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  1. Paul, you have to really like the Kondraciuk group with the Liberation of Warsaw medal! Nick, the round stamp with the eagle is from the "Wojska Polska" - Polish Army - at the top of the stamp. I can't read the print around the bottom of the stamp, but I'm guessing possibly a unit designation. The stamp underneath the red signature reads "Wojskowa Komenda Uzupełnień" - this means a provincial military reserve administration. "Korman" is a usual Polish family name, but I don't know the abbreviation "Bol." Along with the Capture of Berlin medal, Kondraciuk must have been part of Polish First Army or "Pierwsza Armia Wojska Polskiego" formed by the Soviets in 1944. Possibly a very research worthy group. Thanks for sharing!
  2. We've posted a lot of Imperial German photos, let's get the Austria-Hungary ball rolling too! Post your photos! I really like this one of a Feldwebel (unknown regiment or branch) with a bronze FJ Tapferkeitsmedaille and a Mobilisierungskreuz 1912/13 He also has a good number of Kappenabzeichen on his Feldmutze. And a pretty wife with roses.
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    To The Point, Part 1

    You need to garner invitations to some better dinner parties! Great to read you again! Hope all is well.
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    I agree these are kinda nice. How can you not love those crossed cannons!
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    US Certificate of Gratitude.

    First I've seen this certificate. Very interesting.
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    Unknown WW1 US medal

    These medals likely are not from veteran's organizations; they usually were issued by local communities - towns/cities/counties - to their citizens who served in the Great War. As you note, it's a generic design; so, some smaller communities might have saved money by buying the generic stock medals. Many locales, however, had their own unique designs made with their town's name.
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    1917-1919 ww1 medals

    The two medals with green ribbons on the left are American Legion annual convention commemorative medals. I can only read the top medal's city - Miami; the Legion's convention has been held in Miami several different times, so the medal probably has a year on it. The medal to the immediate left of the Victory Medal is a local "victory" medal awarded by towns/cities/counties; several locales used similar designs, but based on the NY State Victory Medal, this one is likely from a NY community; it may have a town name on it. The medal lower right with the 1st Division patch is not a shooting medal; rather it is a WWI 1st Division AEF Veterans Medal. This one looks a little too "pristine" for my taste to be original. The battle clasps on the Victory Medal also match to the 1st Division (Montdidier-Noyon is only to the 1st Division and/or attached units). The two Maltese crosses in the upper right are Masonic Knights Templar Maltese Crosses. The medal with the yellow/blue striped ribbon is a modern Armed Forces Reserve Medal and seems very out of place with this group.
  8. Another interesting China-related WWI commemorative:
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    Chinese Medal France 1914-1918

    An interesting piece - certainly agree that it's an unofficial "commemorative." First time I've seen anything like it...
  10. We see this little Bulgarian WWI commemorative a lot in different threads, but I thought it needed its own topic... Can anyone give the Bulgarian language name of the medal (Google was no help)? And does this one look too "new" to anyone else?
  11. I don't think I posted this one when I bought it during my stay in Yerevan, Armenia. Bravery Medal # 3645762 I believe Type 2 Variation 1, soldered ring. Thoughts?
  12. Thanks to those who wondered why I've been MIA!  I am certainly alive and well.  However, my time has been sidetracked by other pursuits, leaving little time for much else...  First, I started a full time job last August; I had considered teaching for some time and was offered a full-time position teaching U.S. Government and Criminal Justice at a high school.  It's been both a rewarding and frustrating experience, but something I believe is extremely worthwhile.  As General Stanley McChrystal recently wrote in a New York Times editorial, "education is the lifeblood of a great nation."  I thought it time to go back to serving my country instead of sitting on my butt.

    The second thing that has taken up my free time ... and expendable cash ... is in the picture attached.  My wife and I moved to the Chesapeake Bay with the idea we'd get a boat.  And last April we did just that...  Getting ready to take her out tomorrow for the start of this year's boating season.


