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  1. Wessel Gordon, Would you please post clearer picture of the obverse of these awards and of the reverse of these awards. Are these awards all authentic? There are lots of copies of the Medal of Honour, and the VC, for sale on the net lately. Regards, Gordon
  2. Gentlemen, In researching this medal I often saw a reference to a lighter coloured medal and a darker coloured medal. A couple of days ago I added one of the darker coloured medals to my collection and when comparing the two medals it became obvious that they were not produced using the same dies. The first thing to catch my eye was the different attachment point for the suspension ring. They are quite different in design. My first though was that there were two different manufacturers of these medals. Or perhaps one manufacturer with two sets of dies. Can any one shed some light on the number of manufacturers/ dies etc. and time period for each medal? Regards, Gordon
  3. This soldier is holding the leather flare cartridge holder. Regards, Gordon
  4. peron, Perhaps if you contact this veterans organization they might be able to help you. Regards, Gordon https://www.awardmedals.com/normandy-campaign-medal
  5. John, I believe that there are no more notifications being sent. When you log on you are informed of posts made on threads that you are following. Regards, Gordon
  6. LFI, Please try this forum. Regards, Gordon Germany: Third Reich: Uniforms, Headwear, Insignia & Equipment
  7. LFI, Still no pictures. Also, this is a first war forum and to identify what sounds like a WWII artifact you should post these pictures on that forum. Regards, Gordon
  8. Alan329, Always difficult to comment on items in a picture. But I will make one anyway. One of the horizontal arms of the frame of the cross on the right, as viewed by me, seems to be shorter than the other three. Or is that just the photograph? Regards, Gordon
  9. Alex K, Nice awards. Thanks for showing us pictures of them. Regards, Gordon
  10. Brig, I would suggest that you contact the owner of this site and ask if he recognizes your badge. Looks Austrian to me. Regards, Gordon https://polizeiabzeichen.jimdo.com/
  11. Brig, Now what would a member of the HJ be doing wearing a Levente medal? Wonders never cease. Thanks for posting the picture. Regards, Gordon
  12. cvma1990, I posted your pictures on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum and here is the answer from Wim Saris a well know expert in the area of the TR. Regards, Gordon Sydney is correct. Standarte 1 was under the DE "Ostfriesland and was part for brigade 63 (Oldenburg-Ostfriesland). It first had its headquarters at Aurich (1935/1936), then Emden (1937) and later, during the war, in Aurich again. The traditions-patches were for Standarte 2 (1937), which also was at Nordsee and located at Emden. Before Emden the headquarters were at Meppen (Ems). It is obvious the flag moved around a bit. It is practically sure this flag was in the earliest days the first flag granted to Standarte 1 (Sturm 1). I have no idea for the two different 31/2 patches. The one does not have the correct form of numbers, maybe they had to change it into the proper numbers.
  13. Gentlemen, I've been researching Leutnant Ernst Hess. Each place I find his wards listed it says 1914 EKII, 1914 EKI and Royal House Order of Hohenzollern First Class. It doesn't mention with or without swords but I imagine it would be with swords. I can not find much information about this man prior to the start of WWI except that he was in the Flight Troops before the war started. Any information that you can provide for the person would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Gordon
  14. I agree. This seller has always been good to deal with for me. Regards, Gordon
  15. Uwe, Thanks for your post. Interesting information. Regards, Gordon
  16. Paul, Nice group of artifacts to go with the printed commendation. In particular the named medal. I'm Jealous! Regards, Gordon
  17. Earrings for sure. Lots of more common pierced earrings like this on the web for sale. regards, Gordon
  18. Arnhembobby, I assume that you have named medals that you are researching? If you use google search you will find there is at least one site that is dedicated to Purple Heart. I've never found much on line in researching bronze or silver stars. You could try a google search for the name on the medal as well. Also you might like to try www.ancestry.com and www.findagrave.com . I would suggest that you join the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA). They have an amazing archives of articles on medals and awards. Regards, Gordon
  19. Lawrence, Sorry for my mistake. On a second look they are different badges. Why not send a picture of your badge to Dai Nippon and ask him if he can identify it for you. Regards, Gordon
  20. Ace, Welcome to the GMIC. I' like to add to this this thread and ask a question. Have you researched this tunic and the ribbon bar. And what is the history of this tunic? Henry Bowreman Foote From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Henry Robert Bowreman Foote Born 5 December 1904 Ishapore, British India Died 11 November 1993 (aged 88) Pulborough, England Buried St Mary's Church, West Chiltington Allegiance United Kingdom Service/branch British Army Years of service 1925–1958 Rank Major General Unit Royal Tank Regiment Commands held Royal Armoured Corps (1955–58) 11th Armoured Division (1950–53) 7th Armoured Brigade (1949–50) 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (1947–48) 7th Royal Tank Regiment (1942) Battles/wars Second World War · Western Desert Campaign · Battle of Gazala · Italian Campaign Awards Victoria Cross Companion of the Order of the Bath Distinguished Service Order Mentioned in Despatches Major General Henry Robert Bowreman Foote, VC, CB, DSO (5 December 1904 – 11 November 1993) was a British Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Early life and education[edit] Foote was born on 5 December 1904 in Ishapore, India, the son of Henry Bruce Foote, a major in the Royal Artillery, and his wife Jennie Elizabeth. He was the grandson of the archaeologist and geologist Robert Bruce Foote, often considered the "Father of Indian Prehistory". Foote's mother died when he was a child and he went to England to board at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne at the age of four.