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  1. Lifesaving medals are something really special and among, if not the most distinctive awards - each medal a life saved from greatest danger... you cannot say the same about many other awards! So, despite we have already seen a Bavarian here some thirteen years ago, I'm bumping this thread up with another one, single mounted, that will be in my shop's update tomorrow. Looking their history up, I noticed two things that are most unusual and worth mentioning: Despite their monarchistic design, these were handed out until the early 30s, when they were superseded by a very short lived and
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  2. Thank you . dealer offered it to me for $375 with shipping . i may do it since I know it’s a good MVK2 ?
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  3. Has it really been 14 years already? Anyway, time for an update: As was suggested by Rick a long time ago, I have gone through Holm's website (http://ww2.dk) again and compiled all the missing Flak Oberstleutnants: So both the list above and this additional one constitute a compilation of those Flak Obersten and Oberstleutnants who were - commanders of a Flak Regiment, Flak Scheinwerfer Regiment, Flak Ersatz Regiment, Flak Sturm Regiment, Festungs Flak Regiment, Flak Lehr Regiment or Heimat Flak Abteilung, - commanders of a Flak Brigade, - commanders of a Flak Division,
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  4. Let's put it this way: he's definitely not somebody I would expect to see on a propaganda poster personifying the Master Race.
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  5. Hello! I recently bought a certificate for a Swedish naval captain is awarded the officer degree of the Legion of Merit and have some questions. Unfortunately there was only the document, not the medal. 1. Was the awarded medal engraved with the recipients name on the back? 2. According to some photographs he was later awarded the commanders grade (neck cross) of the Legion of Merit. Is it possible to find out when? He got the officer degree in 1979. 3. I would like to find a medal to display with the document, but I want it to be original and correct time (1979). Ca
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  6. In exactly a month from now, the doors for the 42nd International Collectors' Convention at Gunzenhausen will open. The show is considered Germany's No. 1 and one of the best in Europe, if you're going for orders and decorations. I will be having a table as well, of course, and would look forward to meet some of you fellow Gentlemen again. Check here for the organizers' additional information, e. g. some requirements due to the current pandemic. Also, please watch out for further announcements. We are all hoping the best, but other shows have been already been canceled.
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  7. Well, the insanity goes on. There is another pair of these reenactment-pictures up for sale (the beard is so clearly glued to the mans face its ridiculous) and bidding has reached 2900 (!) Euros. I just cannot understand it. If anyone is interested to have a look: https://www.ebay.de/itm/2-x-Fotos-Leib-Husar-Offizier-Danzig-Pelzmutze-Totenkopf-Leibhusaren/254713135595?hash=item3b4e1601eb:g:mc4AAOSwGQJfV4d3 By the way @Simius Rex - It looks like the arrows painted on all these pictures are very similar, all from one seller who perhaps got a bunch of these and now slowly sells them a p
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  8. I just found his obituary which notes that he served in the German Cavalry. was captured in Romania, was a POW in Russia and returned to Germany after the war ended.
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  9. Thanks scottplen. Waldo you look pretty close with your prices, the EK2 can have a large price variation depending on the manufacturer, quality and whether it is a cast iron core or stamped steel.
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  10. RedMaestro, Thank you for your response. You can also look forward to my planned fourth book which, like the first three, will address in great detail elements of the same subject. Regards, slava1stclass
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  11. Peter , do you know these Artillerymen method used to fire . one shot short the other long ,then you divided the diference between and the third shot must fall certere . Well ,we need the one who made bullseye The field is Spain and there options are Fabrica de Armas de Toledo or Fabrica de Trubia .
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  12. Try to contact "love 4 history" member. I think he is one of the active researchers, familiar with the museum' s library...
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  13. I am afraid there is some sort of confusion: - Prussian regiments did not have individual coat of arms but would all display the Prussian eagle on their helmets. - Even pre-1866 Nassovian troops did not have a horse but a lion on their shakos. Maybe you are referring to Hannover? - None of the battles took place in 1813.
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  14. I thought of creating this topic since we don't have any that relates to the matter. At least not to my knowledge. Here are some photos of my humble collection of those ribbon bars. In the future, I will also post some more photos which I collected on the internet.
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  15. Gentlemen, I think that the clasp reads, 'Baghdad'. Regards, Owain
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  16. Great looking bar of a Knights Cross Holder. Who is it?
