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  1. Lukasz Gaszewski

    2 Cuban Awards

    Mmmm, traditionally I am coming too late - wish I had seen your post earlier :( I wonder what the blue ribbon with white edges (fourth in the before last row) could be from.
  2. Lukasz Gaszewski

    A happy Egyptian couple in the 1970s

    Am I right to see also the ribbon of the Sinai Star on the top of his ribbons?
  3. Lukasz Gaszewski

    2 Cuban Awards

    A beautiful Cuban Order of Solidarity. Great acquisition indeed, I truly envy. I have been looking for it for a long time. Below you can find the list of the ribbon bars from your photo. The remaining three are unknown to me at the moment, but they are most probably Czechoslovak as well. The tunic certainly belonged to a high-ranking Czechoslovak military and comes from the 2nd half of 1980s. Order of Lenin (USSR) Order of Victorious February (CSSR) Order of Red Star (CSSR) Order of Labour (CSSR) Order of Scharnhorst (GDR) Order of Ho-Shi-Minh (Vietnam ?) Order of Solidarity (Cuba) Medal for Defense of the Homeland (CSSR) Medal for Strengthening Brotherhood in Arms 2. Class (CSSR) Medal for Service to the Homeland (CSSR) Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" (USSR) Medal "Brotherhood in Arms" 1. Class (GDR) Commemorative Medal - 50th Anniv. of Founding Czech Communist Party (CSSR) Commemorative Medal - 25th Anniv. of Victorious February (CSSR) National Security Corps Medal (CSSR) Commemorative Medal - 30th Anniv. of Liberation by the Red Army (CSSR) Commemorative Medal - 40th Anniv. of Liberation by the Red Army (CSSR) Jubilee Medal "60 Years of AF USSR" (USSR) Medal "40 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45" (USSR) Medal "30 Years of Bulgarian People's Army" (Bulgaria) Medal "40 Years of Socialist Bulgaria" (Bulgaria) 30th Anniversary of National People's Army Medal (GDR) 30th Anniversary of Revolutionary Armed Forces Medal (Cuba) ??? Medal of the Association of Antifascist Fighters (CSSR) ??? Medal "90th Anniversary of Georgi Dimitrov's Birthday" (Bulgaria ?) ??? Medal "1200 Years of Kiev" (USSR) Decoration of Liberated Political Prisoners (CSSR) Ministry decoration (CSSR) Ministry decoration (CSSR)
  4. My pleasure! There is one more hint that Ehm's photo was taken closer to 1977 (probably soon after his promotion to full admiral). On the photo he is wearing the ribbon of the early type of the Ehrentitel Verdienter Angehöriger der Nationalen Volksarmee (last in the second row). Apparently he was in the first group of military awarded with that decoration. The Ehrentitel was established in 1975, but already in 1977 its form changed completely and the recipients were requested to replace it with the new medal.
  5. Hello, with all respect, IMHO the identification of the Cuban Order of Ernesto Che Guevara is incorrect. Unfortunately, I do not have the complete list of Ehm's awards, still the photo of the admiral, taken between 1977 and 1978 (and the dating of the photo seems correct) can be helpful here. The photo depicts Ehm already wearing the ribbon of the said order. In fact, (leaving aside ribbon width) it cannot be the Order of Che Guevara, as it was established only in December 1979, i.e. 1-2 years after the photo was taken! So if not the Order of Che Guevara, what then can it be? IMO it is the Yugoslav Order of Military Merit 1st Class. In 1960s and 1970s several high-ranking DDR military were awarded with that order. It is possible that Ehm was one of them. The width of the ribbon also goes well with it. See here.
  6. Lukasz Gaszewski

    Medal Identification

    Hi Kevin, top row: Large Silver Medal for Bravery (Austro-Hungary) Small Silver Medal for Bravery (Austro-Hungary) Bronze "Signim Laudis" Medal (Kingdom of Hungary) Charles Troops Cross - for front service (Austro-Hungary) WWI Commemorative Medal f. Combatants (Kingdom of Hungary) middle row: Wound Medal w. ribbon f. 2 wounds (Austro-Hungary) and badge for war disabled on it (Kingdom of Hungary) National Defense Cross (Kingdom of Hungary) bottom row: WWI Commemorative Medal f. Combatants (Austrian Republic) WWI Commemorative Medal (Kingdom of Bulgaria) Return of Transylvania Commemorative Medal (Kingdom of Hungary) Return of Upper Hungary Commemorative Medal (Kingdom of Hungary) below shield: Decoration of Hero (Vitez) (Kingdom of Hungary) - I believe it should be placed higher, as it was a highly respected Hungarian military award. Unfortunately the photo is too small to see your great grandfather's rank. A-H bravery medals were awarded to non-commissioned ranks, but the "Signum Laudis" suggests he was subsequently promoted to officer in the Kingdom of Hungary.
  7. Lukasz Gaszewski

