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    Option A or Option B What you are about to read you may find disturbing or even offensive. If you do then you need to grow up. The permanency of life is an illusion and you cannot afford to delude yourself to thinking you are immortal. Therefore, if you have elected to read on, you have been duly warned and I will make no apologies if you find your delicate feelings have been hurt. Jim [not his real name] was 6 foot 2 inches tall, a big guy but not such as you would say was overweight at all. Age had left him, as it does most of us, a little soft in the midsection. This was just about all that was soft about Jim. He had the weathered look of someone who had worked hard out in the elements; a grizzled beard peppered with gray and a gruff personality pretty well summed up what Jim looked like. To most of the office staff he was a scary fellow best avoided and this had not changed since he became Zone Officer and was now stationed in head office. Others, like me, who have been seasoned by years of working in the field recognized a kindred spirit and fully appreciated his dark sense of humour. Jim had been with the Authority for 31 years and had become part of the corporate landscape. Late in 2011, after feeling unwell for a period of time, he made a rare appointment with his doctor. At 59 years of age he was told, after a battery of tests that he had prostate cancer, and worse it had spread to his bones and was now throughout his body. Jim knew his chances were extremely slim to none, with “none” being the odds on favour. He also knew what lay ahead of him with the proposed radiation and chemotherapy followed by what would most likely be a long agonizing death filled with unimaginable pain and suffering, held at bay for a while with massive amounts of drugs. In the end he knew he would be in a vegetative state out of touched with the world and loved ones only to finally die in a haze of confusion and pain. He was aware that his family and friends would be put through their own form of suffering as he slowly wasted away. It was time for Jim to weight his options. Option A: To go through the torture and suffering ahead knowing full well that death awaited him in the end, or Option B. Early this week Jim made his choice and took his own life. I cannot judge Jim’s choice of Option B, even though I have fought and won two battles against cancer, as I have never stood at the threshold of the great unknown and had to make that fateful decision. I only wish he had chosen to have had a simple prostate examination a few years ago. If he had I would not likely be writing this missive today. Rest in Peace old buddy. Now, my friend, it is your time to make a decision. If you have not already done so, make an appointment with your doctor and set up a prostate exam. Otherwise you may have to make the choice of, Option A or....Option B. Respectfully Brian
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    The replies above have identified the typical ways a Landesorden was awarded. Practice varied from state to state, especially with regard to which award one might get, and the criteria changed during the war. Braunschweig, for instance, initially only awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz on the blue-yellow ribbon if you served at the front or in the Kriegsschauplatz, with awards on the yellow-blue ribbon for merit on the homefront. Eventually, Braunschweig changed this to follow Prussia's practice, where military personnel in the Heimat could receive the Iron Cross on the black-white ribbon. So, early in the war, someone stationed at the stellv. Generalkommando in Hannover or at the Kriegsministerium in Berlin might receive a "combatant" Iron Cross but a "non-combatant" Kriegsverdienstkreuz. With the change in policy, they could return their ribbon and Urkunde to Braunschweig and receive a new blue-yellow ribbon and Urkunde. However, you had to apply yourself; the authorities did not automatically issue new ribbons and documents. Therefore you can still see "combatant" EK2/"non-combatant" BrK2 medal bars if the recipient never bothered to apply. Braunschweig was much stricter with the Bewährungsabzeichen. It routinely denied the device to recipients of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz who were not Braunschweigers or serving in Braunschweig units. By contrast, when it was created, the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse was awarded if the recipient could show he was already in possession of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse and had received the Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse. To summarize, the most common ways to receive a Landesorden were: 1. Be a native of the state. However, this was often not enough. Many states such as Reuß denied awards to people born in the state but who had left the state. So, if you were born in Greiz, but your family moved to Saxony when you were a child, you might be denied. If you were born and raised in Greiz, but left as an adult and spent the majority of your economic life outside Reuß, you were denied. But if you left Reuß for reasons outside of your control, such as active military or civil service, you could still get the award. The Kingdoms who had some military autonomy from Prussia were fairly strict in this regard. A native Bavarian or Saxon who served in the Prussian Army would not likely receive a Bavarian or Saxon award, unlike a native Badener in the Prussian Army, even when the Badener served in non-Baden units. 