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  1. Splendid! That's a great idea! I hope they speak English, since I have noticed that the front page is in Finnish only… and I hope I'll be able to get through...
  2. Well, yes, Indeed, your arguments do sound quite logical. Maybe I should try to get in touch with Mr. Tiainen who could give us more specific details to actually be able to get it all cleared… and by the same token I could also ask him to send me one of his books...
  3. By the way, what does "R3" stands for? Is it some kind of "rarity class" used by Tiainen? Regarding "variation 3", does it mean that numbers 1000-1059 + unnumbered crosses were ONLY manufactured for museum and collectors… OR were they ALSO manufactured for museum and collectors? If only variations 1 and 2 were issued to SS veterans, I make out that only circa 720 of them received the cross, although about 1140 could have received it out of the 1408 who voluntered in the Finnish SS battalion (circa 270 were killed or missing) = 420 suitable beneficiaries did not receive the cross… Unless they got one of the variation 3 type…(?)… It is slightly puzzling, I must say...
  4. Splendid ! Thanks a lot ! This is an invaluable information. Regarding "R3" for museums and collectors, is there any reason why 60 (1000 - 1059) were numbered when the others were not ? That sounds weird, doesn't it ? Is there a specific significance ? What is so special about the numbered ones ?
  5. How interesting! Thank you very much for your offering to scan the pages with the SS cross. I am quite interested! You can Indeed PM the scans to my address (kfamily@hispeed.ch) or share them here on GMIC. All the best.
  6. Thank you JohanH for your message and information. I have heard that the first batch of crosses (up to circa n°400) were made of iron. One such medal was sold by the Canadian seller Emedals. But I know that Jani Tiainen is THE reference on this topic. I have read extremely positive feedbacks about his book and I have always tried to get one copy, but I do not know where I can get it (and my knowledge of the Finnish language is about… well almost ZERO...)
  7. Hi again, Does anybody know if the cross issued in 1958 for the Finnish SS volunteers was ONLY made of iron? Any variation as regards the metal used (bronze, brass, etc.)?
  8. Thank you all for your invaluable comments.
  9. Good evening Gentlemen, Can anyone of you help me identify this Finnish (… or is it Finnish…) medal? Reverse: blank / Diameter: 33mm Thank you in advance. Cheers, Jean-Sam. Karlen
  10. In the mean-time, I have found sources indicating that it could be related to: - the Intelligence Corps, or - the Yorkshire Volunteers. … but am I right…?
  11. Good evening Gentlemen, Does anybody know what regiment or corps this button made of gilding metal is related to (the badge of this OSD cap had been removed before I bought it)? Cheers, J-SK
  12. Since this jacket was issued in 1942, was it worn with the 1937 pattern webbing belt/equipment (or with an earlier equipment; e.g. 1925 pattern) ?
  13. Thanks a lot TONY for this most valuable link! Regarding the collar badges (flaming grenades) they are similar to the Royal Engineers ones, but without UBIQUE. Territorial Army? What about the shoulder titles then (lacking here)? Was it common practice in the British Army (excluding other Commonwealth forces) to wear them?
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