    Polish WW2 & Later Medal / Badge Group

    Hi, your identification is generally correct. I will allow myself to add my two bits. The silver multi-rectangular badge is the decoration of merit to the construction and construction materials industry. The oval one is a commemorative one from a trade unions congress. What regards the BPS badge, the abbreviation comes from 'Brigades of Socialist Labour.' In short, teams of workers declared they would expand the labour plan by so and so much, and depending on how much they succeeded they got the decoration in gold, silver or bronze + usually a bonus of free holidays, refrigerator or tv-set. I believe teams like that were popular in other countries of the bloc as well. The eagle is a contemporary collar badge, worn by general officers today. No idea how it found itself with the other badges. Although fairly popular, the Grunwald Badge is perhaps the most interesting of all badges here. It roughly corresponds to US CIB and means that the recipient served on the front. And one more thing: the silver medal on the right commemorated not the 20th but the 10th anniversary of the republic. It was established in 1954. I tried to identify the guy, but the name is too popular. Even the double name did not give any results.
  8. Lukasz Gaszewski

    Socialist Yugoslavia Fakes!

    You can always try your luck, contact seller and offer your price. It works sometimes. The seller chose the "buy it now" option, which may suggest he is open to negotiations. Good luck!
  9. Lukasz Gaszewski

    Not Sure

    Hi, these are the unit badges of 65th Infantry Regiment. During the Korean War it was within 3rd Infantry Division, which goes well with the medals and other insignia on display. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States) Best, Lukasz
  10. Nice... The first is the Cross of Deported to Siberia, a state-awarded decoration of 2003, conferred to Polish citizens deported into the USSR (not only to Siberia), following the Soviet attack on Poland of September 17, 1939. The second is a Cross of Merit of the Association of the Deported to Siberia, an organizational award.
  11. I have looked into my sources. There were 112 recipients (24 Poles and 88 foreigners) between 1921 and 1939. Some sources say 111, as one (Stanislaw Car, awarded posthumously in 1938) is not always included. I have not found any source which would prove that kings Fuad and Farouk, as well as Camillo Perini were ever awarded. With Göring, there was a rumour a few years ago, made by a Polish journalist who insisted that Göring was would be awarded in 1936, but the award was kept secret (!) after the war. Later on, it turned out that he simply mistook the Yugoslav Order of the White Eagle (which Göring indeed did have) with its Polish counterpart, but the affair started living its own life. What regards Mr Wesolowski's book, I have no idea where he got his 95 recipients from. Wesolowski did a great thing, as he was probably the first person who wrote about Polish orders and medals in English. The bad thing about him is that he did not bother to update his figures in subsequent editions, even when access to the sources was facilitated.
  12. Polish Wiki gives the complete list of 24 Polish (including 3 presidents ex officio) and 88 foreign recipients between 1921 and 1939, with the exact date of each award. https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_Or%C5%82a_Bia%C5%82ego#II_Rzeczpospolita_.28lista_pe.C5.82na.29
  13. You are right, it is Yugoslav. I found it out. It is the medal for construction of the bridge on the Danube River after WWII.
  14. Lukasz Gaszewski

    New book on Egyptian orders and medals

    I got my copy this month and I must admit I am very glad I have it. Although most of the decorations described in the book are not alien to me, there are some I had no idea of. Certainly, I can imagine that the book might contain more information, especially about recipients, still it is probably the most complete work on the historical and contemporary orders and medals of Egypt so far. The edition is excellent, all pictures are big and although collected from different sources, their quality is more than satisfactory. Of course if you want to use the book as a reference, not only as a source of pictures, the knowledge of at least basic Arabic is a must. A summary in English would certainly be an asset. Anyway, my big respect to the author for a really good job indeed! I am not disappointed and I can recommend the book to all interested in Egyptian honours. What regards the stamps on the envelope, I Iiked them very much. I wonder if somebody had a closer look on who they depicted. It is the late Pope Shenouda III, the Pariarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. To me these stamps are one more proof that Egypt can take well from the richness of its history and cultural heritage.
  15. Lukasz Gaszewski

    HELP- which branch? Hungarian wintercoat (major)

    I think it is General Staff. The black may have faded over the years.
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