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Chris Liontas

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  1. Adrian Paul Brodeur

    I wasn’t sure where to share this, but since the uniform is French I thought France might be the best place. It is the only non flying uniform I own, but it is unique in its own right. When most people think of American vollenteers with France, they immediately think of the LaFayette Escadrille/Flying Corps. However there were hundreds of Americans that fought for France in other branches. Dr Brodeur graduated Harvard Dental School in 1917. He then went to France to serve under the Red Cross for the th Franco-American Committee for Frontier Children. He held this position from July 1917 to March 1918. In March he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and was then sent to artillery school in Fontainebleau. He was appointed aspirant June 12 and assigned to the 60th field artillery. He was then subsequently transferred to the 288th field artillery in September 1918. He participated in the Somme (1918) , Marine-Aisne Offensive, Champagne, and the Muese-Argonne Offensive. Demobilized 3, May 1919 he returned to the Units States and became both a Orthodontist and famous sculptor. His works are on display at Harvard and the Boston Museum of Art.
  2. Adrian Paul Brodeur

    Excellent! Thank you for the explanation. It is interesting how desperate they were for artillerymen all through the war. What is the book called you reference? Is it in French or English?
  3. French WW1 Pilot Badge for review

    2000s is definitely a pre 1918 wartime issue. Really nice! I’ve never been able to get one this low. Really great find.
  4. Adrian Paul Brodeur

    Hi guy, thank you for the comments! I really don’t know why he was not transferred into the US Army. As far as his obituary states he never joined the US Army but remained with the French until 1919. As far as I understand, there was a group of Americans (company sized) that trained and served with the French Artillery. I honestly don’t know how they were selected or how the word went out for recruits. There are four other French artillery uniforms I know of to Americans — none of which joined the US Army; even though they all were at the Argonne. Maybe liaison work?
  5. Adrian Paul Brodeur

    From what I understand, the French army was desperate in 1918 for educated men to refill tnical branches like artillery. I unfortunately don’t know what made Dr Brodeur enlist as all Harvard has on file is his enlistment record and passport application.
  6. Wow! Now that is a nice addition to your collection. Amazed at the condition. Was that from Jan Kube? On the auction?
  7. Very nice Chris! Excellent display! What is the difference between the visors with blue with green band and the blue with red band?
  8. Ok great! For some reason I thought it was just for guards Calvary. Thank you for the explanation. :-)
  9. --off topic alert-- You had a real winged hussar helmet??? Like siege of Vienna ??? Seriously?
  10. Awesome tunics Chris! Any names or history? Does the blue and white tress indicate Bavaria on the collar? I had thought that was an inidcation of guards or calavary.
  11. ROFL!!! That guy cracks me up. He wouldnt know a real PLM if it bit him in the a$$! Always laugh when he tries to authenticate something. I know it is not supposed to be comedy but it sure is funny. Only Gottlieb was worse.
  12. Nah, these things are all scripted way before hand. I've heard some of the deals don't really go through, they are just for show. People will audition a piece to get on the show, then the studio builds a scene for them. Fun to watch, but real it sure isn't :-) Who was the expert? Not that museum director with the bad hat?
  13. I promise I will get better photos of these. But how often do you get to hold two named Pour Le Merite's in your hand? Both of these reside in the Dr Parks museum in Colorado and were given to him by Jacobs himself. Jacob's dunkelblau uniform and medals are also in the museum. --the bright one was given to Jacobs post war by a Navy ace, and the crown is soldered onto the cross itself. --the other looks like an issue piece, but I could not get a good shot of the hallmarks. crappy camera phone- My good 18 Meg one died on me. I will get better photos in a couple weeks if there is interest.
  14. Wonderful post!! A named busby and Chapska. What finds! Can we see some more photos of both pieces?
  15. Nice Chris! The condition looks spectacular - any history on them?
  16. Awesome display Chris. I'm always surprised the rings survived and were not lost or sold. Really well displayed.
  17. Hey all! I was asked by a good friend my opinion of these badges. Unfortunately I am clueless when it comes to WW1 flight badges originality. I know they were officially reproduced from the 20's to the 40's; and then later as forgeries. I know many of you know these badges really well, so I was hopeing to pass on some opinions. Thanks!!
  18. Thank you guys. I appreciate your info and have passed it on. Glad he didn't get stung.
  19. Was this a royalty merit award? What were the criteria for its award? I've never seen this one before. Thanks for sharing!
  20. Did officer's routinely have numbered ovals? I thought that was more an exception rather than rule. I'll post a few that I have photos of tonight.
  21. How you seen Tony's Uniform on Kaiser's Bunker? I don't want to post the photo as I don't have permission, but here is the link http://www.kaisersbunker.com/flieger/
  22. French Foreign Legion Medal Group

    Wow! I wish I could add more but I am still amazed at the WW1 CdG citation. I bet Militaria magazine would jump to show off this group!
  23. Welcome back!! Let's see a profile of the car! All original or restored? I. Can't wait to see it.
  24. Aisle C, Row 4, Crate 12.

    Awesome set up Brian. The whole blog put a huge smile on my face. As a person diagnosed with ADHD, the organized non-organization aspect had me rolling. I'm like you, I have the most organized system in the world....I just wish I could remember what it. Is :-)
  25. Hi all! I posted this on the US Militaria forum for a friend. Scott Kraska turned this up at the MAX show this year. This is without a doubt, one of, if not the most RARE uniforms in existance. I'm copying my post there, as I am lazy. I wanted you all to see it though. It is an insane ensamble, to a mercenary's mercenary. The Riff War is a little known subject and the story of the Second Escadrille American is something even fewer people know of. With only 17 members this all American squadron it is possibly the rarest US Aviators grouping one could imagine. It was purchased from the family in Detroit about 1980 and has never been publically shown until now. This uniform, medal and insignia grouping belonged to Major Walter J. Sussan. He learned to fly at the Wright Brothers training school in 1915 and joined the Military in 1915 and was send to England where he became Royal Naval Air Service Pilot #1. He fought in Europe and in the Aegean being mentioned in dispatches and receiving the Croix de Guerre and the Greek Military Cross. After the War he fought against the Bolsheviks in Russia, being awarded the Order of St. George. In 1922 he left College and fought for the Greek Government against the Turks earning the Order of the Redeemer. In 1925 Sultan of Morocco was faced with the possibility of being overthrown and the French and Spanish Governments were trying to intercede. During the post War period, France had let her Air Force go fallow and there was a real shortage of Pilots. Charles Sweeney of Lafayette Flying Corps fame wanted to create a second Lafayette Escadrille, calling Pilots from the Lafayette Flying Corps and Escadrille to join. In the end, 17 Pilots volunteered, including many who were not original members of the Corps, for the Escadrille Amercain, later called the Escadrille Cherifienne. These Pilots flew Breguet Bombers against ground forces and targets, bombing and strafing the Enemy. The group consists of his Moroccan made tunic and cap, which bear the 5 pointed star of the Sultan of Morocco. His French wings adorn his right pocket and his French Legion of Honor his right side. In addition you can see the miniatures and full size medals, some with boxes, His Canadian RNAS badges and engraved breast wing, Escradrille Cherifienne photo ID card, 2 photo albums documenting his service as well as portrait photos, Squadron photo and shots of his Legion of Honor Presentation. His silk scarf, Sam Brown belt and goggles are also present as are many other interesting items.
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