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  1. Nero 30 years ago when I was actively involved in buying medals and badges, the wisdom on the street was that 30- 50% of the WWII German stuff on the market was repro/fake. I can't imagine that the % has gone down! No easy answer except to talk to people you trust to be honest and experienced in the field and resist - its very hard! - the urge to buy quickly. I have no idea whether this is a good one, but there are lots of experts and lots of examples out there. Here are two sites which m,ay shed a little light on the question. Good luck with your collecting! Peter http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/german/german_replicas.html
  2. One of the vendors in a large local antique market has an entire case full of 'unique', 'very rare' and 'extremely rare' items. Two or three of the 30 actually are. It makes me wonder where all the 'ordinary' and 'common' stuff has got to. Although in this case the vendor has offered some 'evidence' for his/her claim. Is the source reliable? Are there other similar sources?
  3. Awards of Electronic Warfare Troops

    Oopps! No offence intended, Egorka! Some of my best freidns are nerds.
  4. Awards of Electronic Warfare Troops

    Do you suppose Russian electronic 'warriors' are as nerdy as their Western counterparts?
  5. You may already have guessed or known this, Fahnen, but the rose for English counties was replace by shamrocks for Ireland, thistles for Scotland and the Prince of Wales three plumes for Wales. So yours is very definitely one of the English counties. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Lieutenant#Uniform
  6. Good luck with the negotiations. What a great find!
  7. Help with a old photograph

    Below are the ribbons for the campaign medals identified:General Service Medal, 1947, Paschimi Star, 1971, Samar Seva, 1965, Raksha Medal, 1965, 1971-72, Sainya Seva Medal. Judging by this area, the officer was a late WWII or just post-war enlistment – GSM 1947 – and served until at least 1971. Quite a career and clearly ‘at the sharp end’ a good bit, as one would expect from a Gunner. Shabash, huzzor!
  8. I was going to say the same as Coldstream: Lord Lieutenant of a County in the UK would have been my guess. Very lovely.
  9. British DFC Ribbon Question

    The awarding of rosettes began with napoleon, according to this source and was first done in the US in 1877. I would have pegged it somewhat later in the UK, as until the late 19th century, full size medals were the norm and decorations worn on civilian dress failry rare, I think. [https://www.hodgesbadge.com/history-of-rosettes/a/7/] I don't know anything about the Air medal and multiples, but when Canadian service personnel earned the UN medal for service in Cyprus in the '60-'90s, many were there 4-6-8 times, especially if they were support or signals and we eventually authorized a metal numeral to wear on the ribbon because that many rosettes just looked silly!
  10. British DFC Ribbon Question

    OTOH, even 'military' tailors - the chaps who thrive outside any large base -are not actually constrained by the regulations which apply to memebrs of the various armed forces and there are some wild and wonderful things out there on the chests [or walls] of current and former officers. And depending on the rank of the wearer, few people qualified or willing to make a complaint, official or otherwise. The classic example was Lord Montgomery of El Alamein. When he was serving he typically wore an RTR beret with two badges on it, completely against all regulations and radition. But who would say him nay? No one, apparently, as it became his 'trademark'. My guess would be that Chase lost or never had the appropriate device for his DFC ribbon and requested a tailor to 'fix that', this being the solution. My two cents worth!
  11. British Crimea medal 1856 to French officer Lt. Brasseur

    Now that would be an interesting group! Nice find!
  12. Idi Amin VC Medals

    Most of 'Dada' Amin's medals were self awarded in the latter stages of his leadership. He joined the KAR post WWII, as a cook, and was with them in Somalia - battling Shufta cattle raiders apparently - but would not, I think, have received any real medals for that. Rose to the rank of Effendi [Warrant Officer] in the British KAR and eventually deputy commander of the post independence Ugandan Army. Wikipedia says this of his awards: After the United Kingdom broke off all diplomatic relations with his regime in 1977, Amin declared he had defeated the British, and conferred on himself the decoration of CBE (Conqueror of the British Empire). His full self-bestowed title ultimately became: "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular", in addition to his officially-stated claim of being the uncrowned King of Scotland. He never received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) or the Military Cross (MC). He conferred a doctorate of law on himself from Makerere University as well as the Victorious Cross (VC), a medal made to emulate the British Victoria Cross. Getty Images will happily sell you a shot of him wearing all his awards.
  13. Bronze Star for British Officer