2. Serve in that state's contingent, or its wartime daughter formations (Tochterformationen). These ranged in peacetime from the multi-corps Bavarian Army down to the battalion-sized contingents of Schaumburg-Lippe and Waldeck. Many wartime units were not officially established as state formations, but as daughters of their parent formations were considered essentially as so. Thus RJB 7 and RJB 20 were Schaumburg units, RIR 90 and RIR 214 were Mecklenburg regiments, etc. Also, a number of Prussian regiments and formations, while not officially state contingents, were considered as effectively connected to particular states. For example, the Minden-based Prussian regiments IR 15 and FAR 58 recruited from Schaumburg-Lippe as well as Prussian Westphalia, and Schaumburg-Lippe routinely awarded decorations to men in these units and their daughter formations. FR 36 was a Prussian regiment, but one of its battalions was based in Bernburg, so Anhalt awards were common to this unit as well as RIR 36 (Tochterformation of FR 36 and IR 93) and LIR 36. JRzP 5 was a Prussian regiment based in Alsace, but it was part of Baden's XIV.Armeekorps, so Baden awards were common to that regiment. I would say this was more common for officers than NCOs and men. A Prussian-born Musketier in IR 93 could expect to be put in for a Friedrichkreuz simply by being in the regiment, but a Füsilier in FR 36 would usually need to be an Anhaltiner. However, a Hauptmann in FR 36 might get the Friedrichkreuz by virtue of being the commander of a sufficient number of Anhalt Landeskinder. Though this could happen with any unit with a bunch of Landeskinder. As BlackcowboyBS notes with Braunschweig, an officer might nominate some of his Braunschweigers for an award, and find himself nominated as well. 3. Serve in a regiment whose Chef or Inhaber was the sovereign of another state. In Duke Ernst August's old regiment, HR 3, to which he was à la suite, at least 115 officers received the Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2. Klasse and at least 32 the 1. Klasse. Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst was Chef of HR 12 and the Saxon Karabinier-Regiment, and the White Falcon and other Sachsen-Weimar awards were common in those regiments. Officers and men of the 2.GUR often received Saxon awards, those of the 3.GUR Waldeck awards, and those of the 1.GDR Oldenburg and Saxon awards (there is correspondence in the archives in Dessau where Prinz Aribert tells the Duke that Oldenburg has awarded a bunch of its crosses to 1.GDR, and Anhalt needs to follow suite). In GGR 2, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary was the Chef and the Duke of Sachsen-Meiningen was à la suite. Wartime awards of the Ehrenzeichen für Verdienst im Kriege were common, and many GGR 2 officers had more peacetime and wartime Austrian awards than anything else, in some cases more than many Austrians had. Sachsen-Meiningen's Ehrenzeichen für Verdienst im Kriege, both cross and medal, was also routinely awarded to officers and men of GR 10, whose Chef was the Duke, and GR 11, whose Chef was the Duchess (and sister to the Kaiser), as well as Saxon IR 133. Other examples include Mecklenburg-Schwerin awards to LGR 8, IR 24 and 21.bay.IR, Bavarian awards to IR 47, IR 102 and LKR 1, Württemberg awards to KR 5, IR 105 and 4.bay.IR, Austro-Hungarian awards to 13.bay.IR, FR 122, HR 16 and UR 17, Bulgarian awards to IR 72, Baden awards to IR 103, IR 126 and 8.bay.IR, Hessen-Darmstadt awards to IR 17 and 5.bay.IR, Braunschweig awards to 1.bay.SchwRR and LHR 2 (whose Chef was Ernst August's wife and the Kaiser's daughter), Reuß awards to the LGHR, JB 4 and JB 13, and Schaumburg-Lippe awards to HR 7. HR 14 received more Schaumburg-Lippe awards than HR 7, but that is because Fürst Adolf was merely à la suite to HR 7, while he actually commanded HR 14. Those are the three main ways to receive a Landesorden. As Chris noted, there were also a lot of random awards when units from one state came under command or were co-located with units from another state. This seems to account for a rather large number of Schaumburg-Lippe awards to RIR 24 and Saxon LdstIR 19, two units otherwise unconnected to the Principality. You can see why Prussia might be annoyed. If you were born in Königsberg and went into one of your local regiments, GR 3, you were a Prussian in a Prussian regiment whose Chef was the Kaiser and King of Prussia. So by the three criteria above, you got one decoration, the Iron Cross. If you were a Hamburg-born sergeant in in Bavaria's 8.IR, though, you could get a Hanseatic Cross based on nationality, a Bavarian Military Merit Cross based on contingent, and a Baden Merit Medal based on your Chef, all to go with your Iron Cross as a German soldier. I imagine, though, that a Frontsoldat, be he Bavarian, Prussian or Hamburger, was even more annoyed at the staff officers and support personnel at higher commands who racked up awards because of the various state formations they "supported". Among the worst offenders was the Kriegsamt, especially Wumba, which sent out lists of award recommendations to every state late in the war hoping to get various ones approved. This resulted in odd random combinations of "combatant" awards like the EK2, homefront-ribboned versions of other state awards, and awards specifically for homefront merit like the Saxon Kriegsverdienstkreuz and the Bavarian König-Ludwig-Kreuz.
