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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and worth mentioning: Despite their monarchistic design, these were handed out until the early 30s, when they were superseded by a very short lived and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. Here's a set, my father's. I've eight of these sets,oddly, only one sports a national defense ribbon (obviously not this one) . . . guess he didn't like it.
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Sorry to arrive late. I think we can all agree politics has no place here... and I say that even with the politics I agree with. Last thing we need a a pre election fratricide. Lets get back to militaria.
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  6. Hello ArHo! A rare photo!!!!! He wears the so-called "Friedensrock"! Grey tunic with red cuffs and collars and white shoulder straps! To me it´s Inf.Rgt.106 from Leipzig.
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  7. 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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  8. Here the corret data of Leo Jacobsen from my List "Seeoffiziere". The complete list contains all ranks and branches of the imperial german navy, so it is not so detailed Best regards Markus Jacobson, Leo 1880, 04.15. Pr. Centenarmedaille Kapitänleutnant 1897, 03.22.S Torpedowerkstatt Friedrichsort, Assistent Jacobson, Leo 1880, 04.15. DK Danebrog-O. Ritterkreuz
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  9. Bonjour, Well it even seems that the 3 photos are showing the same "Model", with different types of false moustaches/beards... Definitely dodgy sales - someone will get badly burnt.. (well, IF there is actually a real bidder in these auctions !) Jerome
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  10. @ArHoYou're right about these photographs being offered by the same seller. He goes under various names on eBay but he marks-up the auction pics with the same kinds of recognizable red lines and arrows. @Trooper_D If people want to collect and invest serious money in EARLY and MID 19th photographs, they should first learn how to recognize and distinguish the physical characteristics of genuine Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes and CDVs from this period. Then, tricky and misleading wording will no longer be factors. I downloaded the photos in ArHo's link because the auction p
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  11. The bidding is all the stranger for the seller saying no more than that the man is wearing an 1850 model busby. It has to be said, of course, that this is careful wording which, while factually correct, allows a naive bidder room to read more into the description than is justified.
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  12. I’ve wanted one of these for years and either procrastinated or missed my opportunity. I could a descent one a couple years ago to display on a tunic but just got one I think rather nice with its case of issue. I’m happy with them even though the first one has lost gilt to the swords I wonder why that seems to happen to so many awards. I think my focus may been more on the ek in the photo of the first Crown my new cased Crown
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  13. I recall in my youth going to various patriotic hereditary society events with my mother. Many of the men were decked out like nobility with their mini medals. This bar is such an example. I find such groups fascinating as I have often likened medals and ribbons to the idea of "wearing your resume." So this group illustrates the wearers military and fraternal resume for people to see.
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. The same point as always: To screw collectors, and to make money. In the past ten or fifteen years, prices for Ottoman awards were absolutely skyrocketing, and the high demand - and prices! - created a legion of fake stars, in several sizes and different qualities. To be honest, I'm not sure if a reduced size of this award was ever made back in the days. I cannot remember one authentic piece (and no, yours won't change my mind). Oversized examples are well known and established, of course. Whoever told you all recent fakes are standard size only apparently doesn't study the fake market or
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  17. 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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  18. I just saw this thread. Honestly, I think of him every day and really miss him. Collecting has not been the same for me since his death.
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  19. Dear all, Here I’m posting a couple of pictures I have taken in the castle Veste in Coburg. The medal bar is of Ernst II Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha. I think also the breast stars shown with the PlM should be his, but I’m not sure. There were at least two other displays which I haven’t taken the pictures. Very likely there were also the orders & breast stars of Ernst I . Ernst I didn’t wear the PlM, like Ernst II did, very likely because he participated to all German wars and major political events from 1840ies until 1870 (he got the PlM in 1849). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w
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  20. If anyone is interested the Frontiersmen still exist just much smaller numbers. The University of Alberta in Edmonton has an official Frontiersmen Archives and will be having them digitized so anyone can read them. They were also so kind as to do a reprint of the Frontiersmen's Pocketbook which is an exact copy of the 1st edition using my original and Geoff Pococks our magnificent historian laureate. While we no longer are affiliated to the RCMP since 1939, we still enjoy a good relationship with them and in some communities march with them on parade. Thanks to the late Countess Mountbatten La
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  21. Thank you Peter. Stuka I have attached the entire Item (after a bit of cleaning).
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  22. Gentlemen, At long last I am pleased to post pictures of my Great-Great Aunt's awards - collected today. l tried initially to have the MiD mounted above the rack of 5 but this proved to be too difficult. Then it was between the Victory Medal and the Rafidain, but whilst technically correct, it looked very, very strange and ungainly so finally decided upon having it at the end for display purposes. Kind regards, Owain
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  23. Gentlemen, I think that the clasp reads, 'Baghdad'. Regards, Owain
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  24. You're right. This ribbon was used only prior to 1932 for the Order of the Crown. It was then used for the Order of the Star after 1932. The enamel on the device also looks red to me and there's no crown on top of the device. Since I collect mostly Imperial and Weimar, the ribbon tripped me up. I edited my previous post.
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  25. Jan Kube in his book Militaria , tells about the Centennial uniforms manufactured to conmemorate not only centenary of Battles but also regimental ones . including Bavaria .
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  26. 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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  27. Hello, Coastal Artillery Officers in Winter Clothing and Ski Equipment! Best,Morten.
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  28. 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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  29. Bar arrived ! Here is better pictures.
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  30. 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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  31. Hello! Yes, it´s a MG08/15. It´s probably an inofficial badge. I´ve seen it a few times before. A rare photo! Congrats!
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  32. 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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  34. 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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  35. Hello! Heres is Korps Kühne, an overview of my collection and an article I wrote for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Heereskunde Verbandsabzeichen.pdf
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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 1) Medal for Military Merits 2) 30 Years of YPA Medal 3) 30 Years of Victory over Fascism Medal 4) 40 Years of YPA Medal
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  40. A cute one, got it together with decorations. 1) Order for Bravery 2) Order of Merits for the People 3rd Class 3) Medal for Bravery
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  41. 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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  42. CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH HEINRICH GOCKEL EK2 1870: The only rank date I have anything on was Major 22 September 1877-- in 1879 5./ Baden Dragoner Regiment 22. Out of all the many hundreds of groups I talked about with George over 30 years, apparently I misremembered. I think now (obviously, from the below) that Gockel must have RETIRED 1887-88 not died then. In any event, 1880s Ranglisten will narrow down when he got the Schwarzburg Honor Cross. With no EK oakleaves or 1897 Centenary medal your bar dates between that years and 1895. And here he was, A
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  43. I've never run into any SS ID's from the "Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle." I know Rosenberg was involved in the Race and Resettlement program early on but , I don't know when Himmler to control ...a lot of reading ahead of me !
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