Gordon Craig

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  1. To all, I spoke to a chap who works in the Canadian military's section on conferring awards etc. His explanation of why Canadians could not wear this medal is that it was not created by the governments of the tree countries but by the heads of their three military organizations. So in Canada it is not viewed as an official medal instituted by a country. Regards, Gordon
  2. cimbineus, Great looking calendar. Thanks for the links you posted above. I particularly like the Red Cross award with war time leaves on the Facebook page. I've never seen one like that before. Too bad I have forgotten most of the little Hungarian I learned when I live in Budapest. I also miss the Coin Show, the weekend markets and the monthly militaria shows. Nothing like those in my home town in Canada! Regards, Gordon
  3. cimbineus Thanks for this additional. Your posts really add to our knowledge on these awards. Regards, Gordon
  4. Cimbineus, Thanks for the excellent information on this award. A couple of questions; 1- What was it awarded for? 2- What was the award criteria ie the difference between the Bronze and the silver? 2-Was it awarded after 1948? Regards, Gordon Cimbineus, I should have looked in the second link posted above. Here is an English translation from that forum. Order of the Hungarian freedom Magyar Szabadsag Erdemrend. Hungarian Order of Freedom. The very first awards of Hungary was established in accordance with law No. 8 of 1946, and that the decision of the Hungarian People's Assembly. The Statute of the order was confirmed by the signature of the President of the Republic Decree No. 5 dated 12 July 1947. In the first period of this order is awarded directly to the president and later on these matters decided by Parliament and its chairman. Granting the order of this type was completed in 1953. Presidential Regulation No. 61 of 1957 (this regulation was at the level of the Act), was renewed opportunity again to order Hungary Freedom award for important deeds - as proven defense of the Hungarian nation and working people in defense of socialism at the time of the counter-revolutionary coup in 1956. Under these really specific merit order could be granted (type 2) in the period: - "1. January 1957 to April 4, 1958 " This order becomes the order of merit in general and was intended as a high reward citizens of Hungary, the freedom fighters of the country, guerrillas excellent workers in the industrial, scientific capacities and diplomats. The Order loses its specific exclusivity. In the time since its founding 10 May 1946 to 10 October 1947 (at that time the statute was enacted Regulations), has been granted: - President of the country a total of 1,828 specimens - Parliament further 2,150 copies. The order was endowed with many privileges, financial subsidies, vouchers for vehicles, spa treatments etc. Description order decorations I type. This type was awarded during 1946. The Order is made of silver and jewelery modified. It is a set of three driven part thickness of 1-1.5 mm. A central medallion is a picture of Lajos Kossuth (right). Around the portrait is broken inscription: "In Hungary Freedom" Under this medallion are two five-point stars combined to form a common ten-star with a diameter of 43 mm. On the back it would place the registration number and the number is below the national emblem of the country in 1946. The jewel in its final form is very nice and interesting, it is made of silver fineness 700/1000. Total weight is 30 grams gem. Bronze level has been made of a metal alloy, the weight is 30 grams gem. Production technology is simpler, but overall, this ordinal level looks pretty and interesting. This bronze degrees were awarded a total of "159" people. But in this period begins with the granting of the order, so-called II. type. Sample wear. Soviet general, this procedure completely sideways Hungarian nuns clips, and other orders (Bulgarian) are out of order decorations. Is it a manifestation of resistance to wear a number of former enemies ?? Hungarian Order of Freedom (Type 2) The order takes the form of ten-pointed star of size 45 mm. Nun decoration is made of silver or tombaku.Středový medallion bears a portrait Kosshuta (right) surrounded by a green enameled laurel wreath. In the central medallion on the back is the top personal coat of arms L. Kosshuta a three-line inscription: "MAGYAR SZABADSAGERT 1946" At the top is hanging tab with ring for hanging on a ribbon. Ribbon triangular 40 mm wide. URL: http://forum.valka.cz/topic/view/114241#397869 Version: 0 Altmann 6 years ago Hungarian Order of Freedom (3.Types) Regulations in this form are awarded from January 1957 to 4 April 1958 Avers: Front page order decorations is identical with the order of the so-called type 2 diabetes. Reverse: The center has a label on the entire surface emblem of the Hungarian People's Republic. The Decree of 1957. (This image is taken from a specialized Russian faleristic page) URL: http://forum.valka.cz/topic/view/114241#397870 Version: 0 Altmann 6 years ago Hungarian Order of Freedom (4.Types) n 1980 the order was incorporated into the assembly order of MLR and becomes the fourth in the order of procedure in order. In this case, the only truly "cheap jewelry" custom order decoration is made by pressing and order is modified into: - a gold grade - silver level - Bronze degrees. Order lost in Hungarian society seriousness and respect. Certainly it is one of the reasons why this order in this form after 1991 was not renewed.