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    Hmmm…you did say "favorite". This all reminds me of a song. To the tune “My Favorite Things” as sung by Julie Andrews. Tsingtau doc. groups and South See Pacific, Army, or Navy flight badges to be more specific, Research on medal bars that make their owner’s sing, These are a few of my favorite things… Doc. groups and medals to observers or pilots, MPs and WPs with brave wartime highlights, Orders with gold marks stamped on their rings, These are a few of my favorite things… When the fake comes, When the group splits, When I was outbid, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.
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    In a nice hotel close to the airport of Munich there is a nice painting which showa Franz Dettenhofer, the former owner of this hotel. In the German French War of 1870 / 71 he recieved the iron cross the silver and the golden military merit medal of the kingdom of Bavaria. I love the fact, that the painter had put so much effort in the details of the medails, isn't it amazing. That the owner of this hotel still kept this painting on the wall is even better, not quite usual in Germany these days. Franz Dettenhofer was famous for the liberation and rescue of some bavarian row and capturing of their french guards on the 7th. of december 1870. He got his silver medal on 1st of september 1870 and his golden medal on 11th. of october 1870. So he was a brave nco before he was a hotel director and owner of that hotel.
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    Hi Gents, here is a good site with further informations: https://juergenmauser.de/fm/page5/page22/page22.html Kind regards
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    Here is an award card and citation for this Red Banner. Name: Ivan Matveevich Dagilis Rank: Batallion Comissar (political officer rank equal to Captain) Position: Political assistant officer of the 1st Battalion commander, 20th Tank Regiment, 10th Tank Division, South-Eastern Front. Comrade Dagilis was a tank commander during the enemy lines attack on June 23, 1941 near the town of Radzehuv. Leading the attack forces with his tank he penetrated inside enemy tanks formation and managed to set on fire 2 enemy tanks. German troops concentrated intense artillery fire on his tank, so his tank got around 40 direct hits of armor piercing shells. His main gun, machine gun and tracks were damaged, both periscopes were destroyed and tank was set on fire. Only after that comrade Dagilis retreated and saved his crew. For this action commander of 10th Tank Division General Ogurtsov recommended Dagilis for Red Banner award Commander of South-Eastern Front awarded Dagilis with Red Banner on November 5, 1941. As you can see from his award card, Dagilis survived the war and finished it with the rank of Guards Colonel and in position of the Commander of 360th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment. He was awarded with 3 Red Banners and OGPW 1st class.
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    He is actually in the 1914 rank list, on page 755, as a Rittmeister der Reserve (V Berlin) in the reserve of Husaren-Regiment Nr. 7, with the RAO4, LD1, CDIII2 and JM4. It is Dr. Arthur Mudra, Ambassador to Ecuador from 1928 to 1932. He was born on 30 December 1871 in Berlin and died in 1960. Almost all of his foreign decorations were as a diplomat, not an Army officer. He was a consul in Shanghai during the Boxer Rebellion, and later in Yokohama and Nagasaki (where he also represented Italy and Romania), so that would account for the Chinese, Japanese and Italian decorations. In 1910 he was Generalkonsul in Philadelphia and was still there after World War I started, since he is recorded as protesting British armed merchant ships in the Port of Philadelphia in September 1914. He returned to Germany at some point later, and received the Schaumburg-Lippe Kreuz für Treue Dienste on 25.02.1916 while serving with Staffelstab 389. I would assume there is a more complete biography in the Biographisches Handbuch des deutschen Auswärtigen Dienstes 1871-1945, but I do not have the volume with the letter "M". Maybe Glenn or Daniel has access to it.
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    Hello to all, Here is a four-placer that I bought this weekend at the SOS. I was glad to add this one to my collection as you don't often see an order/decoration from Waldeck-Pyrmont on a medal bar. Hope you like it! Best regards, Tom
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    Hello to all, Here is a five-placer from the recent SOS. I bought this one because I like Third Reich Police bars and it is really clean, condition-wise. Best regards, Tom
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    Omg that new blues uniform is sooooo frigging ugly. I loved my "dress" blues in the Army. What they have done to them is horrible. Blech..... do that many people in higher hq need promotions that we change the uniform every two years??
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    First of all, I want to thank this Finnish friend for helping me many times and answering many strange questions. I used to like to collect medals and orders from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but now I gradually tend to collect the breast star orders of the Grand Officer and Grand Cross before 1910. Please accept my compliment to you Please look at the Order of Olaf from my Grand Cross of the Kingdom of Norway. It is assumed that the age was created between 1925 and 1930. I know it has many versions. In fact, I am looking forward to a lion on the badge of the Grand Cross. . . The governor of the Qing Dynasty "Duanfang" was beheaded in the 1911 Revolution. . Diamond cut, really beautiful The order of the three breast stars, I call "Austeritz" (War of the Three Emperors)
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    My pleasure. Here is another contribution. Kriegsmarinedienstelle Stettin tally. This is from a small photo lot of a reunion of WW1 ex-U-Boat crew. The ceremony was held aboard U-43. Cheers, Larry Another from the series. Unterseebootflottille Hundius tallys and one Marineschule Wesermunde tally.
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    Hi Claudius, these ribbons are Studentika, please search with Bierzipfel, this is the medium ribbon the small one, is Weinzipfel. Kind regards Andreas
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    It's known as a forage cap - or camp hat, tent cap etc. Essentially a peakless soft bonnet worn in undress uniform as opposed to shakos or helmets. Typically worn around camp for training, it was also worn on campaign in lieu of standard regimental head dress - particularly if such had been destroyed or lost. They lasted into the late Victorian era before being supplanted by Kilmarnocks, glengarries, Atholls and Balmorals, but one could say they survived beyond that as Tams and the GS caps of WW2 - which are not that much removed from caubeens and berets.
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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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    There’s quite a lot of it so look at the pics and give me a heads up on what you’d like to see in more detail ! Ferg More. And more . Some more Let me know when you’ve had enough ! Gunners .
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    After doing some research, I am reasonably certain that the artist who painted your picture is Elemér Nádasdi Sárközy who lived from 1900 to 1988 in Hungary. The signature on your painting perfectly matches known signatures of his. His paintings sell for decent money in European galleries and auctions. I am inclined to change the year that the painting was painted from 1925 to 1975, although it is possible that a talented 25 year-old artist could have executed this portrait. The reason I first said 1925 is that Europeans place a line through their sevens, therefore the number that looks like a seven must really be a two, or so I thought. It seems this artist didn't cross his sevens. As to the identity of the painting's subject... this was painted while Hungary was still under communism. I doubt that a painting of a nobleman who held high public office was commissioned by a communist governmental entity to hang in a public building. So there are only 2 remaining possibilities: it was a private commission OR the artist painted one of his own ancestors for himself or his family. The artist's family... the Nádasdi-Sárközy family... is actually an ancient Hungarian noble family. Some of the artist's ancestors became public officials in addition to carrying a noble title. So this portrait may very well be one of the Nádasdi-Sárközy ancestors who was a public official during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and also during the regency period of Nicholas Horthy. In fact, it may even be the artist's own father! Here... just take a look at the artist's impressive ancestral history: https://www.arcanum.hu/hu/online-kiadvanyok/Turul-turul-1883-1950-1/1906-FC48/1906-3-FFD5/a-nadasdi-sarkozy-csalad-100BE/
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    It looks like the painting is signed with a family name "Sárközy" but I can't make out his first name yet. It has the number 925 after the signature which should mean that it was painted in 1925. There are a couple of 20th century Hungarian artists by the name of Sárközy but I'll have to do some research. If this is not the artist's name at the bottom, maybe it's the name of the man in the painting since there was a noble Hungarian family by the name of Sárközy with several members holding government posts. Well... at least there is somebody's name on the painting. Simi.
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    Based on the decorations that I already identified above, I would say the man is a government official of some kind. These kinds of paintings were seen hanging in Hungarian government buildings. They were portraits of high officials who previously held office at the county or national level and who worked in those buildings. In fact, this painting may have been looted from one of those government buildings after the war when the communists took over. In order to identify this guy, you will probably have to get lucky and find his picture in one of hundreds of Hungarian government almanacs from different categories of government bodies between the years 1920-44. Here is an example of just one of these kinds of almanacs... "Members of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Hungarian Parliament" Almanacs: https://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/collection/ogyk_almanach/ This is just one category of almanac! There are almanacs from all the various Hungarian counties and cities as well! Here are two links to examples of Hungarian government officials wearing the same kind of diszmagyar outfit that your guy is wearing: https://www.google.com/search?q=alispán+fotó&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjRy8nbzujpAhUJ0lMKHQZPCYkQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=alispán+fotó&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1Dz9QFYt9UCYI3dAmgGcAB4AIABUYgBnQWSAQE5mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=9SXZXpH9EomkzwKGnqXICA&bih=614&biw=1280&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777 https://www.google.com/search?sa=N&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=főispán&ved=2ahUKEwjl9cW6zejpAhWnd98KHdQmAAA4ChCwBHoECAcQAQ&biw=1280&bih=614
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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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    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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    nice ‘little’ civilian group arrived this week incl a load of jubilee medal documents only rarely see the october revolution in larger documented groups
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    Very nice combination. Cheers, Larry
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    There are not many Jubilee Orders of Patriotic War of 1st Grade bestowed on foreigners.Here we can see one awarded to Peter Bliml.Also I am adding two of his Czechoslovak awards:Dukla Commemorative Medal and Medal of Czechoslovak Army Abroad with certificates.
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    Hi all just wanted to share an early issued Order of Glory III, awarded 14th December 1943, just a few weeks after the first award The number seems high and considering it was not issued to the Belorussian front from the mint until April 26th 1944 and was part of a block of 900 (55.901 - 56.800) and not issued for awarding until 28th April 1944 seems like it was a back dated issue as final approval was not until 24th April 1944, and It is I feel a great fighting citation Record card Order booklet nr. B-609387 1. Last name: Poverenny 2. First name and patronymic: Grigory Aksyonovich 3. Military rank: Reserve Private 4. Sex: Male 5. Year of birth: 1918 6. Place of birth: Village of Krupets, Dobrush Raion, Poltava Oblast 7. Party membership (since which year): Not a member 8. Education: Elementary 9. Nationality: Belarusian 10. Since which year in the Red Army: From September 1943 through August 1945 11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Rifleman in the 277th Rifle Regiment, 175th Rifle Division, 1st Belorussian Front 12. Current place of service and position: Farmer at the “Yuzhny” [“Southern”] Kolkhoz, Dobrush Raion, Poltava Oblast 13. Home address of the awardee: Village of Krupets, Dobrush Raion, Poltava Oblast 14. List of all awards received: Name of the order or medal Serial number Number of the document Ground of award Order of Glory, 3rd Class 55.979 Temporary certificate nr. B-696142 Order of the 175th Rifle Division nr. 47/N of December 14, 1943 Medal for the Victory over Germany / Permanent certificate nr. Shch-027138 Decree of May 9, 1945 Medal for the Capture of Berlin / Permanent certificate nr. A-235218 Decree of June 9, 1945 In Order nr. 47/N his patronymic is given as “Alekseyevich” Signature of the awardee: [signed] I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature): Military commissar of the Dobrush Raion Lieutenant Colonel of the Administrative Service [signed] /Kabashnikov/ February 1, 1947 Order Secret Copy nr. 2 [Pencil note: 1st Belorussian Front; July 24, 1944] Order Of the 175th Ural Rifle Division, 48th Army, Belorussian Front December 14, 1943 – Nr. 47/N – Active Army On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, for the exemplary accomplishment of combat missions in the struggle with the German invaders and the valour and bravery displayed in the process, I award: The Order of Glory, 3rd Class to: […] 7. Private Grigory Alekseyevich Poverenny, rifleman in the 277th Karelian Red Banner Rifle Regiment Commander of the 175th Ural Rifle Division Colonel [signed] /Smirnov/ Award sheet All fields to be filled out fully 1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Poverenny, Grigory Alekseyevich 2. Rank: Private 3. Position and unit: Rifleman in the 1st Rifle Battalion of the 277th Karelian Red Banner Rifle Regiment Nominated for: Order of Glory, 3rd Class 4. Year of birth: 1918 5. Nationality: Belarusian 6. Party affiliation: Not a member 7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War (where and when): In the Patriotic War since March 20, 1943, serving on the Central Front and Belorussian Front 8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No 9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1943 10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Dobrush Raion 11. Awards received previously (for which merits): None 12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: _________ Short, concrete description of his feat of arms or merits: On November 13, 1943, during the fighting for height 114.6, located near Marimanovo-Rudnya in the Gomel Oblast, he and three other soldiers cut away the enemy barbed wire and broke through to the enemy trenches, meanwhile repelling several enemy flank attacks with grenades and their personal weapons. During the fighting his fellow soldiers were wounded. He ordered them to crawl back to their own trenches, while he himself repelled several attacks by Germans charging his position. During the fighting he killed 6 German soldiers and wounded 4. For bravery and courage he deserves to be awarded the Order of Glory, 3rd Class. Regimental commander Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Verin/ December 8, 1943 [Pencil note: Glory 3rd Class] He will be awarded the Order of Glory, 3rd Class. Commander of the 175th Ural Rifle Division Colonel [signed] /Smirnov/ December 14, 1943 By Order of the 175th Ural Rifle Division nr. 47/N of December 14, 1943 awarded the Order of Glory, 3rd Class. On behalf of the chief of the 2nd Subsection of the Personnel Section of the 48th Army Captain [signed] /Shpilny/ April 24, 1944
  31. 2 points
    David, There are no rolls for the KVK, and from what I saw in the archives in Wolfenbüttel, only about a quarter of the award files with recommendations and approvals remain. Christophe Thanks for your observations. The volume and page are there because that is the way the roll was organized. Also, it is possible someone may want to see the actual award recommendation, if it still exists, so they would need that information to draw the right document at the archives. Additionally, many award dates are unknown, as the recommendations and Resolutions-Vorschläge are missing; the volume and page can usually narrow down the award date within a month or so. Here is an example of the roll, BTW. It does have the advantage over many Imperial-era rolls of being legible.
  32. 2 points
    French Prisoners exchange salutes with German officers after an attack by the Bavarian 12th Infantry Regiment in October 1915... then the Bavarian Walking wounded....
  33. 2 points
    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.
  34. 2 points
    Hello Friends, As I sm a ribbon bar freak too, I would like to show you one of my favourites. It is a Godet made piece and was worn by Colonel Christian von Pentz, son-in-law of Field Marshal von Hindenburg. In WW1, the then-Rittmeister von Pentz served as Hindenburgs Adjutant. Best, Daniel
  35. 2 points
    A couple of drawings now that you've all got me hooked into this hobby the tank isn't finished yet but I've got bored and moved onto getting some more medals drawn.
  36. 2 points
    Hi everybody, I have bought this ribbon bar two years ago. I can make positive id. This one belonged to Major d.R. a.D Hermann Keil. He was born on 18.08.1867. The following grade : Leutnant d. R : 25.11.1894 Oberleutnant d. R. : 22.08.1902 Hauptmann d. R. : 23.10.1908 Major d. R. : 22.05.1916 a. D. : 01.05.1919 He has received the following medals : - Knight cross of St Henry of Saxe, 25 août 1916, - Knight cross 1st class with X of Merit Order of Saxe, 16 avril 1918, - Crown to knight cross 1st class with X of Albert of Saxe, 11 janvier 1916, - Knight cross 1st class with X of Albert of Saxe, 31 octobre 1914, - Iron cross 2,d class, 18 septembre 1914, - Landwehr long service medal 1st class, 13 mars 1909, - Cross of honor 3rd class with X and crown of Reuß, 10 février 1915, - War Merit Honor Cross of Saxe Meiningen, 7 septembre 1916 - Iron cross 1st class : 1914-1916. From beginning of the war to May 1916 he served with the Reserve Jäger Btn Nr. 13 Then from this date to March 1918 he served with Reserve Infanterie Regiment Nr. 133. The last unit was the Reserve Infanterie Regiment Nr. 107. In 1934 Major d. R. a.D. Hermann Keil has written the history unit book "Das KS Reserve Jäger Bataillon Nr. 13 im Weltkriege". Christophe
  37. 2 points
    "Famous Chest" of Major d.R. a.D. Hermann keil
  38. 2 points
    I'm with Scott re the Centenary Medal...especially if its mounted in a nice colonial group :love:
  39. 2 points
    Welcome to a new project for GMIC. Being a paperwork collector one of the reasons I collect the citations is for the signatures on them and as such have to trawl through books, websites, personally compiled files & trade emails to find examples to provide a comparison.With that in mind the aim of this new project is to provide a great resource for those who either collect paperwork from the Imperial German &/or Third Reich period or have an interest in just collecting signatures The signatures could be members of all the various military, paramilitary & civil organisations from the Imperial German & Third Reich period, well known personalities or Kompanie Commanders - basically an all encompassing database. We have all types of collectors here: Imperial Germany, TN, Polizei, Feldgendarmerie, OT, HV etc so the potential for building up a great database covering all such signatures is there. Signatures could be from award citations, soldbucher, wehrpasse, ausweis, war time letters, photos, dedicated books etc. Basically if you have a signature on some paperwork and know who it belongs to then please feel free to post it with some amplifying information on the signer, however basic, to build up a comprehensive database that has the potential to be a great resource. If you have a signature from a different timeframe of someone that has already been added to the database feel free to add it to that particular thread. Stipulations For Posting Images 1. The person posting the signature must be the owner of the item and definitely no scans from books. 2. The signature should be shown in context (i.e. an image of the whole document is shown or at least partially shown to enable a date, location &/or authorising unit to be seen, with the owner's watermark on it somewhere obviously) 3. Items published are NOT up for discussion in the thread - the idea is to build up a database rather than a discussion. If members have doubts about any that are posted then a PM to the Moderator with their views can be passed and regulated that way. 4. Photos are to be attached to the post – i.e. not via an image hosting site so there are no ‘dead posts’ in the future. 5. Post War signed items of Imperial & Third Reich individuals must be clearly marked as being Post-War. Viewing the section in alphabetical order: Just select the SORT BY option on the upper right and then select TITLE. Thank you and I hope that our contributions can put this project on the map. KEViN / Hucks (hucks216)
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    INTRODUCTION : Firstly, this is a genre outside of the usual Blogs and entries to be found on Forums - it is an ongoing Novel. I have had the idea for many years to write a series of Novels on our early British Police - starting in the late 18th Century and continuing to the start of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. This is a big undertaking and one that I have put off. However, our new blog section is now doing well, Greg is writing regularly and is interesting and Brian has a brilliant little series coming out twice a month - and very thought provoking they are. My story will be fictional and will start in 1796 (216 years ago). THe young central figure - Matt Tiller, will go through many adventures over coming years and we will follow his achievements and promotions. This is a story with author's license - I have created my own characters and the villages and Manor Houses that they will be living in and around. You will quickly realise that I have used the area around Kent near the Medway and near to the Cathedral City of Rochester. By not using existing villages and areas it allows the story to move in different directions. However, the historical context is as close to reality as it can be - with this distance in time. I am allowing GMIC to have first viewership of the story - which - If I live long enough, will extend to some 15 chapters - each a self contained short story. When finished I expect it will be published. I retain ownership and copyright and any similarity to persons living or, dead is co-incidental. I am aware that to people living outside of the UK some of the story and terms may not be immediately clear - please do not hesitate to ask questions in the Comments section.
