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  1. Hello, This is my first French WW1 group, the name appears to be a M. Donal Gresse, a soldier of the 68th Regiment of Artillery. The 1914-18 Commemorative Medal has the maker mark of the Paris Mint, and the Victory has A. Morlon inscribed on the lower obverse. Have not been able to find any info on his unit if anyone could hell that would be appreciated. Jeff
  2. Thank you for your comments. It makes sense too that this set is not as common because we are more used to seeing EKII/HC combos - with over 5 million EKIIs and over 6 million Honour Crosses to combattants - combattant veterans without any award, even still over a million, do become the minority -and those with late 19th century service even more so comparitively. I would imagine that whoever the veteran was who took the time to have these two medals mounted with an accompanying ribbon button for civilian wear was proud of their service and rightly so. I'm still interested whether any pattern or connection can be made between where the Makers were located and where the veteran applied for their award or whether all makers sent their lots to a depository in Berlin for mass distribution regardless of geographic location. An interesting discussion for two seemingly mundane medals, I appreciate everyone's input. Jeff
  3. My gut says it's meant to be the Hindy, the button hole ribbons look and feel contemporary and help corroborate. Is it also possible the veteran could have simply done a stint in the army during the late 19th century, got out then recalled again in 1914? Could he have been a support trade at the front, or even still a rifleman and one of the 2/3 or so of Germans without an EKII or other award? I would imagine the majority of German soldiers came home with no awards, and then only if they applied in 1934.
  4. Thanks Don and Chris for the replies - your observations about the hooks leaning more towards 1870 intrigued me so I did a cursory search of past topics - hooks do seem consistently present on 19th century groups, however I did notice similar hooks and ribbon mounting styles also stood out on a fair number of Bavarian groups, including some post WW1 mounted. I'm not familiar with the various mounting styles according to different regions but I find it a very interesting topic I will definitely try to research more.
  5. Thanks for your reply, would you consider this combo uncommon or unlikely then if a Franco Prussian seems more fitting? Jeff
  6. Good day, I just picked up this nice pair - I understand both are probably some of the most commonly awarded but I like the simplicity. The Hindenburg Cross has the maker mark for Paul Shultze & Co. of Lubeck. Without any long service award, what would have been the likely circumstances of this veteran? A reserve soldier or from a state without long service awards? Is it safe to assume the veteran came from the Hanseatic States based on the proximity to the maker of the Hindenburg Cross? I understand it is impossible to know for sure but just interested in a likely scenario for this veteran. Any thoughts appreciated. Jeff
  7. I agree the quality is very nice for such small medals! Jeff
  8. That is a possibility, or perhaps a Belgian officer or diplomat to Chile who figured orders go before medals regardless of national precedence?
  9. Hello, This is my first set of Belgian miniatures, much more mini than I'm used to but very nice quality. The Chilean Order of Merit at the front - was this common for foreign decorations to go before service medals? Appreciate any info thanks. Jeff
  10. Hello, As mentioned here is the ribbon bar: it certainly appears to show signs of stiching on both lower grades of the George and Phoenix, perhaps swords. And the oakleaf is still hard to determine if bronze or Gilt, appears to show signs of gilting that has worn off?
  11. Nikos, Thanks for the excellent information and photos. The naval miniature bar essentially matches the same entitlement as my ribbon bar! Except of course for the Medal For Outstanding Acts - what are the chances they could be to the same individual, perhaps the ribbon bar was worn prior to recieving his Medal FOA later on? Again I wonder there can't be too many with the American Legion of Merit. Thanks again. Jeff
  12. Thanks again Gordon, I suppose I could have kept the posts together but figured I'd post the US decoration here That is a good idea to contact the War museum in Athens - from what I have found, none of the very senior Greek officers received American decorations, seems surprising to me, but I wouldn't imagine too many recipients if that is the case. Perhaps it was a post-War award as I believe Greece shifted from British military influence to American after 1945. Thanks again for your input. Jeff
  13. Thanks Gordon, I have always found Greek awards intriguing but never delved much further into them - this bar will be my first and it looks very interesting - a nice solid metal bar similar to the British naval style. The ribbons comprise: - Order of George I, Commander (no swords) - Order of George I, Silver Grade (appears to show signs of some stiching in centre possibly indicating a rosette of gold grade or crossed swords was previously mounted) - Order of the Phoenix, Commander (no swords) - Order of the Phoenix, Silver Grade - Greek War Cross (no crowns attached) - Greek Naval Campaign Cross with six stars (appear to be Gilt) - Greek Maritime War Cross - Greek Military Merit Medal with Laurel leaf (cannot tell if Gilt or Silver from photo) - Commemorative War Medal 1940-41 - Campaign Star 1941-45 - United States Legion of Merit, Officer grade A very nice quality bar which from my limited research represents a career post-War officer who saw considerable operational sea service (likely at the rank of Lt. Cmdr or below) who attained potentially flag rank at one of the lower levels. Unfortunately there are not too many resources online to attribute but at least will be nice to see the bar close up and keep researching. Jeff
  14. Gordon, Thank you very much for your detailed response that is very helpful. With my ribbon bar there are no swords on either levels of the George or Phoenix and unfortunately I do not have the medal bar but the set indicates a naval officer to me with considerable sea going service in WW2. I will post a photo once the bar arrives and look forward to further discussion. Jeff
  15. Hello, I am researching a Greek recipient of an Officer of the Legion of Merit, presumably during WW2 but possibly sometime after the War. I cannot seem to find any resources online, even to indicate numbers awarded to Greek recipients, would anyone have any ideas on where to find information? Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Jeff
