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  1. Gunner 1

    Yugoslav Plaques

    paja: You are correct that the initials SSRNH are intertwined on the center front of the plaque. The plaque is 45mm in diameter. The top of the case is below. The case is 97mm wide and 108mm from top to bottom.
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    Yugoslav Plaques

    Paja: A plaque that came with a group of Yugoslav medals. My understanding is that the obverse is the symbol of the Socialist Alliance of Working People of Croatia and the reverse commemorates the First Conference of JNOF (National Liberation Front of Yugoslavia) at Topusko on 18 May 1944.
  3. Eric: I forgot to mention that it has an IKOM hallmark and is numbered '154357.'
  4. A box for a 3rd Class that I have not seen before. The reverse of the third class order contained in the box has been converted from screw back to a vertical pin back with ZIN KOVINICA. Folded in the box was an award document and a second document that I have not yet identified.
  5. The EF9 Form was sent to officers to fill out and return in order to be eligible for Great War medals. The date indicates the receipt of the completed form by the Army Medal Office. Canadians who left Canada and disembarked in the UK during the war were awarded the British War Medal. As Rumble lived in Canada and was a member of the Canadian Field Artillery he probably earned his BWM in this manner. Rumble was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery Special Reserve on 24 June 1917, He was promoted Lieutenant, RGA SR on 24 December 1918. His service papers are available at The National Archives under WO 339/85182. Regards, Gunner 1
  6. Yes, there is the Liudi I Nagrazhdeniia section of Podvig Naroda (www.podvignaroda.ru) that gives the award sheets and orders for Soviet decorations during the Great Patriotic War but you have to know the soldier's full name and be able to read Russian.
  7. The problem I see with miniature groups is that you may be able to show that the group is 'made-up' but it is almost impossible to 'prove' that the miniature group was ever worn by the recipient, even when the miniature group accompanies a full-sized group. I have seen a number of examples of full-sized groups sold without miniatures which later reappear with miniature groups, some even 'named.' Gunner 1
  8. Many years ago my wife and daughter purchased a 6 foot high, 7 foot wide and 48 inch deep oak cabinet for me at auction , It has two rows of 17 drawers each with a drawer depth of a little over two inches. It is oak and was constructed in the late 1800s. I have been using it for over 20 years and have had no problem with silver items tarnishing over that time. The items are displayed on acid-free felt with an inch and half thick acid-free foam underneath. My guess is that any gases from the oak have long ago disappeared. The fact that the humidity is usually less than 15% probably also plays a role. I would mention that if you are storing medals, badges or other militaria in a safe that is closed for a long time you need to have a desicant in the safe to absorb any moisture. Make sure that the plastic medal envelopes that are used to store medals do not contain plastic softners in them as these will turn silver and bronze items a slimy green over a long period of time.
  9. seb16trs: I will be interested in your findings. I have a Partisan Star #2376 that was awarded to a Soviet Lieutenant on 30 April 1945 under the same order number as the one you illustrate. The recipient of the Star was killed in action near Vukovar on 8 December 1944. As you may be aware, a relatively large number of certificates for US decorations awarded to Soviets came on the market some time after the break up of that country. I wonder if the Soviets withheld the issuance of foreign medals to Soviet personnel after the war and that these were held in storage and 'liberated' when the Soviet Union dissolved (certainly during the war foreign medals were awarded to Soviets as there are numerous photos of Soviet personnel wearing them - i.e. the US Distinguished Service Medal to Pokryshkin)? It is also possible that some (many) of the Partisan Stars awarded to Soviets in 1945 were posthumous and that they were never sent to the next-of-kin, but rather held in government vaults and either stolen or released by the government during, or after, the breakup. If, as your small database suggest, there is a large number of these Partisan Stars, with certificates, being released in a short period of time, it would seem to imply that they were held by the government rather than being released to the recipients or their next-of-kin and somehow came on to the market.
  10. Gunner 1

    The First Class of Medal of the Defending Republic

    For anyone interested in this order and medals the September-October issue of The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America has an article titled "The Order and Medal of the Defending Republic" by Yin Lun.
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    British Victory Medals

    The clasp on the Victory Medal is an unofficial clasp that has been added to the ribbon - there were no clasps issued for that medal.
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    US Spanish Campaign Medal-Army. 1898.

    For those interested, the upcoming March-April 2018 issue of The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America (goes out to the membership the third week of March) contains an article by Tom Nier titled "The United States Navy West Indies and Spanish Campaign Medals" Which one is the Rarer of the Two?."
  13. As far as I am aware the only way to obtain records for British Army officers whose service papers are not at The National Archives is to spend the £30 and have MOD send the papers - researchers do not have access to those records. If you post your officers name members may be able to assist you. Dick Flory
  14. In 1888 "F/1" would be a field battery - F Battery, 1st Brigade, RA which in that year was at Neemuch and commanded by Captain W L Hutchinson. During the Great War it was designated as 26th Battery RFA,