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  1. I've used Vanguard and they even take Paypal payments. www.Vanguardmil.com
  2. Been ages since I've been on here! I just bought this attractive modern medal group, ideal to frame on the wall. I'd very much like the input of those who understand a lot more about the nuances of US medal awards, as there appear to be a few anomalies 1) navy and army achievement medals: I assume recipient most likely served ashore under army control (in Iraq)?If so, any particular specialty? 2) the medal rack has a Coastguard sea service ribbon and one of the expert shooting medal ribbons has the emblem in Coastguard format. However, no Coastguard medals and no USN Se
  3. Unusual combination - impossible if complete entitlement?? The C de G is not on the Vichy ribbon (which was black and green), but on the French Republic ribbon and without emblem. Presumably he served 1939-40 with the French forces, in which case he should also have the WW2 commemorative (and presumably explains presence of military Valour Cross.
  4. Long time since those posts... I still have his medal and was wondering whether it's worth insuring in its own right and/or so I can estimate the total of my collection for insurance purposes (I'm okay with estimate the UK/Commonwealth stuff)? I know very little about Soviet prices, this being my only gallantry example (and only USSR award aside from a c.1944 MMM to a female transport NCO for directing convoys). Any ball park figures for the Bravery Medal and the researched MMM to a female soldier? Any information gratefully received. Rich
  5. I note this is an ancient post, but re. Defence Medal absence: 1 - Home Guard generally required 3 years' service (and only in active existence for 4 years) 2 - WW2 medals had to be applied for, so perhaps application was never made, through oversight or deliberate inaction (not everyone could be bothered or even wanted them). In which case, NOK can apply for it. 3 - Maybe it was received, but never mounted since he'd left the services and therefore missing.
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    So did the Turks actually produce a war medal to go with the campaign bar ribbons?
  7. There is an illustrated article on them, and RAF equivalents, in a c.1940 publication called Britain's Wonderful Fighting Forces (Think that's the title but I don't have a copy to hand.)
  8. ......... sorry, trying to attach attachment, can't see how to delete post.
  9. Here's a link showing the couple I own(ed), both 1 REC for Chad: http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=1262...mp;#entry121582
  10. Hi, So, French KIAs received either Legion d'Honneur and C de G (officers) or Medaille Militaire and C deG (other ranks). Questions I've been puzzling over: 1) Did they also receive the 3 campaign medals (Victory, Commem. and (if entitled) C du Combattant)? 2) What make of C de G did they receive - a generic 1914-18 one, or does it depend upon year of death? 3) In these instances was the C de G always awarded with a Star, or a Palm? 4) Was this the same practice during WW2? TIA for any help; just been wondering about these things for a bit.
  11. You ought to read how Prussian officers are described in John Buchan novels... ... suspiciously short hair and a penchant for soft furnishings. Hannay twigged it, obviously.
  12. I suppose one must bear in mind that some of the medals we have were awarded to gay people (if one really cares about who does what with who and how). In fact, I know someone who researches WW1 relatives for people who's sometimes had to confess that a certain military 'crime' for which a great-uncle was convicted falls into the same-sex sexual misdemeanor. Those pics just show different cultures in a different age... ... although that one of the Soviet generals is really dodgy.
  13. Okay, thanks. Bear with me and I'll post the scans of what I already have. (Not really au fait with Russian research possibilities, as you might have guessed.)
  14. You mean of the finalised Award Card (I have the extant p/copies from archives in my possession, just not at my present location)? I think I omitted to have that done during the preliminary research. Would that include all his medals (including campaign awards)? I was also interested to note that he was commissioned between the act and the investiture of the Bravery Medal. I assume that was related to the award?
  15. Thanks - forgot to pick up the p/copies and bring them back with me, though; just jotted down the details. It was only a small bit of info. on the back of the section detailing his personal details: a couple of lines for awards, then a blank space and a handwritten date (1944? maybe '47 - quite scruffy) and official stamp.
  16. Managed to get hold of the p/copied side I forgot to scan at the time. The medal # is on there and (pretty certain, because the cyrillic script corresponds to other papers I have for a recipient of the MMM), he was also awarded MMM #157709 on 11.10.42. No other awards listed - no campaign stuff or anything.
  17. Thanks. It makes a change to have an award like this for saving lives, as opposed to taking them. I also wonder what the kid was doing there, as well. I assume the place is in/around Leningrad. Couldn't find anything cos it seems to be Russian for 'market' (or similar) and came up with lots of random(ish) google hits. Interested if anyone has info. on what was going on on the day in question, and the unit itself.
  18. I believe I may have it, but the p/copies are not with me at present and I forgot to scan all of them. Typical! Should be able to get them fairly soon. You don't think an element of hyperbole involed in the citation? E.g. him doing something very similar, but his CO wanted to give him best chance to get a gong? PS: Should have copy of other side of registration card - do recall there was some writing with an official stamp on the reverse, with the medal information(?). Must be there, otherwise medal couldn't have been found, I suppose.
  19. The Research. Sorry about the wait. Been horrendously busy this year! None too shabby. Opinions re. the citation?
  20. 1) First one is written in French: "Knights of Duty" (literally, but probably more along the lines of Dutiful Knights). Would assume it's French and with the Flag of Orleans?? (Possibly even Quebec). Perhaps from some royalist organisation for people of noble lineage. 2) Looks Portuguese; can't read the top writing, but with the Latin "All/Everything For The Nation". Assume this is some form of national/organisational order.
  21. Thanks chaps. I'm also awaiting research on a fairly early Bravery Medal (seems to be for Leningrad), so should also prove interesting.
  22. Thank you very much for the offer, Sergey. I have been away for the week, so apologise for my late reply to your offer. I have just received a translation and will post the information here: Corporal Zabashtanskaya, Ekaterina Ivanovna, Chief of traffic/road control post, Road and Commandant's Office No. 74, Military Automobile Road No. 18 A Ukranian born in 1919 and a member of the Komsomol party; resided at Agdash, Komsomol'skaya street, House (Building) No. 3, Azerbaijan SSR Joined the Army 17 November 1942 after having been mobilised by Agdash Military registration and enlistment offic
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