  16. Hello, I have been trying to research a Greek ribbon bar, and have a few questions regarding the Orders: Do crossed swords on Greek Orders indicate all military awards or do they only indicate that the award was made during wartime or for a specific act in combat? In other words could a Greek military officer receive an Order without swords, during peacetime perhaps? Also with orders, were recipients required to wear all levels of the same order they received on their ribbon bars? I appreciate any assistance and will post the bar when I receive it. Jeff
  17. Hello, I have been working on attributing this nice set of miniatures - my best candidate so far is Major John Aubrey Smith, Royal Marines who served from 1943-73 - MID 40 Cdo Italy 1944 for the Garigliano River Crossing as 6 PL Comd P Troop, MID 42 Cdo Malaya 1950, entitled to all four clasps on the General Service Medals. DM likely for service in India with 44 Cdo at the end of the War. To cancel out any other potential recipients I've been going through the London Gazette entries for MIDs for Suez and Malaya - I believe I've found all the RM recipients and have ruled all others out. My only trouble right now is trying to find a list of Malaya RN MID recipients - for some reason having difficulty with the LG search. The fact that Major Aubrey Smith fits the entitlement seems very promising and I would almost venture to say the group may be unique - but would still like to rule out all potential recipients, any input always appreciated. Jeff
  18. Have received the AIR 2/8769 files, the correspondence contained in them is quite interesting with tid bits of contemporary information on the rules and regulations regarding foreign awards of the time. For example, two RAF officers who were recommended for the Legion of Honour had their awards deferred on request of the British authorities as they held positions as liaison officers with the French, and as they were appointed to those roles it was not considered "adequate grounds for the bestowal of awards." Other rules included avoiding the award of a British and foreign decoration for the same service, no posthumous awards, and no more than three foreign decorations to one person (I've also read 4 was the limit). Jeff
  19. I have ordered another set of files AIR 2/8769, looking forward to searching through them in the next week or two. Jeff
  20. Hello Herman, Thank you for your continued interest - I have not given up by any means but unfortunately have made little progress in my research in the last year simply due to a busy life at home and work. My biggest lead and resource remains the AIR 2 files at the NA, the only road blocks holding me back at the moment are time and money to dedicate to the project - perhaps a week trip to the UK and NA would be more affordable in the long run! As of right now I have submitted a request to the RAF Museum in London requesting any information or portraits of the list of RAF officers holding both the OBE and Bronze Star, hopefully they may be able to assist. Again I appreciate the nudge and will keep digging away for more info and try to provide more updates! Jeff
  21. Thanks Paul, I am very pleased with the set and kind thanks to Ferdinand for assisting with the research and translation! I am happy to report the double Valours are to the same recipient - Guards Sergeant Pyotr Vasilyevich Nikolayevsky from Ukraine with the following two citations: The Medal for Courage to: 8. Junior Sergeant Pyotr Vasilyevich Nikolayevsky, mortar layer in the 2nd Mortar Company, for the fact that he on April 30, 1945, during the fighting for the village of Halbe, killed a German heavy machine-gun crew with mortar fire. Born in 1925; Ukrainian; not a party member; drafted on April 10, 1944 by the Military Commissariat of the Ruzhin Raion, Zhitomir Oblast. At the front since July 1944, serving on the 1st Ukrainian Front. He has not been wounded or decorated. The Medal for Courage to: 11. Guards Sergeant Pyotr Vasilyevich Nikolayevsky, squad leader in the 2ndSubmachine-Gun Company, for the fact that he on February 24, 1945, during the fighting on the Neisse River, covered the rifle units and repelled an enemy counterattack. While serving as a mortar team leader, he aimed his mortar accurately, suppressed 2 enemy firing positions, and killed more than 10 Hitlerites with his submachine gun. He saw frontline service from December 1944 onward and was slightly wounded three times. Born in 1925; Ukrainian; not a party member; drafted on April 10, 1944 by the Military Commissariat of the Ruzhin Raion, Zhitomir Oblast. At the front since July 1944, serving on the 1st Ukrainian Front. He has not been wounded or decorated. Interesting to note on his record of awards it does not indicate the Liberation of Prague as of May 1947 but does include his Capture of Berlin and Victory Over Germany. Very pleased with it overall. Jeff
  22. Good day, I recently purchased a nice worn looking double Valor grouping with the following serial numbers: 2921984 and 3221507 which from my understanding appear to have been awarded in early and late 1945 respectively, please correct me if I am off. Interesting to note is the Capture of Berlin has a Military Merit Medal (un-numbered) attached to the ribbon, I wonder the circumstances in which that was mounted. The group appears nicely worn and authentic though I do not have it yet in my possession. Has anyone encountered an award on a campaign ribbon before? Does that make the group more suspect or perhaps just an interesting history? Soviet awards are not my main focus but I do find them intriguing, my other two sets previously posted include substantial documentation which I prefer and they also all seem to have a connection with the Liberation of Prague. As always I welcome any further information or thoughts. Jeff
  23. No luck with the 1958 edition of the Aeroplane Directory but a great resource for biographical details of anyone associated with British aviation.
  24. A small update to this topic - I've discovered yet another resource which may prove very helpful in this search - The Aeroplane Directory of British Aviation - formerly Who's Who in British Aviation - numerous bios each year including lists of foreign decorations received. I have ordered a copy for 1958 and will see from there. - Rest in Peace Mervyn - your personal encouragement on this forum was, and continues to be, an inspiration to me. Jeff
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