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    I've been reorganising after moving earlier this year, and thought this group might be of interest. It belonged to Major Jordan of the Landwehr-Fussartillerie and came out of the woodwork years ago from the USA. Since Jordan died in 1945 in Thuringia, I believe these items were souvenired by US forces prior to the area being taken over by the Soviets.
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    Circa 1825 the Liverpool Town was policed by a rather rag tag outfit going under the loose title of the Liverpool Town and Liverpool Dock Police. By the mid century the crime on the river was becoming out of control and also the movement of gunpowder and other explosives on the river need to be Policed. In 1865 the Chief Constable got the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company to agree to fund a River Police. The Force was to be funded by the Dock Company but the officers were to be sworn in as Liverpool Borough Constables and administered by the Liverpool Borough Force Chief Constable. The River Police wore a different uniform and insignia. Officers wore a Naval refer style short coat, blue pullover with police logo and officers number displayed on front ( and possibly the back ) The Force remained a part of the Borough of Liverpool right through all changes including the 1880's when Liverpool became a City and the Police became the Liverpool City Police. The River Police continued on until the 15th of February, 1920, on which date it was absorbed into the Liverpool City Police proper. For a full overview of this force please go to the Liverpool City Police website. Insignia to the Liverpool River Police is very scarce on the market and in 50 years of collecting I have only seen one Cap Badge and one collar dogs come on the market., I know of two other Cap badges and two Collar dogs plus a number of buttons in a private collection. There was only ever approx. 14/15 men of all ranks so I am being generous saying they are scarce. In 1897 the Liverpool City Police decided to mark the Queens Diamond jubilee with a silver or bronze medal, this was to be a one off medal but circa 1900/01 the force began to issue similar medals for 20 years (Bronze) 25 years (Silver) and bars to silver medal for every 5 years thereafter. The Original medals bore the effigy of Queen Victoria. As the River police were funded solely the Dock Company I did not think that the River Police would be considered for an issue, imagine my delight to see a silver 1897 Liverpool City Police Jubilee medal to River Police Inspector John Elliott, there was only one Inspector in the River Police so this medal is unique and I believe that no other River Police officer received a medal. John Elliott was born in Weymouth, Dorset, c1845 and in 1851 was living with his Mother Jane ( Widow/Father at Sea ?) at Ivy Cottage,, Common District, Portland, Dorset. John joined the Royal Navy aged 13/14 years and by 1871 was serving as an Able Seaman on the Lord Warden of the Mediterranean Station. Sometime between 1871 and 1881 he leaves the Navy and briefly I believe he became a Constable in a Railway Company police Force but by 1881 he is a Constable in the Liverpool River Police, living with wife, Rose at 28 Canterbury Street, Everton District. !891 he is residing at 61 Gladstone Road, Edge Hill (Where I was born) with his wife Maggie. By 1901 he if living beside the River Mersey at 6 Wright Street, Egremont, Wallasey, Cheshire with Maggie. I lose sight of John after this date. During his service John was awarded a silver Marine Medal of The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for a rescue from the River A very rare medal indeed. Hope of interest
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    After a long time I finally managed to have the dirks in place. I used a Trilene monofilament, but I suggest using a multifilament instead, just in case. The displays look pretty good. Thank you for your useful advice Brian! Cin
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    I wanna share my latest addition to the collection. It is a temporary award document for an Order of the Red Star, awarded to Tzeva Mikhail Semenovich. I was not able to find anything of pamyat nor podwig naroda. Since he served in the organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, his records wouldn't be accessible on both websites mentioned before. Translation: By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council USSR from April 30th 1946, for long and excellent service in the organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Red Army you're being award with the Order of the Red Star. Deputy Head of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Chernihiv Region. Skoryk Wish you all a great Sunday. Best regards, SovPha
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    This is the only comprehensive study of the subject of WWI wings. Central Powers 2, which was first published in 2012, will soon be released (2020) with massive updates. It is now 376 pages. Covers the details of the original production and the many fakes. Good Hunting Panda Those badges are recent fakes that are coming out of Budapest Hungary.
