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  1. Hi guys, these days decided to gather a small collection of commie Excellent /Excellent this... Excellent that.../ and other awards-badges. Still these are common and cheap, but sooner or later will be over, so decided to use the opportunity. And they are quite nice, with lots of details and enamel. So, here is a fast catch:
  2. Hi guys, recently got Munchner Illustrierte Zeitung papers, 1914 and 1915, probably full file. It contains /each of the papers/ lists like this, with portraits. Probably this is a very common paper, but still if it is interesting for someone, I can scan such pages or look for someone's portrait according to the date. Any interest?
  3. I am sorry, but the navy cockades are not my area, I can no date those
  4. Nice collection! The red paint star on the last row is a common socialist type, not a rare or early. As for the green one with the hammer and sickle, is it Bulgarian at all? These were made in Bulgaria indeed, right after the war, by one of the royal times workshops for buttons, cockades, etc. But the production also included same color buttons with star with hammer and sickle and I have heard all these were made for the Soviet forces in Bulgaria, quite a significant army group which stayed in the country for a few years.
  5. I know it is Bulgarian, but probably this is the place to find out an answer. I believe the badge is German made, so can you tell which maker, by the features of the back side? Marked just with a 935 hallmark. It is silver, the brown stains on some leaves are dirt.
  6. Thank you Alex! It is marked with a .935, is that the "square punch"?
  7. Theodor

    Bulgarian Officers?

    Yes, they are. On the right is the Commader of the Air Force, col. Vasil Boidev. Behind him lt.col. Georgi Drenikov from the HQ of the AF, to the left... can't put a name for now, though have seen him on some photos. Is it dated? Probably pre-1940.
  8. So, who was the first to use that style of belt and hangers? The Bulgarian ones were influenced from Russia. And not just Russia, the Germans had very similar. Probably some more countries, too? But who was the first?
  9. The Bulgarian ones were introduced in 1905 and used until the end of the WW2
  10. Could be Bulgarian as well. Looks similar. Interesting, several countries had very similar navy belts
  11. Theodor

    German hardware, captured

    Speaking of captured toys... Soldiers from the Bulgarian 34th IR at Doiran
  12. Медал за участие в Европейската война /Medal for participation in the European War/. In the award document it is mentioned as "...the commemorative medal..."
  13. Theodor

    Interwar Observer Badge

    Another similar one was seen recently, but I think it is fake. Too new, no sign of wear to the surface or any patina, just see those nice new prongs, holding the central piece to the wreath. Bad quality casting, just see the incomplere circle for the left prong on the back side and the rough surfaces. Another thing I don't like, the central piece has been not cast and then drilled, but cast the way it is, with the holes. I don't insist I am right, but I don't like it at all. And some indirect clues - comfortably poorly identified, comfortably low priced, with the option for even lower offer. Tried to compare with mine, it seems these two are different patterns, different in the small details. http://www.ebay.de/itm/Alter-Orden-evtl-Bulgarien-/251390778112?pt=Militaria&hash=item3a880edb00
  14. Let me show the latest addition to the collection, an interwar Observer badge! The pilot badge is for comparison, it represents the usual construction, hollow silver. The Observer badge is very extraordinary, nearly one of a kind - 3 piece, cutout construction! And original nevertheless. Silver frame and gold plated brass center. The crown has been lost, but I like it anyway!
  15. Very nice! And very good photos!
  16. Theodor