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    Hello, the "swan mark" is NOT a manufacturer mark. In France every item that is to be sold on auction has to be certified by the "Bureau de Garantie" = Office of Guaranty , in the meaning of guaranty of precious metal (like silver, or gold). The swan hallmark so often seen on pin or elswhere on Order means "items produced outside France that is guaranty to be silver". The Orders & Medals produced in France,and which bear french hallmark for silver (boar head,then after "crab"),or gold (the head of an eagle) doesn't need to pass by the hand of the Guaranty Office to be auctioned. Before 1879 existed also the "Ceres Head" hallmark (Ceres is a greek good with winged helmet),that hallmark was struck on Orders,made in France of gold and silver, BUT for export (like the Orders of the Empire of Haiti 1849-59 and the Order of Radama II of Madagscar). Actually I have seen breast star,or neck badge that were refused by the Office of Guaranty just because 1 knot (small ribbon ring between ribbon loop and badge) had been replaced by silvered cooper. In UK or Germany it would never happened,but in France....it happen. They are very strict,should I say stupidly strict. Emmanuel
  42. 2 points
    Great metal badges hoping to find some in the future, got a officer´s sajkaca that was also used by chetniks. This is mainly a artillery officer´s cap with a black cockade. But under the WWII the chetniks used what they could get their hands on because lack of uniforms and other equipment.
  43. 2 points
    Merry Christmas Medal Bar from Dr.Ferdinand Esser, Justizrat , Rittmeister d.L., Wirtschaftsoffizier Gouvernement Köln Gruss Rudi
  44. 2 points
    Despite the ubiquity, still one of my favorite medals and just gotta appreciate a decent one when you find it! Here is a nice example of the variant with the rounded bar across the back. In addition to the wrapper, it also had another wrapper inside that one. I've acquired a few other pieces that have this seemingly formed tissue - anybody know if these things were wrapped like this from the mint?
  45. 2 points
    Maybe some hardcore collector wanted it to fill a hole in his collection. hahahaha....good one. And, of course, there must have been another collector who had to drive this bid up.
  46. 2 points
    So-- what's with that pesky red herring of a "47?" 47th Mixed Ersatz Brigade of Saxon 19th Ersatz Division. Our Pure Prussian is wearing Saxon numbers on his shoulder boards!!! Imagine the mis-identification and confusion if his insignia turned up loose!!! End result: 4 researchers on 2 continents spend 4 or 5 hours (not counting Glenn's YEARS indexing) in order to restore the name of a city billing department supervisor nobody has ever had any reason to have heard of before to an anonymous photo. Has the rotation of the Earth reversed? Is global hunger solved? Noooo-- but we do what our odd talents best suit us to. Got him. This is only possible in THIS case because 1) there is a Crown on that Saxon Order, making it SO unusual that after laboriously sifting through ALL the potential suspects ANYWAY (always have to, always) he was all that was left. 2) this is a sharp clear (but badly scruffed alas) photo revealing UNIFORM details. This successful conclusion could NOT have happened with a medal bar. We needed to see "what" HE was, not simply what the awards were. 3) it required team work, sharing gigantic and scattered pieces of puzzles from original sources we have acquired at great expense over decades, for which there is no One Stop Reference. Context-teamwork-resources. "Easy" answer afterwards. :beer:
  47. 2 points
    From forum member rumjar (looks like he's got scanner problems), a great photo of a post WWI Frontiersman, complete with 1914 / 1914 - 15 Star trio - at first glance a "Mountie" but the insignia are those of "The Legion". NIce photo.
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    Oko, Mollo book is fine, but here is more serious refference on Russian pogoni by another world expert Gerard Gorokhoff, printed in one of few English edittions of the excellent French Militaria magazine, published in 1996. I am limited to 150K for pics, so it can not be better that this.
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    16mm:- http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2012/post-950-0-29827000-1328554826.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2012/post-950-0-74480800-1328554837.jpg Maker Marked:- with 5 Astericks. Brass backed. Kevin in Deva.
  50. 1 point
    3rd Class, Order of the Rising Sun - Earlier style
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