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    Guys, just a quick heads up; I got the images I was looking for and the article will be coming out in the July/August edition of JOMSA. 🙂
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    Yes, indeed worn by non-Christians looked like this
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    It was roughly the equivalent of the German Landwehr Cross . For Christians ,the Muslims or Jews used a plate
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    Original from the reign of Nicholas II. It's the Cross of Militia. For Christians. Wearing hats
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    Dear members, Till very recently we have enjoyed fake free market..bad news is not any more I just want to alert the Forum that for a quite a while I have noticed some increase of Fake Bulgarian Orders on the Market The most faked one is Order of St Alexander Also faked pieces of high Classes of the Other Ordes have been on the Market, Some single fakes of rare Bulgarian medals as well Be alert Most of them I have noticed are on EBay, however some of them are now surfacing on different dealers sites and also on different Auctions in Europe. The source of some of them is also a Dealer in France, who is offering them to other dealers I am trying to gather some information and at this stage I will not publish any pictures or names not to offend any pesons. My advice at this stage Buyer Be Aware Look for any alterations/modifications, changed parts,new parts ,fake enamel, faked patina, wrong size, bad craftsmanship etc. The most important -the quality is not as good as the original period Decorations Ask questions, ask for more information..if in doubt pass it on Use a common sense and your knowledge and do not jump to any deal because is too good THe Good News is that these fakes are mainly high classess -Bad news is they are expensive for fakes. I am expecting any one who notices any such a piece to alert the Forum We have to try to stop such a practice and protect ourselfs Graf
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    Hi Petar, I agree with you and the other members - The Star is a fake I suspect that the enamel is a new soft one and will not pass the "needle test" The Star has so many bad spots to be original 1st Class Prince/King Ferdinand Model I also believe that the back plate cup with the maker name could have been copied from an original one There are Stars with the maker mark and also ones without this mark. The nuts on the back could be different Nevertheless all have very high quality finish You can see the nicely rounded edges of the stars arms See pictures provided It looks like that there is a new wave of fake Stars on the market I saw couple of similar Stars on the Bulgarian site -Auction.bg Well if there is a demand for Bulgarian Orders there will be always someone to try to "provide' them to the collectors. BTW Always be careful when the seller has a "story" and pretends not to have any knowledge. That is an Alarm bell ringing loudly Graf
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    This is a student's cap for a college fraternity. I believe in German it is a Studentenmuetze or Prunktoennchen for a Burschenschaft. The logo on top (or Zirkel as it is known in German) with the exclamation mark is the logo for the Viennese Bruna Sudetia academic fraternity. The high quality of hand-embroidery leads me to believe that the student to whom this hat belonged came from a wealthy family. Simi. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Bruna_Sudetia_Zirkel.jpg
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    ... and here is his medal bar:
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    Rittmeister von Rüdgisch appeared in the 1898 Prussian Ranklist as a member of the Dragoon Regiment "Prince Albrecht of Prussia" whose Regimental Chief was, in fact, Prince Albrecht of Prussia (who at that time was also the Regent of Braunschweig.) By 1899 Rüdgisch became a member of the Cavalry Training Department in the Turkish Ministry of War and rose to the rank of major-general in the Ottoman Army with the title "Pascha" eventually becoming Chief of the entire Cavalry Training Department. As of 1898, the awards Rüdgisch was entitled to wear were the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class and the 1897 Centenial Medal. Is it possible that he also received the Red Eagle Order 4th Class, the Braunschweig Henry the Lion Knight 1st Class, and the Prussian Long Service Cross for Officers sometime after 1898 while in Ottoman service? But the bigger question is: were German officers who transferred over to the Ottoman Army still entitled to receive German awards during the time they were in Ottoman military service? Would their years of service in the Ottoman Army count toward their total years of service in the Prussian Army, entitling them to receive the Long Service Cross for Officers?