    Interwar Observer Badge

    This is the back side. The pilot badge is named and dated 1928, but I can say nothing for the observer badge. Just the period can be framed, from a couple of years after the end of WW1, until 1935-36. More likely 20s, being so extraordinary. But who knows! What they flew: right after the WW1, all Bulgarian Air Force aircraft were cut to pieces and the country had no right to have an air force at all. So in the next 15 or so years, it existed more or less secretly. The first aircraft was a WW1 Fokker, hidden in a village to evade being cut. It was fllowed by 2 machines, built from the cut pieces of WW1 planes. In 1924-26 were delivered not large numbers of Potez, Henriot, Cauldrone, Bristoll aircraft, also 2 Macci flying boats. Bulgaria could purchase only from the WW1 winners, only unarmed aircraft and with very limited engine power. In 1925 started the production of Bulgarian aircraft, various models, mostly training. Only in the 2nd half of the 1930's some modern aircraft were delivered and the number increased. In 1937 the Air Force, which existed anyway, was officially restored as a part of the Armed Forces and was given battle flags.
  17. Very difficult to tell. Not only the Bulgarian pilots got the pilot badge, but also a large number of Luftwaffe men. There are 2 types made - the first one is more common, the frame is stamped sheet metal, like on the scan above. The other type is more rare /but IMO not related to more value, just not so often seen/ - with flat back, the frame is thick and not seen as negative from the back, but thick, flat. Same for the Observer badge, two types. The paratrooper badge, based on the number of the trained paratroopers, probably 500 - 600 were made for the Bulgarian paratroopes, plus some more for Germans and other allies. However it is not impossible, that many more were made and never awarded. That's not unheard of with many types of badges and medals.
  18. Theodor

    Bulgarian NCO with TWM picture

    Please feel free to use the photo, glad you like it!
  19. Theodor

    Bulgarian NCO with TWM picture

    Hi guys, I found one nice picture, taken in 1938. A Bulgarian NCO with long service, Balkan wars and WW1 veteran, along with the Bulgarian orders and the German one, also has a TWM on ribbon.
  20. The old pictures - these aren't soldiers, they are partisans, using army clothing. The stars are some self-made partisan insignia. The lion without crown, from the last link, is the current one! Introduced to the army in the 90's and used in this moment, too. I have never seen WW2 lion with removed crown.
  21. Theodor

    Bulgarian help needed!

    The way I read it - Considering /examining/ epicrisis for the operations plan for the next week in the 53rd hospital 1953 year in the region of Teguon... Teguoch... not sure about the name. Epicrisis is in plural, operations is for surgery.
  22. An officer's order which has lost all the enamels, maybe?
  23. Hi guys, can you please tell me about this one, good or fake?
  24. Hi guys, In this thread I would like to make a brief review of the Bulgarian Military School albums. The Military of His Majesty School in Sofia produced about 68 Classes from 1879 to shortly after the WW2. In fact, in 1947 graduated the "1st Dimitrov's Class of the People's Military Academy" or something like this, but inside their album is the sheet music for the "March of the 68th Class", so I think this can be considered the last class from the old numbers series. At some time in the 1920s, the School started to prepare Albums for the Classes. I have talked to old officers - the albums were prepared shortly before their graduation from the School - their first officer rank - and the Albums were passed to the newly made officers about the time of the graduation. Not a ceremony, just given to them at some time. The first album that I have seen is from the 48 Class in the late 1920s. The last album belongs to the 68 Class. But the 64 and 65 Class had no albums - when the reds took the rule and the war against Germany started, the young men were still in the School. Their study was cut short, they were sent to the front and promoted to first officer rank /podporuchyk/ directly there. In the havoc of those times, no albums were produced. Through the years, the albums followed quite the same pattern: starting with a picture of the King /later the Quueen joined, too, and later their kids/, followed by the Commander of the School, then the military and civil lecturers from the school, then the student-officers, grouped according to the branch - infantry, artillery, cavalry, airforce, navy, etc. At the end - photos from the school building, photos from their life and training while at the school, sheet music of the March of each Class, a large photo of all students plus the officers from the School. The design varied through the years. Always large size and good quality, but the face changed. The very first albums have very strong resemblance to the Imperial Russian albums of similar kind /like this one: http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=3389...p;#entry318442/. Same structure, same type photos of the "students", installed on background of weapons, awards and etc. Later the design changed, became more "modern", for those times. So, here is the first album /I have not seen an earlier number than 48. Fellow collectors reported the same/: Then a photo of the King, War Minister, Army Commander, School Commander and etc. officers and teachers /most famous names found among the teachers - those were university teachers, famous even today. Beside their military training, the future officers got university-level lectures in many fields of knowledge/. The future officers - don;t know why, but the earlier albums show no names. But the original owners often wrote the names. And also usually in those albums, they would write small cross near the photo, when through the years they hear of the death of the comrade: Inside the School And the outside- this still exists, some kind of Military Academy nowadays Everyone: