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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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.


  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. KIA first day of the Battle of Messines. Nice pick-up.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. Capt JS Carter

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

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

    Gunner, thanks! Image matches a photo I have of the man in uniform...
  17. This is an understatement. Oh, you are talking about compasses. Yea, our compasses are bigger and better too... So, if Brit ones would swing for ages, exactly how is that better? To me, the sooner a compass settles and finds its equilibrium orientation the better. Especially if I am out in No-man's-land, where the artillery can come quick, I'd want my compass to settle fast so I can get out of there...and go in the right direction!
  18. Post your bravery pairs!

    I suspect your Reuß bravery pair must be a bit scarce to find... Thanks for sharing.
  19. Post your bravery pairs!

    Christophe, that's an impressive group in #31. I'm not familiar with the cross with the yellow/red/black ribbon (and what I assume is it's 1st Class counterpart). Which German State is this from?
  20. Later version of a Bavarian Landwehr II. Kl.
  21. Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    On an Army band uniform, small mini groups make perfect sense. Army band uniforms are unit issue items because they are required for performances. Band members do not have to purchase those items. Same for ceremonial units like the Old Guard in Washington, DC. However, for everyone else, mess dress uniforms are optional and therefore, private purchase and expensive. Of course, officers have to buy all uniforms. Again, expensive. I am old, but in my day, it was rare that an officer bought a mess dress uniform before being at least a senior captain or a major. Even rarer for an enlisted soldier until they were a senior NCO. Often officers waited until they attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS - also the headquarters of Marlow White, a famous military tailor since 1879 - probably not a coincidence. You are right, it doesn't seem likely that a "faker" would go to the trouble for such common medals. But probably more common than we as collectors would like... And I've distracted this thread long enough...maybe I should go scan my "small" miniature set (made by Marlow White by the way) to bring the thread back to topic.
  22. Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    I found this young corporal and sergeant, but I couldn't find an Army lieutenant or captain. (Of course, recent combat vets; so, they have a bit more than a Cold War era soldier.) So, other ranks and subalterns certainly do buy/wear mess dress and miniature medals. It's just not usual in my opinion, which makes me see small groups as possibly incomplete. Seems more common for company grade officers in the Air Force: Like I said, not impossible for small mini groups. Just very unusual for the Army. And in my opinion "unusual" means it is worth asking the extra questions to be sure something is genuine. (And tailor made does not mean it's authentic.) On the other hand, Navy groups tend to be small as I understand their tradition is to wear the "top three". Paul might confirm this...
  23. Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    Do you have any with a company grade officer in mess dress? That's my point. Not that the full authorization of medals is wrong, but that it is unusual for mini medal sets to be this small. Not impossible, but unusual. I would bet a case of good German beer not one of these fine young soldiers own a Mess Dress uniform on which they could wear mini medals.
  24. Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    The Bronze Star with V/Air Medal/ARCOM likely is a top row. With the bottom row starting with either a Good Conduct Medal (if enlisted) or a NDSM (if officer) and then a campaign medal like a Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Vietnam Service Medal (and maybe a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal). The ARCOM/AAM/Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal could be the complete deal for a for an officer (Good Conduct Medal ranking in precedence above the reserve component medal) serving in the Reserves after 1971 in the period 1975-1989 when no NDSM was authorized. The ARCOM/AAM/NDSM could be the complete deal for a company grade Army officer serving during the Cold War era with no joint assignments. And he/she decided to put out the cash for mess dress before most of his peers did so...usually when they reached senior captain/major. The Air Force NCO bar is a nice one with a lot of joint assignments. Added: Oh, I quite agree that not every officer had a lot of medals as company grade officers. (I had two until I was a senior captain.) Note I originally posted the above comments moments before your response. What I'm saying is that most company grade officers with few medals didn't usually spend the money for a mess dress uniform on which they could wear two or three medals. Certainly, some did...but it is unusual. And I still believe it isn't possible that the Airlift bar is a "top" bar. There aren't a lot of campaign medals after the World War II Army Occupation Medal that would make sense as a bottom row, especially with no achievement awards before the Good Conduct Medal. It's possible that it stands alone...as I said, for a very proud vet of the airlift, but what did he wear it on?
  25. Well, get busy researching/writing! We want to read every detail.