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  1. Freikorps EK2 ?

    I wondered about that too-where was the 442nd? Also, where was the Queen Elizabeth Garde Regiment in the fall of 1918?
  2. The "Infamous" "Medal detective"

    This guy is either an uber-patriot con man or a con man using emotive patriotism. Word on the street is he has hopes to get the sale banned, then lobby Congress to fund his Purple Heart Memorial Center and pay himself to be Executive Director of course. He has mastered the process of using modern US media to create " false" but feel good stories-combining a straw man enemy of " greedy businessmen profiting off the deaths of heroes" with a feel-good story about a " lost" item being returned to distant family members. Recently he " returned" a " Purple Heart Death Diploma" issued by the state of Vermont to a family of dustant relatives ( 3rd cousins twice removed) of a poor 18 year old guy who died of flu and never left Vermont in 1918. It made a great photo op and he stated that " greedy, nasty eBay gun-type collectors" who drove the price up". The 24 year old journlist did not know, nor care that dying of flu did not merit a Purple Heart. It's about selling advertising in the papers-and pathos sells. I heard that the certificate is now apparently in the back of the family garage, ready to be tossed out in the next de-cluttering. The free market is brutal-if you can not sell it, why would you pay to send it to the "Purple Heart Museum"? You won't -and these medals will go into the garbage. This guy was apparently also a trump Campaign county director and has been lobbying hard for his poposed " Purple Heart ban" .
  3. A nice, unexciting little group-ex Baden Regt. 109, then in Landwehr in middle age. I see no Bavarian LS certificate, so he probably just used the BLS ribbon for his manouvre souviner medal.
  4. That Westphalian bravery medl is awesome! Bavery in the Retreat from Moscow! In the Guard Jaegers! That is beyond cool!
  5. That is a great little group. Note he got the Militaerverdeinstkreuz 2x as an NCO and then a year later got the BMVO4x!
  6. USA Ribbon Bars

    Not only pilots, flight crew qualified too- and I would bet this guy ended his career as a Major. Note The USAAC good conducts- followed by only one USAF good conduct-6/9 years total enlisted time. But two NCO schools AND 24 years (+) based on the longevity ribbon. Career from@ 1953-1978-ish? When was the long tour deployment ribbon created?
  7. Medal group

    very cool bar!
  8. etiopia & angola

    That Junta badge is cool and I bet has some history
  9. Well, those are rare as rare can be. The Orders are detaied in Orden magazine from 1980 or thereabouts-
  10. An Ethiopian ( Derg) Campaign medal

    I have long suspected that the Ethiopian Derg regime, once the Marxists had eliminated their opposition on the "Council", reissued the nations' more popular medals, probably around 1980 or so. While my struggles with the Amharic dictionary are still epic, I have recently had a bit of a breakthrough with this medal. My imprecise translation is that the medal commemorates "Struggle against Fascist Aggression" with the dates, 1928-1933. Given the Ethiopians follow the old style Julian calender, this translates to 1935-1940, or the years of the Italian-Ethiopian war. Thus, I believe I can now (tentatively) identify this mysterious medal as a reissue, almost certainly made in the GDR (or Czechoslovakia), of the earlier Patriotic War Medal, which had featured the bust of the Emperor, Hale Selassie. There seems to have been also a reissue of the refugees' medal, which also had incorporated the Emperor's likeness and the Victory Star, as a medal. Note also that there are two "types" of this medal, with a slightly different inscription on the planchet. Also, what I presume to be a later version seems to be lighter in weight and made of a cupro-alloy, not (faux?) bronze (as here).
  11. An Ethiopian ( Derg) Campaign medal

    Is the ribbon on the Derg refugee medal a Nigerian one? I reckon the Resistance planchet got swapped over- but maybe there was a rare variation? The Negerat was published right through the Mengistu collapse, so perhaps it can clear up some question. The LOC has a full run.
  12. In late 1919 Sinn Fein began to gear up for a war to take over Ireland. One of the first steps they took, besides organizing, was to attempt to garnish funds. As ever, their allies in the USA, a group of largely Irish immigrants centered around large cities, supplied cash, moral support and passion. I found this at my local flea market under a book that I literally picked up off the table for my cousin Rick (A History of Chelmsford in World War Two with biographies and medals awarded, a massive tome...mine for a mere $10). My hand literally trembled as I reached down for it amidst the old tax receipts from Boston and 100 year old Valentines cards.... This is one of the bonds sold by the IRA in its American campaign for support. Sold via the IRB and AOH, as well as advertised in newspapers, the IRA raised millions of US $ for their war. I got this for $1.....my find of the year.
  13. This is a postcard I picked up last Summer at the local swap meet. It was taken in late 1914 (?) and shows the kindly looking Srgnt. Michael Brophy in Canada (note cap badge). He is an acting Sergeant and obviously was pulled back in to train the vast number of new recruits that flooded into the recruiting offices after the call went out to defend the Empire. The interesting thing is .............would he...DID he, qualify for the BWM as well? Brophey served in the Crimea and was a hero at Sevastopol . Indeed, a quick google search shows he was a bit of a marksman and trench raider in 1855/56 and received the French Medal Militaire as a Lance Corporal. Later he got the Fenian Raid medal and the "army/navy veterans' cross" (whatever that is). Note he is also wearing an active service badge on his right pocket. Imagine THAT group- with a BWM - in an auction.......
  14. I'd love to see photos of vets with these. Brandon Gauthier has a number of superb shots and examples. He is up in Vermont and has a web site: www.portraitsofwar. . Its worth a look.
  15. The more I look at this, the more I go hmmmmmmmmmm.......almost like a piece of Coro had a tughra inner core added. Yet, too complex and nice- and unique to be costume jewelry methinks. Owain? Owain? By the way Gordon, how's the Hungarian collecting going? I had lunch with one of Pal Mater's' insurgent body guards yesterday. He has an album of unpublished photos of '56- before Andropov dropped the hammer.
  16. Drone pilot Medals buried....

    Yup. Cool huh?
  17. perhaps he lied.That's why I wondered about the Bund of German Jewish War veterans.
  18. Well, not really, but I am very surprised he is a Catholic and not Jewish. Kind of an interesting for its pedestrianness, " all over the place, but nothing unusual: been there, did it" war for this guy. I got briefly excited by the demob. stamps as I misread it as " Party Comrades...btln. unit", but then retead it and realized my error. If you ever want to sell........
  19. Ask Demir. He often haunts the TWM site on Facebook.
  20. Do I see an EK2/HKx/Austrian bravery w/bar and Hungarian WW1 medal?
  21. Nice original ribbon. I think 45 Euros is fair.
  22. Drone pilot Medals buried....

    Brandon recounts in his book getting an ARCOM with V device - along with his entire company- for a minutes long firefight in Iraq against insurgents in a Mosque- allegedly. Smith was never completely sure that anyone was actually firing back and the incident might well have been a " jumpy shot" catalyzing a mass unit reaction. The implication was he got a medal merely for firing at what might have been an empty building.
  23. Japanese Islamic Society medal

    Is this contemporary?