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  1. The website seems to be available again today ... and, yes, awards are "unofficial" ones. Regards, Hendrik
  2. Indeed, the website seems to be down for the moment ...
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Hello Gordon, Quite right, those are the officially prescribed crossed sabres for the 1940-45 Commemorative Medal. Regards, Hendrik
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Hello Gordon, The ovals are "France 1944" and "Allemagne 1944-45" respectively. They were awarded for participation in the later stages of the war mainly to members of the "Brigade Libération" and the newly formed fuselier battalions of liberated Belgium (using the newly available manpower resulting from the liberation). Regards, Hendrik
  14. Hello Dave, The "Bat.d'Angleterre" bar reflects the citation (dated 1 Nov. 1945) awarded to the Belgian Military Avation for courage and good conduct displayed by its personnel during the Battle of Britain between 28 August and 15 September 1940. The handful of Belgian pilots flying with the RAF had 21 enemy planes shot down and a further 9 probably destroyed. The "Flandres 1940" bar was awarded (1946 citation) to the 1st, 5th and 6th groups of the 1st Aeronautic Regiment for heroism and dedication by its air crews while performing reconnaissance flights without fighter protection and opposed by enemy aviation and anti-aircraft fire. My source : Emblèmes et Citations des Unités" by L.A. Lecleir (1971) Regards, Hendrik