  5. Jules 118, Here is a list of medals listed in the emedals auction in both Hungarian and English. Sorry that I did not have the time sooner to do this for you. I haven't done much work on my Hungarian collection since I moved back to Canada after spending three years in Budapest. Boy how my Hungarian language skills have virtually disappeared! Császár Vilmos - Hungarian medal group to a WWII Hungarian paratrooper. In Hungary his name would be written Vilmos Császár. Last names are always written first, followed by the given name, in the Hungarian language. #1 - Magyar Nagy Ezűst Vitézségi Érem - Large Silver Medal of Courage #2 - A Tűzkereszt koszorúval, kardokkal - Fire Cross with Wreath and Swords #3 - Legénységi Szolgálati Jel III. Osztálya - Oficers Long Service Cross #4 - Felvidéki Emlékérem - Upper Hungary Medal #5 - Erdélyi Emlékérem, - Transylvania Medal #6 - Délvidéki Emlékérem, - Southern Hungary Medal Reference material - KERESZT, ÉREM, CSILLAG - LIST OF AWARDS IN THE HUNGARIAN MUSEUM NAGY MAGYAR KITÜNTESTÉSKÖNYV - LARGE BOOK OF HUNGARIAN AWARDS. Regards, Gordon
  6. Finnishcollector, A most impressive collection. Thanks very much for showing it to us. Regards, Gordon
  7. 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
  8. von thronstahl, In my opinion this is not an authentic badge. The pictures aren't great but the construction and enamel on this badge does not match that found on originals. Here are a couple of links to authentic badges for you to compare the one you posted to. Regards, Gordon http://www.phoenixinvestmentarms.com/AC124PilotBdg.htm https://www.emedals.com/europe/austria-imperial/an-austrian-field-pilot-badge-type-ii-karl-i-1917-fullsize-and-miniature
  9. Gentlemen, I have some questions about the Carte du Feu. 1-When was the Carte du Feu authorized, by whom, and when was it first issued? 2-Was the medallion issued with the Carte du Feu or was it a private purchase item? 3- There seem to be a number of copied of the Carte du Feu medallion. What is the best way to tell an original from an authentic one? Regards, Gordon
  10. Guy and VC89, I have visited the site you recommended several times it is very useful. VC89 has answered my question about the date of the institution on the Carte du Feu and the requirements for having it issued which helps a lot. The medallion that I posted pictures of is not mine. It is one that is for sale on ebay.com. I have purchased one but it is in the mail and hasn't arrived at my home yet. VC98s comment about silver ones is also interesting. I have also seen silver ones and it would be interesting to know more about them. Thank you both for your help. Regards, Gordon
  11. I recently purchased this tunic and cap and was told by the vendor that he thought it dated from the 40s. There are no markings visible inside the tunic and no indication that there ever was any. No sign of a tailors lable being removed either. From the finished holes for badges it appears to have been made for a specific individual but the badge holes don't show any signs of a badge being installed in them. The regimental badge on the right breast has been sewn on for a long time. I know that tunics like this were used in the Spansih Civil War but not when they were introduced nor when they stopped being worn. I saw one reference that said they were not an official uniform but that many were used anyway. The buttons are made of wood. I would like to gather as much information about this type of uniform and cap as I can. Thanks in advance for your assisyance. Regards, Gordon
  12. Guy, Spectacular Shapska. Thanks very much for posting pictures of it Regards, Gordon
  13. ray11, Perhaps I should have been clearer. You have not seen an ODM like this before because it is not one. Possible some sort of mommento given out by a civilian organization. Regards, Gordon
  14. 922F, Thanks very much. I have ordered this book. Regards, Gordon
  15. 922F, Thanks for the suggestions. I ordered a copy of The Spirit of the Lion yesterday. I'll look for the other book today. Info on the more common ones was what I was looking for. Regards, Gordon Stuka f, It was Spirit of the Lion. Thanks for the offer but as you see I was able to order a copy from ABEbooks. Regards, Gordon
  16. Gentlemen, I need your help. I am looking for a book on Belgian medals in English. I saw one on line but was unable to buy form the site as I could not contact the site itself. Regards, Gordon
  17. Guy, An amazing General Officer's uniform. Thanks for posting pictures of it. Also, a great thread for me since I have only recently become interested in Belgian ODMs. Regards, Gordon
  18. 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.
  19. Thanks for letting me know about the article and the offer to copy and send it to me. I appreciate that very much. I'll PM you with my mailing address. I was aware of the ZASaG but didn't put anything in this thread about it. I'd be very interested in the structure of pastoral care in the BW to day. Regards, Gordon
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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

    • FOR SALE

    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.



    • FOR SALE

    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.


  25. Gentlemen, I only have one Finnish tunic in my collection so here it is. Regards, Gordon