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    1. British and Commonwealth medals, badges
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    3. European - WW II and prior medals
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  1. Pakistan Princely States - Bahawalpur

    Just wondered if anyone found ribbons for the Bhawalpur medals? I am still looking. If anyone has any now, please let me know. Regards, Yasser. Hi, Yasser, I can only refer you to my not-particularly-helpful post # 16 above, which mentioned an unnamed supplier in Birmingham, England, who at one time was selling "replica" medals with new, snappy ribbons. The medals were not particularly expensive, so it might be worth it to just buy the medal and use the ribbon...if only someone could find the name of the supplier. Good luck, Hugh
  2. Thanks for these inputs. From my limited time with the Aussies on parade and in the field, brim up seems to be on parade and down is in the field, just as you say, The Americans would have a regulation for it.
  3. Type 56 (AK-47) Rifle

    Thanks for this additional commentary, Sahil. H
  4. Thanks for this. It's a handsome trinket. And thanks to Dave for the "how-to-wear" illustration. Hugh
  5. So is someone going to show the unwashed amongst us a picture of this badge?
  6. The Maltese cross is also very reminiscent of the UK George Cross which was presented to the island's population for their heroism during WW II. UK George Cross
  7. Thanks for this, Windu. I'm guessing there would be lots of these, at least in the lower grades. Do you have any idea about award criteria: Civil vs. military (or both)? Was it an automatic award after a certain number of years of service? Best, Hugh
  8. Well done, Emmanuel! A nice find. Best, Hugh
  9. Quite an impressive set of gongs. I'm a little surprised that he didn't get a "V" for his Bronze Star nor Oak Leaf Clusters for his Air Medal. These medals (unmounted) have the look of being just out of the box. Perhaps he never had the chance to get all the doodads on the ribbons. Or perhaps it's a set of replacements after he left active service.
  10. I have a similar one give to me in Hong Kong in the late '70's. I'll be curious to see what answers you get. Best, Hugh
  11. Unknown medal.

    I wonder if you've looked at Argentina as a source. Take a look at the sun in the center of their flag. Because this has only one face, I suspect this may not be an official national medal. Perhaps an honorary society, etc. Best, Hugh
  12. Perhaps I'm the last one in the world to discover it, but I have just chanced upon the Times (London) History of World War I online (link below). It has been running for 156 weeks, so I'm a bit slow. However, it's a very engaging series - written in the 20's from contemporary reports and some wonderful photographs. I haven't had time to delve too deep, but it appears that they haven't put all chapters into the site. Well worth a look. Best, Hugh https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a08b60ce-1773-11e6-b4ba-d249b128bacc
  13. Peter / Richie, Thanks for your comments. I was almost positive it couldn't have been guided. The US Navy began testing on their Terrier SAM in the early '50's. As a former AA weapons guy, I can't envision how the Z Batteries could have been effective without some form of guidance or fire control / prediction system, and the warhead obviously wasn't big enough to have much of a kill radius. On the other hand, using a line of them to hoist a network of wires to enmesh incoming aircraft might have been marginally effective if deployed at exactly the right instant. Rather like an antisubmarine net in a harbor. On the whole, sounds like one of Winston's less brilliant projects. I shudder to think how the money / effort could have been better spent. Best, Hugh
  14. Saw these images on Martin Cherrett's World War II Today blog today (Thanks, Martin). I was unaware that the UK (or anyone) had deployed anti-aircraft rockets (See caption) during WW II. I don't see any control surfaces to permit steering for a guidance system, so I imagine it must have been a saturation weapon, launched in masses? Can anyone identify the weapon and tell us more about it? For those who may not know Martin's excellent blog, you can find it at http://ww2today.com/5th-july-1942-british-reman-confident-despite-setbacks?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WorldWarIIToday+(World+War+II+Today*+)&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail Thanks, Hugh Home Guard soldiers load an anti-aircraft rocket at a ‘Z’ Battery on Merseyside, 6 July 1942 Anti-aircraft rocket or ‘Z’ Battery manned by the Home Guard on Merseyside, 6 July 1942.
  15. Thanks for the amplifying comments. Now if we could just get them to trim the thicket of non-substantive awards. H