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    I have this Russian Provisional Government Medal of Saint George 3rd Class for review:
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    Claudio, That is a beautiful Pickelhaube!! Here is some information regarding its owner. Andy Rudolf Urtel (06.08.1875-??) The 1941 Berlin Adreßbuch shows him as an Ingenieur living in Lichterfelde at Salzunger Pfad 11 22.03.15 Hptm. b. Personenkraftwagen Park d. Festung Metz 27.01.08-1914 Leutn./Oberlt. d.R. d. Kraftfahr B. [1908 Reserve Dienstaltersliste shows his profession as Ober Ingenieur in Berlin-Friedenau] 27.01.04-27.01.08 Leutn. d. Res. d. IR 94 all commissions were Reserve commissions Hptm. 22-03-15 Oberlt. 18-02-13 Leutn. 27-01-04
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    Morning Claudio, I think this is conclusive; from an extract of a Kriegs-Rangliste of III. Bavarian corps showing Major Trautmann's awards. From top to bottom: Bavarian Jubilee Medal BMVO3 with Crown and Swords Bavarian Long service Decoration (DA) 25 years Prussian Centenary Medal Prussian EK2 Prussian EK1 Prussian Hohenzollern House Order 3 with Swords Saxon Albrechts Order Knight 1st Class with Swords Hamburg Hanseatic Cross Austro-Hungarian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class Mecklenburg-Schwerin Military Merit Cross 2nd Class Regards Glenn
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    The penultimate ribbon (7) could be a Spanish decoration: Knight's Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica
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    Difficult to be absolutely certain, but I think this chap may well be the then Major i.G. Eugen Trautmann. Regards Glenn
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    Thank you Claudius. Some holes had to be done on the back so I could pass the filament through. This is not a professional work and I had no reference pictures, so I had to improvise. I’m sure this can be done better. I hope you find the pictures useful.
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    Hi Twin, the publishing date in the Staatsanzeiger was the 07th. September 1918. The Staatsanzeiger was always a bit faster than the Militärwochenblatt. So he's got it alive and most likely already end of August. :-) Best, Daniel
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    Hi all, There is a list of 170 decorations of "Hero i Popullit" and another of about 485 decorations of "Hero i Punes Socialiste". There is no "depot stock" for these decorations. From those data, a discount of about 20% should be made, which is given only the diploma not accompanied by the respective medal. Another discount of about 20%, must be made for melted medals. Thus, I believe that there should be about 100 People's Hero and about 350 Socialist Labor Hero. Regards, Zaim (ps. attach the collection of a friend of mine)
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    GGSD is the "Gamle Georg Stage Drenge" ("old Georg Stage boys") association. Instituted on November 29th, 1937. It's an association for former officers and crew from the Georg Stage training (sailing) ship. An unofficial medal of course... The association might still exist (I'm not sure).
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    Received today. One of the best orders of Queen Tamara (in terms of workmanship) in my collection.
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    He has Order of Medjidi 1 st Class and Liyakat metal (1st one from right)
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    Picture (drawing) of Friedrich Werner Schulenburg with Queen Tamara order. The Flag of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) on the background.
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    Jemeppe-sur-Meuse Awarded to combatants of the municipality. "Jemeppe S/M [sur-Meuse] in recognition to their combatants 1945" St. Jean-Geest "The Municipality of St. Jean-Geets Gratitude 1940-45" Liège The medal shows the city's gratitude towards their liberators (3th US Armored Divison) in the design of the medal. It shows the head of a G.I. with a laurel wreath on his helmet. To it's side it shows the Perron of Liège (symbol of the city) and the Statue of Liberty (symbol of America). "City of Liège V [Victory] 1940 1945"
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    After the war, many municipalities and cities awarded some medals to honor their combatants or victims of the war. These medals are not official and information about them is scarce. In this topic I show my own collection of them and share the information I have found. Feel free to contribute your own pieces and/or information. Ghent Awarded by the city of Ghent during the "Gentse Feesten" (Eng: The Ghent Festival) of 1920, in presence of members of the royal family, to all WW1 combatants and deported of the city of Ghent. The medal was also awarded to the widows or the rightful claiments of a fallen soldier. On of the shown pieces came in the box of the manufacturer "Jules Jooris". Medal of the Three Cities (Ypres, Diksmuide and Nieuwpoort) Created in 1955 and awarded by one of the three cities to combatants (usualy French or Belgian) who fought in their region. A bar with the name of the city is added on the ribbon of the medal. It is possible that one combatant has two or all three bars on the ribbon. Medal of Liège Awarded in 1920 during a ceremony, with crown prince Leopold (later King Leopold III) en General Leman (Commander of the Fortifications of Liège in 1914), to the defenders of the fortifications around the city and to inhabitants of the city who were political prisoners and tried by a German Court.
