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  1. Thank you very much tifes for you help. Greatly appreciated!

    To sum up Laxa, these are the awards I put on my list for him:

    -Knight's Cross of the Austrian Military Order of Maria Theresa (awarded on 10 December 1921)
    -Military Merit Cross 2nd Class with War Decoration and Swords (Austria-Hungary) (1916)
    -Order of the Iron Crown 2nd Class with War Decoration and Swords (Austria-Hungary) (1917)
    -Knight's Cross of the Austrian Imperial Order of Leopold with War Decoration and Swords (1915)
    -Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration and Swords (Austria-Hungary)
    -Military Merit Cross 3rd Class (peace version) (Austria-Hungary) (1909)
    -Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class (Austria-Hungary) (1913)
    -Honour Cross 1st Class for Services to the Red Cross (Austria-Hungary)
    -Bronze Military Merit Medal (Signum Laudis) with Swords on the Ribbon of the Military Merit Cross (Austria-Hungary)
    -Bronze Military Merit Medal (Signum Laudis) on the Red Ribbon (peace version) (Austria-Hungary)
    -Military Long Service Decoration for Officers for 25 years (Austria-Hungary)
    -War Service Medal 1873 (Kriegsmedaille) (Austria-Hungary)
    -Commemorative Medal 1898 on the Ribbon for Military (Austria-Hungary)
    -Commemorative Cross 1908 on the Ribbon for Military (Austria-Hungary)
    -Balkan Mobilisation Cross 1912-1913 (Austria-Hungary)
    -Gallipoli Star (Ottoman War Medal)
    -Grand Cross of the Romanian Order of the Crown
    -Grand Officer's Cross of the Bulgarian Order of Military Merit
    -Croatian Military Order of the Iron Trefoil 2nd Class (20 February 1942)
    -Grand Cross of the Croatian Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir with Star and Swords (18 August 1942)
     

    Is everything correct (the A-H awards listed I mean)?

    The dates for the awards are from some Croatian sources.

    You said above "Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with WD (no swords)". But I think those are swords on the ribbons of both the Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with WD and Bronze Military Merit Medal (Signum Laudis)? See photo below (this is another darker photo).

    Does the list where Laxa's awards were listed you posted earlier, show Štancer's (also spelt Stanzer or Stancer) awards?

    Thanks!

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  2. 1 hour ago, tifes said:

     - Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with War Decoration and a Swords

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration (and probably with Swords, those can´t be seen)

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class (peace version)

    - Bronze Military Merit Medal (“Signum Laudis”) on the ribbon of Military Merit Cross (war version also probably with swords)

    - Bronze Military Merit Medal (“Signum Laudis”) on the red ribbon (peace version)

    - Military Long Service Decoration for Officers for 25 years

    - last medal - unrecognizable, maybe some (Hungarian???) commemorative medal

    Thank you tifes. So is Laxa's Bronze Military Merit Medal also on the ribbon of the Military Merit Cross?

    And could you post a photo of the Military Long Service Decoration for Officers for 25 years?

    Thanks


  3. Here is the close up of the medal bar:

    - Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with War Decoration and are those Swords on the ribbon ???

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class (peace version)

    - Bronze Military Merit Medal (“Signum Laudis”) ??? (crown device below the ribbon, on the ring)

    - Silver Military Merit Medal (“Signum Laudis”) ??? (or could it be another Bronze one?) (also crown device)

    - Balkan Mobilisation Cross 1912-1913 ???

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  4. 49 minutes ago, 922F said:

    Generally, a bow at the Bulgarian sash juncture would suggest a Grand Cross, lack of a bow = 1st class--I cannot distinguish what's there.  If the painter accurately portrayed the sash, dimensions & stripe widths = lst class.

    A-H awards on bar = Iron Crown, Merit Cross/Verdienstkreuz with and another without KD, & rest too much for my eyes. 

    But 1st Class of the  Bulgarian Military Merit Order is the Grand Cross? Do you then think it's the Grand Officer?

    Only the 1st class (Grand Cross) wears the sash: "I grade, Grand Cross. Awarded to senior state officers and military personnel. It was worn with a sash over the shoulder."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Military_Merit_(Bulgaria)


  5. 1 hour ago, 922F said:

    #2  Bulgarian Military Merit First Class or GC star [lack of painting detail makes determination difficult - looks to be first class based on sash appearance], without war decoration

    #3 A-H Franz Josef Order officer

    #4  Looks like Croat shield surrounded by "U" [Ustasha symbol] surmounted by an eagle?   Some sort of  air force or staff badge?  Must check a reference book.  Except for "U" somewhat similar to A-H Devil's Division badge.

    At 2nd button hole, maybe a so-called Croatian Commemorative Badge, 1942-3, signifying service in the Croatian Army for over 1 year including six months or more at the front.


     

    #2 See the photo below for the bottom of the sash from the painting. Seems to be the Grand Cross of the Bulgarian Military Merit Order.

