Empire in 1882 and subsequently transferred to the Ottoman service. He was given the rank of Mushir in the Ottoman service in 1895 with the title of Pasha. He fought against the Greeks in the short war of 1897. Perhaps someone can locate in in one of the rank lists. Regards, Gordon
  25. Glenn, Thanks very much. This is a ig help. I can get most of it. Some of the short forms will take some work. I don't see any listing for the bars he would be wearing on his 1870/71 medal. Any idea where I could find this info? Perhaps from the history of Infantry Regiment 68? Regards, Gordon