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Troy Tempest

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  1. Was the correct name for the Hindenburg Cross the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkampfer? I want to start a new section on my site and also to start a makers mark database here for the HK's, (I have 27 different makers so far) but I'm not sure as to the proper name of the award? I'm guessing the English translation for that is Honour Cross for Combatants or something similar? Also, just to push my luck, could anyone help me with the correct German names for the three different classes? Mit Schwerten für (combatants), Ohne Schwerten für (non-combatants) Ohne Schwerten für (widows?). Forgive my clumsly attempts at German! I have 23 swords, 2 no swords and 2 widows so far, and growing!
  2. Hi gents, I'm sorry if this has been discussed before, but could someone tell me if it's true or not that non-magnetic 1914 EKIIs were issued to the German navy, because of rust issues? I bought four EKIIs from a guy in Germany, very happy with three of them, but one was non-magnetic. I asked if I could return it and get a refund, as I thought it was fake, and this is the reply I received, via a translator program: "Hello, it does not concern a forgery, rather around a rarity. With the navy no iron core was used, rust danger. You can read up this in the technical literature. The best greeting." Is this true or have I been taken for a ride here? The amount of money is not a lot, less than 30 euros, but I'd like to know whether or not that is a plausable answer. Thanks!
  3. Good evening again gents! I received three Belgium medals today, and would just like to check on the correct name of them please! The first was labelled Belgium Decoration for labour gold crown:
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    1914 EK1 Maker Mark help

    Thanks Don
  5. Good evening gents! This arrived today, and while I was checking the makers mark, I couldn't find a maker '2' for 1914 EK1s, only 1939. Does this mean this one is a dud? Thanks as always in advance!
  6. Good afternoon gents! Did any MVK2's come with a makers mark on one of the arms of the cross? I'm not sure if this makes it genuine or suspicious? Thanks as always!
  7. Once again I find myself out of my depth gents! Here is another French piece that just arrived, and I have no idea what it is. I did a cursory internet search and came up short. As always, merci!
  8. Thanks Jock! I'll see if I can get some better photos.
  9. Hello again gents! Does anyone have any opinions on this buckle please? I apologise for the photos, they are the only two available for me. Thanks in advance as always!
  10. Hello again gents! Could someone please let me know what the last medal on this bar is please? The third medal is a Prussian 15 year service medal I think? However, I have not been able to identify the fourth medal on the bar. Danke!
  11. Thanks fellers! Do you think this is good value at $165US?
  12. Good morning gents! This arrived yesterday, I've tried to find out more about it, is it a 1934 version of the cross of voluntary military services? The ribbon is for a gold version I believe, but the only listing I can find on Medal Medaille shows a version with a different shaped front and rear centre piece. As I know next to nothing about French awards I throw myself on your mercy! Merci!
  13. Guten morgan mein herr! I recently had this four piece medal bar arrive, is the last medal a Prussian 9 year service medal? If so, why would there be a Mecklenburg MVK II on the bar? Can anyone help me bitte! Danke!
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    French Medal Help Please!

    Thanks Hugh!
  15. Good evening gents! This just arrived, and I'm wondering if anyone here can tell me is it a mail sack or some other kind of sack? Can anyone tell me what the letters mean or stand for? I was guessing the letter H was for Heer? With these sacks, and I've seen others with different years on them, is there a front and a rear? Thanks again!
  16. Hi Jock and Eric Thanks for the replies, Jock, I will look inside the sack this weekend and see if it's marked on both sides. Eric, what do you mean about wartime copies? Were these illegally made during the war for criminal purposes? How would you know if it was a copy or not?