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    The Schaumburg-Lippe Kreuz für treue Dienste was awarded on 19.6.1917. According to the Hof- und Staatshandbuch des Königreichs Bayern and the Bayerisches Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt, he received the Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael 4. Klasse in 1888. The statutes for the order were revised in 1910, upgrading this to the version with the crown. I have no information about his service record, but I would agree with your conclusions about the Prussian/German service medals.
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    Bravery medals and merit crosses to non Austrians -yes. Best, Daniel
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    Wow!! Thanks. I just recalled a couple of pictures when you had them vertically in small wooden shelves, but the green backing and horizontal display looks amazing. The bavarian gunner is really a killer. And all those observers... what an incredible array of airmen you have there. Thanks again. It is never enough.
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    For sure Chris. I was in a room with Christopher Plummer and 20-odd others a few years ago In the VIP room at the Stratford Festival (I’m no VIP but i was there with one). My wife said “come and meet Mr. Plummer.” I said “why would Christopher Plummer want to meet me?” She responded “he probably doesn’t want to meet me either but he’s going to.” I thought about telling him how much I enjoyed his portrayal of Wellington....not in Waterloo but in Patrick Wilson’s “Witness to Yesterday” historical interview show. Didn’t happen. Oh well...Carpe Diem isn’t my motto.
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    Frameries The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war. Roeselare The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the Armistice. Wetteren Awarded to their combatants. The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the Armistice. Massemen Awarded to the civilians of the municipality who were claimed by the Germans for forced labour.
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    Hello friends, It seems there was a need for Tamara ribbons in germany in the 20ies and 30ies. This is from the stock of a well known German outfitter. 27mm, 15mm and 9mm Tamara ribbons. Funny enough, Mr. G. sorted these among "Russia", Best, Daniel
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    Fake Ferdinand Election medal 1st class (on the left). This is a converted 3rd class medal (in the middle) with enamel applied to the center elements. Authentic medal is on the right, you can clearly see distinct features of 1st class (rays under red enamel, details in center on reverse, etc.).
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    Today 75 years ago the city of Berlin was taken by the Soviet army. Here is the original announcement of the Soviet Information Bureau about the surrender of the city of Berlin. https://xn--80abjd7bf.xn--80acgfbsl1azdqr.xn--p1ai/наша победа/информбюро/2 мая
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    Gratitude Certificate # 359 for taking Berlin awarded to Anna Ivanovna Vasileva on May 2nd, 1945. Award document for taking Berlin with the medal awarded to Lyahov Vladimir Aleksandrovich.
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    Rick woulda flipped over this... A Black ribboned EK for service on the homefront.... quite a bit rarer than a white ribbon cross....
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    Hello GMIC members, This is my 1st post in this awesome forum👌. I am sharing with you some of my war time guards badges. I will try to post more and more stuff in the next couple of days, weeks, and hopefully years🙂. Best regards, SovPha
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    Hi Here is a group from Officer of the Jäger Bataillon Nr. 13. Only two officers received these combo. The first one is Leutnant Paul Hederich who died in 1916 (he 's not received the RK) and the second one is Oberleutnant Georg Graf Vitzthum v.Eckstädt (who died in 1945). The Saxon Jäger visor hat is very rare to find. Mine is not in excellent condition but I have one. It's the most important for me.
