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  1. "United States Army Schools" badges

    Thank you very much for your help - Sorry for the late reply. It seems that both the "big" and the "abbreviated" form are used by foreign graduates: (Click on picture to enlarge) Each picture corresponds to a different Spanish Army officer graduated from the United States Army Field Artillery School.
  2. Hi folks What are these badges intended for (instructors, alumni, graduates...)? They seem to be composed by the shield of an US Army School placed on top pf a common back "shield": US Army Military Police School: US Army Infantry School: US Army Ordnance School: Thanks in advance
  3. Capitan Tirso de La Cal Diez

    The two ribbons at the right on the lower row are those of the 1958 long service crosses for NCO's... http://www.coleccionesmilitares.com/medallas/texto/constancia.htm How could a guy who was a captain in the 1940's be awarded two crosses for NCO's that were created in 1958? The story behind your ribbon bar does not make sense to me. Best regards
  4. Spanish ribbon bar

    My grandfather joined the Spanish Marine Corps when the 1936-1939 Spanish civil war broke, and in his late years he used a "American Style" ribbon bar much like the one posted by Noor. That style is now standard-issue in the Spanish Armed Forces... it seems to me that some Spanish top brass officers tend to think that adopting US-style uniforms and related stuff shall make our servicemen better soldiers... The Medal for Peace in Morocco dated back to 1927 but it was an hereditary award. Therefore it could be worn by a soldier that served well after the 1920's Spanish campaign in northern Africa. The red ribbon can not definitely be that of the Medal of Alfonso XIII - that medal was created for those who attended to the act when Alfonso XIII sworn in as king in 1902, and the medal of the 25 Years of Peace was created in 1964 for the veterans that served in the 1936-1939 war... 62 years of service are definitely too many years... On the other hand, I dislike the fact that the Spanish Blue Division campaign medal is "alone"... I would expect also a EK or KVK ribbon and the German medal for the Spanish volunteers... of course that guy could have served in non-frontline units of the Blue Division, but the lack of at least one German award is a bit strange to me. And bear in mind that I can go right now to a Spanish military dealer and purchase a brand new, made-to-order ribbon bar much like that one for about 30EUR.
  5. Cruz De Guerra's

    I would say closer to the 40's rather than the 60's... but that's just my gut feeling. Bear in mind that the bulk of the medals were made just after the war end... later batches should have been mainly restrikes to be sold as replacements. It's true that hundreds of Ega?a-made medals are sold today, but I think they are either unissued batches or modern restrikes with original dies made by a "smart guy". On the other hand, quality of mass produced Spanish military awards has drop from acceptable to simply mediocre with time... so I would tend to think "the older the better" ergo "the better the older". That applies to custom made, deluxe items, but in a lesser degree. I've seen another Cruz de Guerra with three bars (three awards). It seems that nationalist soldiers received decorations for SCW service in a point system basis after the war ended. On the other hand, a few crosses were awarded during the war for single acts of bravery. So several cross could be won. On the other hand, as I wrote foreign "volunteers" received only a bravery award when the war ended... After all, they received also awards from their own government - Spanish awards should be some sort of "souvenir"... hard-earned "souvenirs" in some cases. The people that hold their records told me that they have documents from 1956 to 1986. So I would say that the activities of the company ended that year. On the other hand, manufacturing of short batches of medals would not be profitable for a industrial firm, so I would tend to think that the company changed to other products after the big contracts ended. But that's just a gut feeling - I have not checked the records of the company. Please read my comment to italianpolitic above.
  6. Cruz De Guerra's

    Just my thoughts: Both Spanish War Crosses posted by Gordon were made by Ega?a; subtle diferencies are indeed due to different dies and/or different batches. Ega?a company won several huge contratcs ordered by victorious nationalists, and they had to produce several thousands of medals - hence the need to have several die sets. On the other hand, it's true that nationalists had several of their medals made abroad (Italy) during the war, but I am pretty sure the Ega?a company did not subcontract abroad. Some years ago I contacted a foundation that keeps the now-defunct Ega?a company records looking for info on their 1930-1940 activities and products, but it seems that their records from that decade are lost. As the company used forced labour after the war (republican political prisoners), I think the owners could have destroyed their recors of that era after Franco's death to avoid embarrasing investigations. About the enameled cross posted by italianpolitic I think it does not match the document; each foreigner that fought alognside the Spanish nationalist side (Germans, Italians) received only one decoration for bravery when the war ended, and that cross has a second bar for a second awarding. What's more, I have seen the silver content and hexagon-shaped Spanish hallmarks in several Spanish medals and badges made after 1940, and therefore I think that cross was custom-made for a Spanish SCW veteran, who received the award twice. Diferent coloured War Crosses were introduced in 1942, according to the rank of the recipient. But the colour difference was in the sunburst - not in the wreath/central motif. The one posted by italianpolitic is the first enameled War Cross I have ever seen and, as long as more enameles crosses fail to appear, I would say it was either from a short deluxe batch or a rather unique extravaganza. Best regards
  7. Living Veterans of the Spanish Civil War?

    My grandfather (first row, second from left) and some of his fellow comrades of the Spanish Infanter?a de Marina (Marine Corps), November 1941. Still alive and about to be 90 years old, he was just 17 when SCW broke, joining Spanish Marine Corps, where his father served in the 1920's North African campaigns. My grandfather did not serve in front line units but garrison duties, and after the war he became a "lifer" and retired as a captain after about 34 years of service. Interestingly, he never took his fidelity oath, as there was little time for such "formalities" during the war... he was given a bolt-action rifle, and shooting some rounds in an improvised range was enough to become automatically a Infante de Marina (Marine). Of course he attended the NCO's school after the war, but the oath was never taken. The well decorated soldier on the second row (second front right) saw a lot of combat, indeed - note ribbon bars and collective, embroidered awards on his left sleeve.
  8. I would need to check the original Heer regulations establishing the 'ESPA?A' Spanish volunteers (Blue Division) armshield. I have checked my sources (Littlejohn, Scurr, etc) but I could not find them. Any clue about how to find them? The 'ESPA?A' armshield was used as a service badge in Spain after WWII by Blue Division veterans serving in the armed forces, and the info mentioned above would be useful to my study on the 20th century Spanish armed forces badges & insignia. Best regards
  9. LA MEDALLA MILITAR

    That guy is wearing the single eight-pointed star of a Spanish comandante (major). Therefore his German rank should be Hauptmann (captain).
  10. New pick up's

    Wings are OK. Texts are wrong.
  11. New pick up's

    The Spanish section of that website is a pile of crap. The wings posted above are 1946-1975 era Spanish observer wings. The eagle on yoke-and-arrows and the cross on red-yellow-red ribbons are IMHO fantasy items. The other items seem to be genuine AFAIK IMHO there are no connections between those items... just a "made up" "veteran group".
  12. Italian Legion medals for Spain

    IMHO Hendrik is absolutely right: -The "streaking warrior" medal with the Nazi/Fascist reverse is a 1938 unofficial medal. -The medal with the "crowned lady" obverse and the "streakingh warrior and old lady" reverse is the official 1940 medal for Italian volunteers in Spain. Obviously the "crowned lady" is not a representation of the Italian republic... what is more, the medal for Italian volunteers in "Africa Orientale Italiana" (Italian Western Africa) has the same obverse and a similar reverse but with aded Fasces.
  13. Civil war helmet?

    Not Spanish or Spain-related to me. Have a look at this page: http://www.cascoscoleccion.com/ Best regards
  14. Third Reich era book about SCW German awards

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  15. Third Reich era book about SCW German awards

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