[1] In 1918 he went to Bedford School where he stayed until 1923.[2] Military career Foote joined the British Army in 1925, being commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps. Second World War Foote was a Staff Officer from 1939 to 1942 and a member of the British Army Staff Mission, Washington, DC in 1941. In 1942 he became Officer Commanding, 7th Royal Tank Regiment[2] and it was in this post that he won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Gazala. During the period 27 May to 15 June 1942 in Libya, Lieutenant Colonel Foote commanded his battalion with outstanding courage and leadership, always being at the crucial point at the right time. On 6 June, although wounded, he continued to lead his battalion from an exposed position on the outside of a tank, and succeeded in defeating the enemy's attempt to encircle two Allied divisions. On 13 June, when a number of Allied tanks had been destroyed, he went on foot, "from one tank to another, to encourage the crews under intense artillery and anti-tank fire". By "his magnificent example the corridor was kept open and the Brigade was able to march through". Matilda II tank at The Tank Museum, England, painted to represent a similar tank used by Lieutenant Colonel Foote Shortly after this, Foote was captured and became a prisoner of war. However, he subsequently escaped and entered Switzerland in April 1944, it was only then that he learned he had been awarded the Victoria Cross.[4] After a period as a General Staff Officer at Allied Forces Headquarters in 1944, he became second-in-command of the 9th Armoured Brigade in 1945. Post-war and senior command After the end of the war, Foote was flying to Berlin to take part in a victory parade when he had to bail-out, as the aircraft was about to crash. Consequently, he became a member of the Caterpillar Club, an informal group of those who have been saved from death or serious injury by means of a parachute. Foote was Brigadier of the Royal Armoured Corps, Middle East Land Forces from 1945 to 1947 and then Officer Commanding 2nd Royal Tank Regiment from 1947 to 1948. He was at the Fighting Vehicles Proving Establishment, at the Ministry of Supply from 1948 to 1949 and commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade from 1949 to 1950 and the 11th Armoured Division from 1950 to 1953. He was Director General of Fighting Vehicles at the Ministry of Supply from 1953 to 1955 and Director, Royal Armoured Corps, at the War Office from 1955 until his retirement in 1958 as major general. Retirement and legacy Major General Foote's grave at St Mary's Church, West Chiltington, Sussex, photographed in 2014 After his retirement, Foote was a trustee of The Tank Museum, Bovington until his death. He was featured as a guest on the biographical television programme This Is Your Life on 22 October 1986. His medals are displayed at the Royal Tank Regiment Museum, Bovington, Dorset.
  21. misiu, I do not see any picture. Regards, Gordon
  22. Michael, One of my go to place for reference on Russian uniforms is Collect Russia. Here is a link to his page on Russian books. You can also sign up for his newsletter which may contain some information useful to you. https://www.collectrussia.com/showcat.htm?cat=BkImpUni The other location that would be useful is the Comunist Bloc Militaria sub forum on the Wehremacht Awards Forum (WAF) http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=53 Tis forum deals mostly with the post 1917 era but their may be someone there that can offer some help. Or you can try the International Forum sub forum on the WAF. Regards, Gordon
  23. Lawrence, It is the last badge on this page I have copied below. The page is from Dia Nippon Military Antiques in Japan. Regards, Gordon Various Badges pg 4 徽章・記念章 Civil Air Defense badge with an excellent design. Inscribed 'Showa 9 [1934] July, Kinki Air Defense Maneuvers, [??] Defense Unit.' Excellent badge with a soldier standing atop a dragon, the latter probably a symbol of China. Various figures in the distance. The buildings to the north appear to be Russian. Perhaps the soldier is looking eagerly at Japan's new target. (Thanks to my friend in Russia who pointed that out to me.) Enamel Manchukuo and Japanese flags. Inscribed 'Commemorative, Showa 6/7 [1931/1932], Imperial Military Reservists Association [Yamata Village?] Branch, Shanghai & Manchuria Incidents.' The obverse has an Army star and a Manchuria Railroad Defense emblem. Inscribed 'Manchuria Independent Defense Unit Commemorative.' Ishikawa Prefecture Conquer Russia Welcoming Soldier's Association member badge pin. The paper insert tells how to wear the badge. It should be worn in the chest area by both men and women and should be worn at all official association functions. Aichi Prefecture Protect the Nation Association member badge pin. Paper sleeve with the badge design at the top Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2598 [1938], National Foundation Festival, Participation Badge.' A small badge commemorating Crown Prince Hirohito's trip to Europe in 1921. OBVERSE 'Imperial Crown Prince.' REVERSE: 'Imperial Trip to Europe Commemorative, 1921.' Samurai helmet shaped badge. A dragon is on top of the helmet, which is interesting. Inscribed 'Navy Large Maneuvers Participation Commemorative, Showa 12 [1937], National Crisis Japan.' Post-war pure silver badge. 'Kumamoto City Meritorious Person, Commendation Badge.'
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