    Davies Good on ya, as the Aussies say! 'BigJarof Wasps posted what look like newspaper photos, so I'd assume he has some clues. Try sending him a message - click on his name and you can send a private message. Also try googling the gent on Facebook and social media, though as an ex-NI type that is probably going to be less helpful. Good luck! Peter
  14. R.I.P. King Michael. A very impressive entry in Wiki, including mention of 11 honoraray degrees! Good to see that he was accpeted by the modern government and able to make a contribution, without stirring up any unrealisitic hopes for a return to monarchy as a form of geovernment in the country.
  15. Excellent! Another tidbit of really valuable info. to add to what a former girlfriend called my 'storehouse of mental dross'! Serioulsy, this sort of thing is why I haunt this site - nowhere else would people know or care about such beautiful and historically important objects.
  16. It's lovely, whatever it is. Thanks for sharing it, Lone Wolf.
  17. INDIA -- Videsh Seva Medal

    Lone Wolf I'm guessing from your comments, and your location, if I've puzzled it out correctly, that you may be close to some sources for IA medals as well. Thanks for your generous offer, and please do stick around to offer your views on similar posts! Peter
  18. Yemeni Wounds Awards

    Gard #69 Can any one tell me the 3 different in Yemen Arab Republic: Wound Badge. People's Democratic Republic of Yemen: Order of War Wounded. Republic of Yemen: Wound Badge. Thanks Rod t's a little complicated, but basically, I think, three awards issued by either two or three different states: one by 'North Yemen', one by 'South Yemen' and one by the united state just known as 'Yemen'. I'll leave you to sort out which is which. Yemen Arab Republic also known as North Yemen or Yemen (Sana'a), was a country from 1962 to 1990 in the northwestern part of what is now Yemen. The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen , also referred to as South Yemen, Democratic Yemen, or the South Arabian Federation, was a socialist state in the southern and eastern provinces of the present-day Republic of Yemen. It was united with the Yemen Arab Republic (commonly known as "North Yemen") on 22 May 1990 to form Yemen Peter Monahan oamotme Full Member Silver Membership 844 posts Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia #72 Posted November 18 Gard, I attach images of the two variations of the YAR wound badge which I purchased in Sana'a in the 1990's. Peter, As Moderator can I ask that you transfer to a new topic the last three posts as 'Yemeni Wound Awards'? Many thanks, Owain
  19. Yemeni Wounds Awards

    Gard Basic Member Basic Membership 6 posts Location:Australia #69 Posted November 5 Can any one tell me the 3 different in Yemen Arab Republic: Wound Badge. People's Democratic Republic of Yemen: Order of War Wounded. Republic of Yemen: Wound Badge. Thanks Rod Poted November 5 It's a little complicated, but basically, I think, three awards issued by either two or three different states: one by 'North Yemen', one by 'South Yemen' and one by the united state just known as 'Yemen'. I'll leave you to sort out which is which. Yemen Arab Republic also known as North Yemen or Yemen (Sana'a), was a country from 1962 to 1990 in the northwestern part of what is now Yemen. The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen , also referred to as South Yemen, Democratic Yemen, or the South Arabian Federation, was a socialist state in the southern and eastern provinces of the present-day Republic of Yemen. It was united with the Yemen Arab Republic (commonly known as "North Yemen") on 22 May 1990 to form Yemen oamotme Full Member Silver Membership 844 posts Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia #72 Posted November 18 Gard, I attach images of the two variations of the YAR wound badge which I purchased in Sana'a in the 1990's. Owain
  20. Wound Stripe Wonder

    Either very lucky or very unlucky, depending on one's view of the wolrd. Either way, probably not the most popular guy to share a foxhole with!
  21. Mnangagwe Inauguration and medals of officers present

    Thanks, Mickey. Clearly a complex field. I meant only that I wouldn't be surprised if the camo they wore were printed by the same company [South African] or in the same pattern as the older 'bad' stuff, if that was the cheapest available.
  22. Mnangagwe Inauguration and medals of officers present

    I suspect, given t colheir current economic situation, that the Zim. Army wears whatever it can beg, borrow or steal and is bl**dy grateful to have it. I'd bet gassing up thr vehicles and making sure all the ammo pouches are full is a major endeavour these days.
  23. Sadly, there isn't a museum in the world which can display more than 10-20% of its collection. I work occasionally at three different [smallish] local museums and our least favourite visitors are the ones who come in to show Cousin George the left-handed horse collar they donated 17 years ago and are appalled that it isn't in a front case. The fact that we have 16 horse collars, 14 of them in better condition and with verified local connections hardly ever satisfies the donor, who goes away convinced that we have somehow 'cheated' them by accepting, however reluctantly, their gift in the first place. To add insult to injury, of course, not infrequently the conversation around possible donations begins with 'Well, I was going to take it to the rubbish tip but...'. One of the museums I volunteer at had wonderful wonderful artifacts given to the recently retired curator, who knew everyone in the county and never said now to a donation. This means, of course, that we have some things that the Royal Ontario Museum covets and a whole load of complete sh*t* which Jimmy 'couldn't say no to.'
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