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    a small group with boxes
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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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    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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    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 thoroughly went through the 1916-1917 KuK Ranklists for both active and reactivated Major-Generals and there is nobody by the name of "Rauch" listed. However, in addition to the above officers I already mentioned, there is a GM Viktor Bauer listed as well as GM Ludwig Bauer who was reactivated for the duration of the war. Like I said, it would be helpful to see the front of this postcard. Simi.
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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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    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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    Like dedehansen said, this man is definitely Hungarian. He is wearing the traditional court attire of the Hungarian nobility and aristocracy known as a Diszmagyar. He is wearing the decorations of a Knight Commander with Breast Star of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester, the Commander's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, two Signum Laudis medals in bronze and silver suspended from civilian trefold ribbons of the Titular Kingdom 1922-44, and an Austro-Hungarian War Cross for Civil Merits. Nice painting. I wonder who the artist was. Simi.
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    I notice that one of the coins is dedicated to the many people who diligently observed lockdown in Britain. On the website, it says that Boris Johnson will be receiving coin number 2 in the series. Isn't this the same blithering fool who bragged about shaking everybody's hands without a face mask even though several were infected with the virus, and that he was going to continue shaking everybody's hands because he didn't think Corona was "a big deal" ? Didn't he end up almost dying in intensive care with COVID-19? Just asking... Simi.
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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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    I just this moment logged on to this site and this is a request I never thought I would ever read. Well... the Cincinnati dude has moved onto the great ribbon bar workshop in the sky. The only guy left who does an excellent job with fabricating fake bars using original ribbons and blanks AND a guy who can can satisfy the high standards of an experienced collector is... drum roll... Wilfried Freitag, the crazy Schuetzenkoenig of Bad Driburg. In second place, far behind Mr. Freitag, is Hagekna on eBay. But for me, when it comes to fake ribbon bars, Wilfried is Your Man Freitag. You can reach him on Militaria321 as User "Nordwind" where you will see about 800 examples of his work. Simi.
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    What you've got here is a repro of a M.O.V.E. belt buckle made out of brass. This organization was formed in 1919 for Hungarian officers who were veterans of WW1. It slowly evolved into a distinctly right-wing fascist organization and its leader, General Julius Gombos, later became Prime Minister of Hungary. A picture of a genuine buckle is attached and they are extremely rare. Simi.
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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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    "Karhatalmi" does not really mean "army". It is the adjective form of Karhatalom which became a hated term in communist Hungary. The Karhatalom consisted of all armed govenment units which were under the direct control of the communist regime. Their task was to maintain internal control, supress uprisings, hunt down undesirables, etc. Karhatalom units consisted of the People's National Police, the State Secret Police, the People's Security Police, the State Border Guards, and the Workers' Guard Corps. The Karhatalom units were NOT under the control of the Ministry of Defense and were completely separate from the People's Army. Just think of the Karhatalom units as the SS of communist Hungary. Simi.
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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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    Glenn, here's a partial copy of page 12 from a glossary of french military terminology I use when I need to look up an unfamiliar word or expression. The word "baguette" usually has another word following it describing the specific kind of baguette embroidered onto the fabric... like for example, a "baguette of florettes" etc. In your case however, the term "baguette" appears to be used to describe a plain embroidered band or stripe. Simi.
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    Well, raspberries to that. The only other Luftwaffe general I can think of with these facial features such as the sharp, projecting chin and with an extensive artillery and anti-aircraft background is Heino von Rantzau. Whether or not he was Bavarian, I can't rightly say. Simi.
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    I did not know the gentleman you folks are calling Rick, but it seems to me that if he saw the pic of Ludendorf smiling, he would say something like "damn... that's Ludendorf smiling." What I am curious about is, who the Luftwaffe dude is in the pic. Sometimes it's hard to recognize people when they're smiling because their facial muscles contort their faces. I just can't help but wonder if the man standing next to Blomberg is Rudolf Meister. Simi.
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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
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    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.
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    French Prisoners exchange salutes with German officers after an attack by the Bavarian 12th Infantry Regiment in October 1915... then the Bavarian Walking wounded....
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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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    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
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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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    It was roughly the equivalent of the German Landwehr Cross . For Christians ,the Muslims or Jews used a plate
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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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    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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    Given the order of precedence, I would assume that it is a Turkish bar.
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    Hello Readers, I think Mr. Bacon is on the mark. 👍 Let's face it... there are some active members here who seek gratuitous information from experts in the forum in order to peddle their chachkies at a considerable markup... PLUS, they tend never to utter a simple "Thanks!" In my opinion and ethically speaking, they ought to pay a commission to the members who assisted them in making a hefty profit. Don't feel bad, Simian! I think Nickstrenk was simply trying to establish a selling price for his badge and all you did was provide an accurate English translation and some historical insight that the rest of us found quite interesting. Just put Nicky-boy on your Ignore List and don't waste your time with these peddlers any more. Best regards and stay healthy!
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    The 1870 Marine Rangliste shows the "Hohenzollernsche Denkmünze" among his awards and decorations. I believe that is the one you are asking about.
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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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    Further to Arnaud's comment, at least two vendors offered examples of Order of Reconciliation insignia within the past 5 months for 40 -50 euros. These may have been 'overproduction' or have 'fallen off the delivery truck'.
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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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    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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    Respectable Bulgarian collegues,help me please identify this badge.Thanks a lot.
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    Gentlemen! Thanks for your kind words. ☺️🤙 This might be my best 1870-71 War Veteran and General medal bar...
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    I'm speechless...truly amazing find.
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    The award ribbon on the right hand side of the ribbon bar on the top consisting of red and blue is a service ribbon for the New York State 27th Division. If the ribbon bar assembler accidentally installed the ribbon segment incorrectly (red-blue instead of blue-red) then it represents either the 52nd Field Artillery of the New York State 27th Division OR the 71st Regiment Medical Company of the New York State 27th Division. Suffice it to say this soldier from Delaware at some point served in the New York State 27th Division which was not entirely unusual.
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    Hello, in such a pedagogical place, it is always usefull to explain WHY... So the parade jackets weren't produced within Albania?
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    The gold class is gilded silver, but exist rare exemplars in solid gold. Regards, Zaim
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    Awesome piece. Best regards, Andrej
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    Hi all! Dr. Johannes Maus was my grandfather. He died 1988 in Schwalbach near Frankfurt. My mother/his daughter would be pleased to provide all the information you want, just let me know!
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    Wow. I cannot believe there are no comments on this amazing order and history! This is what it is all about! What a narrative! I'd be proud to own that order.
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