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Alex K

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  1. Hi all, I have another medal identification medal request, Max von Hausen's medal bar has what appears to be from what I can see, a KUK long service medal after his EK2 (1870), from what I know, he never served in the Kuk, the medal after that one appears to be a Saxon Long service award which would make sense, no other Saxon award seems to fit, am I right or have I got it completely wrong, if I have any ideas as to what the mystery one is? any help, appreciated as usual regards Alex K edit, the only other one that half matches is this one but I thought this was a female only award so I'm counting it out
  2. Hi amazing! thanks for the information, I think you are spot on, another medal to add to my database, didn't know about this one regards and Thanks
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    Polish Militari Virtuti

    Hi Gordon, that's my main interest, it unfortunately painfully slow
  4. I have in my collection an example of the Polish order Virtuti Militari, 5th class; I have always considered this to be an authentic piece. Some basic research indicates that this award is in fact is rare, if totally pre war original. Does anyone know if this is a pre-war original or post war Panasiuk replacement for an original, and if it is, does that make it a fake? thanks .
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    Polish Militari Virtuti

    Thanks, I've looked everywhere so far but without success, maybe one day!
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    Polish Militari Virtuti

    A further belated update, Major Tarkowski was killed by sniper fire on the 22nd May whilst leading an attack on Piedemonte. By chance I came across these images from the imperial War Museum (Image Credits), showing the moment that the groupr of snipers responsible for, amongst others the death of Major Tarkowski, Paul Minich the man in charge f the sniper party is shown surrendering and being searched, the caption reads "He was just pulled out of a bunker manned by three German paratroopers (commanded by Minich), responsible for death (amongst others) of Major Ludomir Tarkowski, the Deputy CO of the 5th Battalion, 2nd Brigade (3rd Carpathian Rifles Division, 2nd Polish Corps), shot dead on 22 May. Major Tarkowski was leading an assault on Piedimonte. The pillbox was discovered when AFPU cameramen, Sergeants Johnson and Barnes wanted Lesiak to stage a prisoner taking operation. At the same precise time the Germans decided to surrender" Interesting, All this time and I still havn't found an image of Major Tarkowski
  7. Hi thanks for the additional information, true, special classes are seen so infrequently seen, images are difficult or impossible find, the ones you posted are amazing. regards Alex
  8. Hi Laurentius, wow, thanks for the quick reply and images, very nice item, I wondered if it was a special class, as all my efforts to find information on it drew a blank, much appreciated. regards Alex
  9. Hi all, I don't mean to hijack the thread but I've found an image similar to the one posted, which seems to show Leopold wearing the Grand cross sash and badge of the house order, however the badge shows what could be described as Laurel devices between the arms, I can't seem to find any reference to it, the badge itself is reversed, apologies but anyone know anything about it. regards Alex k
  10. Hi all, another identification request, Carl Eduard, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha medal bar, any of our VERY clued up members recognise the one indicated, I think, think it is coinage head with possibly some device suspension partially hidden by the ribbon, (Could be wrong), I've got all the rest. any help appreciated regards Alex K
  11. Hi Guys, thanks for the input, my personal thinking is the Carl Eduard medal for Arts and Science, what do you think? regards Alex K
  12. Old age, I know the feeling
  13. Hi all, just a quick question, does anyone recognise who this rather distinguished VC winner is, any help appreciated regards Alex K
  14. Hi Larry thanks for the additional info, very interesting link regards Alex
  15. Whilst looking, I came across this interesting image, both the VC AND Iron Cross, no name unfortunately, image credit indicated
  16. Hi Peter thanks for the response, I'll try your suggestions for some google searches, might come up with some other named images, regards Alex Update, found him https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_William_Pitcher
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    Bringing History to life...

    As a collector of awards decorations and medals I sit there looking at my little baubles for many hours. sometimes I stray to other forums, As it happens I visited the GWF (Great War Forum) and came across some very nice colourised B/W photo's which gave a degree of reality to the period, soooo, I thought I'd have a go, as it's a bit different, attached are two of my first attempts, Any comments appreciated. The first is Witzigheer, and the second is Molders. I have others but at this moment of time can't vouch for the ownership of the photo's so won't post. regards Alex K
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    Alexei Evert unknown decoration.

    Hi as an update, I knew I had a similar image on file, it's a TIFF image (Whopping 39.5mb), I was able to zoom right in to capture a higher quality image, just for interest Now that I look, they're everywhere! this guys wearing one too
  19. Hi all, a bit of help if possible, I came across this image of Alexei Evert in all his splendour, unfortunately I cant identify one breast star, I don't think it's imperial Russian, any ideas, all help appreciated regards Alex K
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    Alexei Evert unknown decoration.

    Hi yes I've seen that image before but never spotted the star on his right breast, nice decoration though, I believe that it had a red sash and possibly a sash badge
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    Alexei Evert unknown decoration.

    Hi Thanks for the info, I'll check it out, nice image by the way regards Alex edit, Just checked Megan's site, spot on, thanks, a pretty rare medal to find info on.
  22. Wow! thanks for the quick reply, useful to know, regards Alwx
  23. Hi all, another unidentified medal on Scheer's bar, His "Wicki" page list some, but not all, but those listed don't seem to tally with the one indicated, any ideas, also his Iron Crown appears to have the obverse central shield with the F monogram un-enamelled, did they exist? As usual any help appreciated Alex K
  24. Hi yet another award in my collection, I believe it to the the Order of Military Merit 6th class. Does this have the correct ribbon? and secondly, I have seen other pieces which have the Cypher on the obverse central medallion, My piece has a tricolour enamelled centre, as they only differ in the central medallion, would this identify any specific period that it would have been awarded? Thanks for any input regards Alex K