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This is the Dutch medal for the police actions in the former Netherlands East Indies. This medal originates from 1947. The awardance procedure from the WW2 medal was copied from the procedure used with this medal. The yearclasps are given to somebody who was actually in armed combat with the terrorists.

Herman

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In 1951 a new medal was created for Dutch personell serving in Korea. Again the Dutch firm Koninklijke Begeer at Voorschoten got the order. Realising that the profit is higher when you do the whole process from start to end, the medal was completely fabricated by Begeer as the reverse will show.

Herman V

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The last campaignmedal awarded in this way was the New Guinea Cross (Nieuw Guinea Kruis) of 1962.

Unfortunately i do not have a picture of the reverse aswell.

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From 1979 on new medals are awarded to Dutch military personell serving abroad.

In general they are all awarded hanging from its ribbon. A few exceptions are to be seen and the medal in posting 32 is an example of that. I have seen several other examples but they are scarce. Lets say 90 % of the Dutch single medals made in the so called 'Prussian style' are privately made by several Dutch private medal firms as 'van Wielik' etc. All of the medalgroups are put together by the same firms.

One example of a single decoration made in the Prussian style upon its awardance is the Officers Long Service Cross for 15 years.

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This is a picture of the latest Dutch campaign medal instituted in 2001.

The same medal is also pictured in posting # 8.

The clasp ISAF is given to military personell serving for at least 30 days in the Afghan Theatre of Operations.

At the moment some 30-some different clasps for this medal are issued. Other clasps are: EUMM, UNFICYP, ENDURING FREEDOM, SFOR, UNMEE-DJIBOUTI, MIF, AMBER FOX, EUFOR, KFOR, UNTSO, WEU MAPE, VN OPERATIES, NAVO OPERATIES, STABILISATION FORCE IRAK among others.

regards

Herman

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This is the Dutch campaign medal for the Balkans 1992. Among others it was given for serving with SFOR. In 2001 this medal was abolished and a new medal (the one in above topic #42) was instituted with the clasp SFOR.

The second medal is the NATO medal with the clasp 'former yugoslavia' which came with the tour.

regards

Herman

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This is the Bronze Lion (Bronzen Leeuw), instituted in 1944. It is the second highest bravery medal of the Netherlands.

Lastly awarded for actions in Afghanistan in 2010.

This are three different versions. From left to right; WW2 version of Garrard, London, Post WW2 by Rijksmunt and post war by Koninklijke Begeer

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Hello,

after 3 1/2 months of silence in this thread I will give it another push. I invite everybody to post his / her pictures of Dutch medals, awards and orders in this thread.

I enclose a picture of a medalgroup of a Dutch warhero. He flew as a bomberpilot in the war from the Dutch East-Indies. Evaded to Australia in 1942, flew in Mitchell bombers and commanded the Dutch 18th NEI Squadron in action against the Japanese.

He was awarded the Dutch (1944) and British DFC (1945). In 1950 he got the highest Dutch bravery award, the Militaire Willemsorde 4th class for all his actions in WW2. HRH Prince Bernhard awarded the cross personally in june 1951.

After the war he left the Airforce and became a businessman. He stayed on reservist status and eventualy got promoted to reserve-Commandeur (1 star General in the Dutch Airforce).

He died in1997. His uniform and awards are kept and shown in the Dutch Airforce museum at Soesterberg.

His name: Ir. Dirk Lucas Asjes.

If you google him, some other interesting things will appear. Flying in an airrace before WW2 is one of them

regards

Herman

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Sigh, give this another push.

The medalgroup in the picture is of a previous commander of the Dutch Royal Marines Major General Arnold J. Romijn.

He commanded the Marine Corps from 1977 to 1980.

Herman

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Although Common, I thought these three medals may be of interest as they are to 3 Merchant Seamen brothers from Rotterdam, there were 6 Brothers in all 2 were taken to Labour Camps and one who was much older remained in Rotterdam.

Adrianus married an English woman and remained in UK, Johann returned to Holland and was re-joined by his wife who had survived a Concentration Camp and the youngest Lodewike married an English woman and lived in Durban, South Africa.

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Here is another bar which belongs to a famous Dutch Prince.

The one who knows his name can add to this string !

regards

Herman

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He was obviously quite a brave man as he has the Royal Humane Society Life Saving Medal in bronze, so presumably spent some time in the UK.

Paul

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