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  17. Romanian Order of the Star.
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  18. There are many more surviving photos of veterans of Napoleon's Grand Armee than there are of the German veterans of the Napoleonic Wars. Here are two recipients of the EK2-1813 photographed in 1863. Note that THIS is how photographs from the mid 19th century should look !!
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  19. Hello, Coastal Artillery Officers in Winter Clothing and Ski Equipment! Best,Morten.
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  20. Hello, Thanks for comment ;Odulf, Larry, Fernando and Bayrn! Cheers,Morten. Hello, Coastal Artillery Soldier with his accordion! Cheers,Morten. Hello, Küstenartillerie Officer with his bike. See medal ribbon on the left side and the rounded belt buckle. Cheers,Morten.
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  21. The case lid inscription reads 再建十周年記念 - In commemoration of 10th anniversary of rebuilding [the japan-germanу society] 学校法人 日獨協会 - Foundation Japanisch-Deutscher Gesellschaften https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsch-Japanische_Gesellschaft http://www.jdg.or.jp/
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  22. 1962年 再建十周年纪念 财团法人日独协会 Is the small badge of this association
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  23. If No one here can translate the script for you, try posting it to the South Asian Military Heritage Group on Facebook. Ashok Nath and Ed Haynes, two of the most expert people I know on South Asian medals are active there.
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  24. Bar arrived ! Here is better pictures.
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  25. Tarnished? That's the understatement of the century. As an avid road cyclist, I never believed all the hype surrounding this guy, and when you research the scale of the conspiracy surrounding his 'achievements' you get pretty cynical about the state of this sport.
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  26. Here we have a small but interesting article from the Dundee Courier, dated Wednesday the 10th of October in 1877. Therefore the story is 143 years old and is titled '''London Policemen and their Beards - City of London Policemen denied the right to have beards.''' London Policemen and their Beards - London City Police Constables are complaining of the regulation which denies them the privilege long since conceded to the Metropolitan Police of wearing beards and moustaches. ''Of course writes one, if beards are wrong in one place, they are wrong in another.'' In Victorian London
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  27. Hi Andreas, yes he was awarded the Ehrenzeichen 1.st class on 18.th of october 1909.
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  28. Saxcob is right, this guy got the KDM for 1870/71 then served the whole imperial era and earned the EK 2 on the white ribbon in WW1 and also the Merit Cross for War Aid in 1917. This medal bar tells a life time story of an guy who lived and served Prussia well in the good old imperial time! I love medal bars like this.
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  29. A contemporary colorised portrait of a Funker-Obergefreiter (Leading Signaller), with the Sonderlaufbahnabzeichen (Specialty bafdge) for Entfenungsmesser mit Unteroffizierlehrgang (Range Taker - Candidate NCO). The applied "lipstick" and "Kardesian style" eyebrows makes it in our modern eyes look rather bizzare.
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  30. Old thread, I know.... Quite often, when I come across something, I think, Rick would love to see it.... This photo came to me recently. Legendary triple lifesaver Lt. Wittmer Best, Daniel
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  31. So sorry to hear that poor Elie was caught up in this horrific incident, good news at least that both he and his family are safe.
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  33. The devastation caused by this ghastly explosion is almost beyond belief and is a major blow to an already stricken Lebanon. In this context, and in the light of how close he was, we should be thankful for the survival of your friend, a fellow member of our community, despite injury - and what sounds like a harrowing journey to get help - and the loss of his home. How fortunate that his family wasn't with him at the time. Let us hope that his recovery in body and mind is a speedy one.
