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I was finally able to get a T1  3c OPA and am very satisfied.  Enjoy some images of the new acquisition and one shot of of a pair together.



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Question:  Military Orders such as this and the Order of Military Merit; who was eligible for these?  Could a Private, or even a Senior Sergeant receive any of these orders?  Or were these reserved for commissioned officers only?

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I've never seen that a Private was awarded with such orders and I belive they never were. I've seen a few documented orders awarded to a non-commissioned officers but those were the lowest 3rd class awards. I belive that 2nd and 1st classes were only awarded to commissioned officers.

These orders were also awarded to military officials (vojni službenici). Those were special ranks that were equal to normal ranks but didn't have a privilege of commanding the units during peace. There were 9 classes of those ranks, 1st was equal to Colonel and 9th was equal to Sergeant. The highest decoration that I've seen that was awarded to a military official was Order of People's Army 3rd class although I belive they could be awarded with the higher class.

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