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  1. As people are still buying fakes of these badges in the belief that they are getting amazing bargains for half or two-thirds of the price they might pay for the genuine article, it seems logical to start a topic featuring authentic examples and the various fakes, some of which have been out there for more than thirty years. Sincere questions, comments and contributions are welcome but please, if you have a badge you have seen on eBay or some such site and wish to know more about it, start a separate topic as the aim of this topic is for serious students of the subject to be able to help less e
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  2. Your words are music for my ears, my friend! That is why I am doing all this ...
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  3. "But, nevertheless, I think this is my (our) mission to spread knowledge. And we will do, I hope..." I am with you there, my fellow small-printings brother. WE will "soon" be gone from this planet, but the "things" will remain and people who aren't even born yet will be glad that WE did the research work so they don't have to, when sources available to us may also have been lost. In many ways, a book is as enduring as the Great Pyramids of Egypt-- and yes, the authors were the slave labor! :cheeky:
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  4. Hello Thank you very much for the picture. To my knowledge it is the regiment only one whose medals carry this star burst on reverse. Such Valore Militare 1859 artillery medals were privately but regimentely engraved. For the boat here is a french naval roll for 1859: 304 seamen and 20 gun Regards
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  5. Hello, Thanks to Vétéran for his first rate summary about the Sardinian AVM awarded to the French forces for Crimea and Italy campaigns. Concerning the navy medal, I have only listed 22 such medals awarded to the French navy , but yours is the only one with an attribution to the Vauban I have ever seen. This war ship belonged to the siege fleet under admiral Bouët Willaumez's command, eligible for the French Italy commemorative medal, for service between May 3rd and July 8th 1859.It was a paddle frigate, launched 1845 at Lorient, engaged in the Baltic and Crimea campaigns, and
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  6. Brian The Regiment of Tirailleurs (nicknamed "Turcos") were engaged in the Crimean campaign and received 7 AVMs, 2 of which went to native Algerians (one sergeant and one bugler). 114 AVMs went to the Tirailleurs for the Campaign in Italy, but I have no idea how many were awarded to native Algerians. A conservative estimate would be 10 to 20. This was a generous batch, quite comparable to the numbers allotted to other Infantry units, and possibly more than some all French regiments received. In both instances, the Sardinian Government made a number of medals available for the French Arm
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