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  34. Gentlemen, My friend Elie's apartment was some 600 meters from yesterday's explosion in Beirut. Whilst his wife and two boys were away he was at home and is lucky to have survived - apartment (and block) severely damaged - most probably beyond repair. He has some 72 stitches in 22 places. The first two hospitals he walked to barefoot were trashed - only after 3kms he got to a hospital where he was attended to. As he said to me today he is grateful to be alive. Pray for Lebanon. Owain
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  35. Such a book has been produced "DIE MÜTZENBÄNDER DER DEUTSCHEN MARINE / 1815-1918 / Königlich Preussische Marine - Norddeutsche Bundesmarine - Kaiserliche Marine", by Bernd Wedeking & Markus Bodeux; Publishers: VDM Verlag in Zweibrücken, 2005; ISBN 3-86619-000-X. In German language. To me this book is the Gospel about this subject, and unfortunately there has not (yet) been a follow-up for the period 1919-1945 or to 2019. It has been gigantic labour to collect all the information from archives, the original tallies and variations, and photos of all the tallies in wear in crystal clear
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  36. Hello Waldo, Thank you for providing the link to this cast forgery. The quality of this forgery is good. For years, many collectors were deceived by these finely-cast pieces. I hope that members here study it, so that they avoid this type of counterfeit. It should also be noted that this isn't the only medal forgery like this. Many other types of medal forgeries have been made like this. They are sometimes still described as "original" pieces. Best regards,
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  37. Hello Chuck, The enamel looks fine on your MVO 4th with Crown and Swords by Weiss u. Co. Each maker (Weiss, Leser, Gebruder Hemmerle, etc) had their own blue enamel shade. Your enamel is of the correct shade and is translucent which is correct. In my experience, the Gebruder Hemmerle pieces usually have the lightest shade of blue which is therefore more translucent and it is easier to see the "herringbone" pattern underneath. The Weiss pieces have a shade darker than the G.H. pieces, and the Jakob Leser pieces have the darkest shade. Best regards,
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  38. All I can find in my books are the statues of 1902 and they don´t mention foreign recipients criteria at all. Only that Commander 2nd class and knight 2nd class was only awarded to foreigners until 1889, after that they can be awarded to swedes too. Swedes could be awarded the order of the sword for things like long service, bravery in the field or service to the country. I am working on transcribing the award rolls for the Swedish orders from 1748 to 1974 and are almost done with commander 2nd class. My biggest issue is lack of time...
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  39. Hello ,Prym is active today and manufactures many types of hooks and fasteners ,eyelets etc .Simply enter in the web as Prym Agrafes .then select Images and you can see what is offered
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  40. Nice! This gives at least a hint who it may be - I would place my bet on Major a. D. Kühne, Artillery, Halle. The medals fit if we consider, from left to right (viewer perspective): EK21813, Kriegsdenkmünze für Kämpfer (version unclear), Dienstauszeichnungskreuz, Erinnerungs-Kriegsdenkmünze 1863 - seems he had his medals arranged a little crude on the occasion of the 50 years celebrations of the latter year. But of course it's all only a guess... 😉 Cheers ArHo
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  41. Just for interest, a couple of colourisations I did some time ago
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  42. 1) Order for Military Merits 3rd Class 2) Medal for Military Merits 3) Medal for Military Virtues 4) 30 Years of Victory over Fascism Medal 5) 40 Years of YPA Medal
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  43. 1) Medal for Bravery 2) Medal of Merits for the People 3) Medal for Military Merits 4) 10 Years of YA Medal 5) 20 Years of YPA Medal
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  44. Start of with an unusual one.... Festungs Infanterie Bataillon 1409 , formed in August of 1944 and fought in Holland... dounle signed because they had no stamp...
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  45. Rudolf Everhard Friedemann Mackensen von Astfeld, born 1.7.1884 in Straßburg in Elsaß (Strasbourg). Entered service on 31.10.03 as a Fahnenjunker in Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 3. Served in World War I with JB 3 and as a MG-Offizier with IR 375, Armeeabteilung Scheffer, LIR 17, 85.Ldw.Div., Geb.-MG-Abt. 213, Ers.-Geb.-MG-Abt. 3, and MS-Scharfsch.-Kdo. West Tongern. Retired on 16.1.20 as a char. Major. Returned to duty on 1.6.35 as a Maj.(E) (with effect from 1.3.35 and an RDA of 1.6.32). Kdr. WBK Wuppertal from 1.4.36 to 3.3.39, then Kdr. WBK Goslar from 1.4.39 to 15.1.45. Oberstleutnant on 1.
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  46. Ah, at least I know that has found a good home now! George TRIED to make a scan of that for me for the eventual second edition of my online ribbon bar article (a new AUTHORIZED version, not the one which has been stolen from me)... but he was TERRIBLE at scans and never got the hang of how to do it. THIS was as "good" as I was able to "improve" his scan to me : [attachmentid=54476] Unfortunately, once he got the "new technology" he didn't send me XEROXES any more, which I kept and scribbled on for my reference files. We were both intrigued by this VERY non-regulation MKFVO cipher-- not o
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