  13. It was recommended by Bill that we try building a thread with links to other websites with information about WWI Vics. Bill: "Talking of links - is there any mileage in having a thread with links to other web sites with information about the WW1 vics? There is a French site - http://www.medailles...ies-medail.html - with sections for all the Allies. I expect most people here have favourite web sites like this - if there was a dedicated thread we could post the links. It would not need any chat, just the name and link, and a note of whether it's vics in general or for one country." I'll also comb through the Websites and Book Forums eventually to extract anything of value that may have landed there... So, thanks to Bill for the first entry; if you have any favorite sites for research regarding Vics, post them here... I'm also going to pin this to hopefully grab more attention.
  14. Having served in the US 10th Mountain Division, I have a particular interest in mountain artillery. However, finding photos etc with German WWI Gebirgsartillerie is difficult. It just doesn't come my way very often. This particular card is curious because it shows a 15cm schweres Feldhaubitze M1893 and is labeled "15cm Gebirgshaubitze". Franz Kosar's book on Gebirgsartillerie doesn't mention the 15cm sFH 93 as a mountain artillery piece. In fact, he only goes up to 10.5cm guns. Most of the 15cm sFH 93 were in Landwehr or training units; however, I've seen a few Bay. Fussartillerie photos with old 15cm guns. So, I suspect this is a Bavarian gun in the Vosgesen. That's all speculation, but sometimes that's all we have... And at least it let me start a thread on mountain artillery...
  15. Anyone who collects Polish medals will undoubtedly be aware that they are heavily faked (some claim that 90% of what you see on the market is fake...) So, up front, I'm saying that I have no idea if this is genuine or not. I received this as a "gift" from a collector in Slovenia in 2004. At the time, I knew nothing of Polish medals; so, I accepted it without asking any questions. My feeling, however, is that it's a probably copy ... or fake if you prefer. Less than 8,000 of these were awarded in all three classes, with most of those being 3. Class (5,000-7,000 depending upon your source). There has already been a lengthy discussion about Grunwald Crosses on GMIC.
  16. Let the debate begin. I think it looks like a commemorative medal vice a campaign medal. http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/708442/department-of-defense-publishes-inherent-resolve-campaign-medal-guidance
  17. KIA first day of the Battle of Messines. Nice pick-up.
  18. Yea, Chris, this really is the first US medal that I thought was totally unnecessary and completely "cheap" looking. Of course, this is the artist concept, actual medals haven't been produced yet. But I thought the GWOT Expeditionary Medal, which was already authorized for this campaign, was sufficient.
  19. I am in awe just with this "taking shape" shot. Impressive. I knew you were a serious collector, but I think most of us could be lost for hours/days in your "two small rooms" exploring your treasures. Only one suggestion... You still need a corner that looks something like this...
  20. I thought it about time I shared some of my efforts with the GMIC. Almost two years ago, I obtained a Victory Medal named to "Capt J.S. Carter". Upon initial cursory research I was surprised to discover that Captain Carter of the Grenadier Guards was a KIA very late in the Great War and curiosity led to me to seek out more details about this offcer. I had collected many medals up to this point, but it was this particular medal that really gave me the incentive to jump into the world of researching both the man and the history behind the medal. Almost all of my research to this point has been on the internet (with the help of some great Pals on another Forum). I suppose some day I will have to start digging even deeper. Comments (including pointing out my errors or mistakes) greatly appreciated. ----------------------------------- MIC: James Shuckburgh Carter, Captain, Grenadier Guards; entered France probably in 1916 or later, also entitled to War Medal; KIA 27 September 1918. CWGC: In Memory of Captain JAMES SHUCKBURGH CARTER, 1st Bn., Grenadier Guards, who died age 37 on 27 September 1918; Son of John Proctor Carter and Isabel Mary Carter; husband of Diana Violet Gladys Carter of Houghton Green, Playden, Sussex. Remembered with honor SANDERS KEEP MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAINCOURT-LES-HAVRINCOURT] {"Sanders Keep" was a German fortification 2 kilometers South-West of the village, between the Hermies and Havrincourt roads. It was stormed by the Scots Guards on the 27th September, 1918, and after the fight the British and German dead were buried on the battlefield by the Guards Division Burial Officer.} ODGW: Regiment, Corps etc - Grenadier Guards; Battalion/etc- 1st Battalion; Surname ? Carter; Christian Name - James Shuckburgh; Initials - J S; Decoration ? None; Rank LT (A/CAPT); Died Date 27/09/1918; Died How - Killed in action.
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    Capt JS Carter

    Gunner, PM sent. Thanks! Here is Carter - not sure what medal ribbon he is wearing. Also, an image of his grave.
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    What's The Use?

    I always thought the 1956 Suez Crisis needed more discussion.
  23. You keep getting artillery pieces. I swear you secretly want to be a gunner.
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    Capt JS Carter

    Gunner, thanks! Image matches a photo I have of the man in uniform...