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  1. Hello Jerry, French language version of my site is at http://hmc2.pagesperso-orange.fr/ Working on the English version now, it'll be at http://www.medalcorner.fr/ in due course. Regards, Hendrik
  2. Hello, This one, I think : Regards, Hendrik
  3. The website seems to be available again today ... and, yes, awards are "unofficial" ones. Regards, Hendrik
  4. Indeed, the website seems to be down for the moment ...
  5. Hello Larry, Not quite I'm afraid ... try this one : http://larenaissancefrancaise.org/Les-distinctions It's emitted by a society that basically promotes French language and culture. Regards, Hendrik
  6. Hi, It looks like a horn of affluence followed by the letters BR. That would be the Paris Mint mark with BR for "bronze". Regards, Hendrik
  7. Not wrong, both "types" exist. Miniatures, and their ribbon attachments, are not officially regulated as to their manufacture. There is some similarity to this front stripe bar device on a WWI Commemorative Medal miniature : But straight bars for the same exist there as well ... nothing's written in stone when miniature medals are concerned ... Regards, Hendrik
  8. Sorry to be a spoilsport again, Dave : the "third attachment" is a set of miniature bars representing 2 years of being a POW. It has no official place on this medal's ribbon. They belong on the miniature version of this : Regards, Hendrik
  9. Hi, I don't think so. The first idea, i.e. a faded blue and black ribbon for this knight class of the Order of Leopold II, is the correct one for me. Regards, Hendrik
  10. Hello Gordon, Quite right, those are the officially prescribed crossed sabres for the 1940-45 Commemorative Medal. Regards, Hendrik
  11. Further to the number of pilots or aircrew entitled to the clasp, I have found the following names : Flying Hurricanes in Fighter Command Squadrons nos. 87, 213, 32, 43, 145, 46 and 229 were M. Buchin; R. de Cannaert d'Hamalle; B. de Hemptinne; R. de Hemricourt de Grunne; F. de Spirlet; G. Doutrepont; A. Jottard; D. Le Roy du Vivier; R. Malengreau; J. Offenberg; V. Ortmans; J. Philippart; E. Seghers; A. Van den Hove d'Ertsenryck and W. Van Lierde. Flying Bristol Blenheims, in Coastal Command squadrons 235 and 236 were L. Dejace; R. Demoulin; Giovanni Dieu; H. Gonay; L. Heimes; L. Javaux; J. Kirkpatrick; H. Lascot; O. Lejeune; A. Michiels; L. Prévot; R. Roman; A. Van Wayenberghe and F. Venesoen. A total of 29 people. Whether those killed during the war were entitled posthumously, I do not know but any medal (or medal group) that can unequivocally be linked to anyone of the above would be an important part of one's collection. Regards, Hendrik
  12. Hello David, I perfectly understand the rarity of authentic Battle of Britain clasps on the 1939-45 Star as delivered by the British government to those that qualified. The Belgian bar, however, was not issued by the Belgian government but had to be purchased by those that qualified. Only a certificate/diploma mentioning the entitlement was delivered by the Belgian government. Hence, lots of bars were manufactured and put up for sale to anyone who wanted to buy one. The real rarity in this context is the paperwork : the medal's certificate including entitlement to the Bat. d'Angleterre bar would be an extremely rare find indeed ! Best regards, Hendrik
  13. Hello Peter, The medal itself is quite common. Bars and even ellipses were still being produced and could easily be found till a few years ago but since then quality seems to have detoriated. Hence, it would have been no problem to mount these devices on the medal's ribbon at the time. The bars and "ovals" serve the same purpose : they are unit citations basically. Regards, Hendrik
  14. Hello Dave, I concur with your idea it's not an original set-up : the mixture of air force bars and land units' ellipses would point to someone having embellished the medal's ribbon. The WW1 type wound cross (the WW2 device is much smaller) doesn't help either ... Regards, Hendrik