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    This item is not only unique but leaves many questions that will be never answered. During my stay in Ireland in 2014, I have purchased these binocular in Germany from an auction house. It took me almost 2 years when I recognized the little secret associated with them. After carefully cleaning them, the lid on the top came off and unveiled this outstanding surprise. It contained a secret message on a carefully sewed silk piece. Underneath the silk piece, I found another piece of paper (Soviet bank transfer order) with a translation of the Russian text into German. These binoculars 6x30 were made by Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. Rochester N.Y. USA., and supplied to England in 1940 during WWII. The binoculars show the large British Broad Arrow acceptance markings to the front along with a serial number. Translation: Albert! Your good heart, honesty, and frankness have left indelible feelings in my heart for you. Dora. October 18th, 1941 Taganrog. I started to research the name of the place + date and found out that the Rostov Defensive Operation was taking place during this time. The Soviet counter-attack delivered as part of the general Donbass-Rostov Strategic Defensive Operation (29 September 1941 – 16 November 1941) also forced Rundstedt's Army Group South to order his 1st Panzer Army to maneuver in order to be better placed to counter any further Soviet thrusts in the Romanian sector of the front, and also to attempt an encirclement of the two Soviet Armies, which was partly successful in the area of Chernigovka where on 8 October the commander of the 18th Soviet Army, General-Lieutenant A.K. Smirnov, was killed by artillery fire on his command post in the village of Popovka during the breakout attempt between 5th and 10th October 1941. This was interpreted by Hitler as such a success that he declared "The battle of the Sea of Azov is over" on 11 October before the troops had even reached their objective. As a commemorative gesture, Hitler issued the order to redesignate the Leibstandarte Brigade as SS Division Leibstandarte. The German 11th Army was ordered back to Crimea to effect the breakthrough of the Isthmus of Perekop. Perceiving that the way to Rostov and the Caucasus was open, Hitler issued an order transferring the objective from the 11th Army to the 1st Panzer Army and attaching to it ill-prepared Romanian 3rd Army, the Italian Alpine Corps, and the Slovakian Motorised Brigade. During the subsequent reorganization of Axis forces the III Panzer Corps and XIV Panzer Corps took the lead, supported by the XLIX Mountain Corps recently arrived from Crimea. By 17 October 1941, the Mius River was crossed by the 14th Panzer Division and Taganrog was captured by German troops, with the mountain troops entering Stalino, forcing the newly formed 12th Army into a renewed withdrawal. However, the autumn rains had begun, and the Rasputitsa ("roadlessness") had set in slowing the 1st Panzer Army's advance to "meter by meter". This meant that the leading German units did not reach the outskirts of Rostov until mid-November, having lost contact with the Red Army in the meantime. The assault on Rostov began on 17 November, and on 21 November the Germans took Rostov. However, the German lines were over-extended, and Kleist's warnings that his left flank was vulnerable and that his tanks were ineffective in the freezing weather were ignored. One month later the Rostov Offensive Operation took place. On 27 November the 37th Army, commanded by Lieutenant-General Anton Ivanovich Lopatin, as part of the Rostov Strategic Offensive Operation (17 November 1941 – 2 December 1941), counter-attacked the 1st Panzer Army's spearhead from the north, forcing them to pull out of the city. Adolf Hitler countermanded the retreat. When Rundstedt refused to obey, Hitler sacked him and replaced him with Reichenau. However, Reichenau saw at once that Rundstedt was right and succeeded in persuading Hitler, via Franz Halder, to authorize the withdrawal, and the 1st Panzer Army was forced back to the Mius River at Taganrog. It was the first significant German withdrawal of the war. We will never know who Dora and Albert was. But the feelings Dora described to Albert, are defiantly related to a great love story during the Great Patriotic War. Thank you for reading.
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    Greetings, Meet Herr Heinrich PRETZEL, who seems to have had some interesting years : Photo was taken in Gross-Tychow (now "Tychowo"), not so far from Danzig/Gdansk. Any chance to identify his other awards / decypher the comments / find out more about his service ? Cheers ! Jerome
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    I have 1 piece skanderbeg ikom numbered documented. But in albania docs does not signed the number of medal. Number 531.
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    A next example of this award with a law number.I do not want the topic to dust in omittance.
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    The gold class is gilded silver, but exist rare exemplars in solid gold. Regards, Zaim
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    HI to all, I think the price 585 E (~650 USD) is out of the logic. This is one from my collection. Regards, Zaim
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