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  1. Lukasz: If it is a Czech award I can not find it in Ceskoslovenska Vyznamenani.
  2. Gunner 1

    Legion of Merit to Greek Officers

    All three bars appear to have US medals for the Korean War. In the photo the man presenting the award is President Singman Rhee of South Korea and the United States General to his left is General James Van Fleet, General Commanding, US Eighth Army in Korea.
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    The "dude"....

    Chris Boonzaier wrote: "The cross is always an individual award, not a unit award" According to my sources since 2011 the Cross for Military Valor may be awarded to French and foreign military units. Two awards with palm to the same unit allows members of the unit to wear a fourragére.
  4. Siege Batteries kept war diaries for the early portion of the war but during the last one, or two, years of the war Siege Batteries war diaries ceased and the war diaries were kept by the Heavy Artillery Group (HAG) (later Brigade) that administered the battery. 147th Siege Battery served under the following Heavy Artillery Groups after 1 Jan 1917 (the file number for the war diary at The National Archives is listed for each HAG): Until 10 Feb 17: 77 HAG (WO 95/324) 10 Feb 17 to 22 Mar 17: 28 HAG (WO 95/541) 22 Mar 17 to 25 May 17: 18 HAG (WO 95/540) 25 May 17 to 16 Jun 17: 83 HAG (WO 95/478) 16 Jun 17 to 3 Sep 17: returned to 18 HAG (WO 95/540) 3 Sep 17 to 17 Dec 17: 78 HAG (WO 95/229) 17 Dec 17 to end of war: 43 Brigade RGA (WO 95/321)
  5. Ökenräven wrote: "one more question guys, do you know any website or literature that is a must to read before I really get in to this? So I can minimize the risks of obtaining fake items." I would make the following suggestions for any beginning collector of British campaign medals: 1. Join the Orders and Medals Research Society (www.omrs.org) and the Orders and Medals Society of America (www.omsa.org). They both publish first-class journals dealing with medals. 2. Purchase some books about the medals you are going to collect: British Battles and Medals is a must for anyone collecting British campaign medals. Rather expensive but gives lots of information concerning the history, operations covered, correct naming, regiments present, etc. Considered the Bible on British Campaign Medals. British Gallantry Medals does the same thing for decorations. 3. Join the British Medals Forum: extensive discussions, questions and answers and research assistance relative to British medals. Also extensive topics of fake medals and medal naming. 4. Purchase a copy of the most recent addition of Medal Yearbook published by Token Publishing. A price guide to British orders, decorations and medals. Also describes the naming, obverse, reverse and details of each medal with photos and any clasps awarded. Published each September. 5. Read about medals, examine medals and comments on dealers' websites and handle as many medals and possible. Good luck on your collection and ask as many questions as necessary on this forum and others. Regards, Gunner 1
  6. His medal index card is under the name William Freeman Gnr 90583. Went to France and Flanders on 21 August 1914 and the medal roll shows him posted to "1st Reinforcements and Base Details Royal Field Artillery". He was discharged sick on 16 June 1916. His 1914 Star was awarded without the date clasp. His Silver War Badge #74426 was issued for sickness on 9 Dec 1916 and indicates that when he was discharge he was posted to 5C Reserve Brigade, RFA
  7. You may already be aware of this, but Byrne received his DCM. for an action at Annequin on 9 April 1916 (the original citation indicated he was a Sergeant in C Battery, 174 Brigade but this was"corrected" to D/177 in the London Gazette of 17 September 1917). Actually this correction was a mistake as the war diary for 174th Brigade on 27 July 1916 indicates that Byrne received his DCM while serving with C/174. His Bar to the DCM was for an action with D/177 at Kytschaete Ridge on the night of 24/25 June 1917. If you do not have the citations let me know.
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    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.
  10. Eric: I forgot to mention that it has an IKOM hallmark and is numbered '154357.'
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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