    #4 Štancer commanded the 25th Royal Croatian Home Guard Regiment during WW1. That regiment was part of the 42nd Home Guard Infantry Division (Devil's Division). So it is quite possible this award is as you say, the A-H Devil's Division Badge. But on the painting it looks a little different (perhaps the painters fault).

    Any idea about the medal bar awards?

    Thanks

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  6. General Slavko Štancer. Portrait.

    1 Croatian Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir 1st Class with Star and Swords (Around the neck and breast star)

    2 ???

    3 ???

    4 ??? (also a Croatian award)

    Medal bar (the medals are mounted very tight so I didn't numerate them), 6 or 7 medals?

    - Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with War Decoration ???

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration ???

    - Military Merit Cross 3rd Class (peace version) ???

    - ???

    - ???

    - ???

    Perhaps one more medal after the cross-shaped one?

    Thanks!

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  7. 16 hours ago, 922F said:

    Agree with your IDs,  IDs follow, those without ? relatively positive IDs others, best guess:

     

    #5  Austro-Hungarian [A-H] Leopold Order apparently with war decoration of lower class

    #7  A-H  Merit Cross  Verdienstkreuz?

    #8  A-H Signum Laudis [Military Medal of Merit--class?]?

    #9  The (General) War Service Medal 1873

    #10  A-H  Balkan Mobilisation Cross 1912-1913

    #13  4 point star Bulgarian Natioinal Order Military Division Grand Officer w/o war decoration aka Military Merit Order post 1936 3rd class  

    So #13 is the Grand Officer's Cross of the Bulgarian Order of Military Merit?


  8. Thank you guys for your quick responses! 

    I will post more soon.

    8 hours ago, Farkas said:

    I’ve just read he was awarded this:

     

    I dont know if this this is on display in your picture?

     

    It seems he was a Man with principles who paid the price for them...

    tony

    Yes tony. According to my sources he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir with Star and Swords. He is not wearing it on the photo though.


  9. I want to start this thread where I will post different photos of Croatian WW2 Generals that served in the Austro-Hungarian army during WW1.

    I need help with identifying their awards. Sometimes there will be other decorations (not just Austro-Hungarian) and I hope you can help me ID those also.

    First up is General Vladimir Laxa. Holder of the Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa.

    1 Gallipoli Star (Ottoman War Medal)

    2 Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa

    3 Military Merit Cross 2nd Class with War Decoration and Swords ???

    4 Order of the Iron Crown 2nd Class with War Decoration ???

    5 ???

    6 Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with War Decoration ???

    7 ???

    8 ???

    9 ???

    10 ???

    11 Croatian Military Order of the Iron Trefoil 2nd Class

    12 Grand Cross of the Romanian Order of the Crown ???

    13 ???

    Please tell me if you agree with my "???" and also write the class of the awards if you know them.

    You can also write the names of the awards in German.

    Thanks!

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  10. Hello,
    Can you please help me identify the awards from the ribbon bars of Konteradmiral Hasso von Bredow.

    His list of awards I have:

    -Iron Cross (1914) 1st Class
    -Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class
    -Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class
    -Spanish Order of Naval Merit 1st Class
    -Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Saxon Albrecht Order with Swords
    -Prussian Long Service Cross 1st Class (25 years)
    -Knight of Honor (Ehrenritter) of the Johanniter Order
    -The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 with Swords
    -Wehrmacht Long Service Awards 4th to 1st Class

    I have 2 photos of his ribbon bar. The first one is pre-WW2 (possibly from 1927) and the second one is taken during WW2.

    Ribbon bar from the first photo:

    - Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class
    - Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class ???
    - Prussian Long Service Cross 1st Class (25 years) ???
    - Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Saxon Albrecht Order with Swords
    - Silesian Eagle 2nd Class ???
    - Spanish Order of Naval Merit 1st Class ??? (source 1914 Rangliste)
    - ???

    Ribbon bar from the second photo:

    - Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class
    - Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Saxon Albrecht Order with Swords
    - The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 with Swords
    - The photo is of bad quality but in the book it looks like the Silesian Eagle 2nd Class (von Bredow was part of the Naval Brigade Loewenfeld) ???
    - Prussian Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class ???
    - Wehrmacht Long Service Award 1st Class
    - Wehrmacht Long Service Award 3rd Class
    - Prussian Long Service Cross 1st Class (25 years) ??? (also a blue ribbon I think)
    - ???
    - Spanish Order of Naval Merit 1st Class ???

    Thanks!

    1927_KptzS_Hasso_von_Bredow.jpg

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  11. 14 hours ago, Dave Danner said:

    RAO2EXXRs2 is the Roter-Adlerorden 2. Klasse mit Eichenlaube und Schwertern und Schwertern am Ringe am zweimal schwarz- und dreimal weiß-gestreiften Bande.

    "Kreuz der Genossen" is that class in German. In English, it is Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. The Order comes in three classes.

    DtEDM, Flandern and Kyffh are three unofficial Weimar-era decorations for veterans: 

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Ehrendenkmünze_des_Weltkriegs_(Deutsche_Ehrenlegion)
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flandernkreuz
    http://www.medal-medaille.com/sold/product_info.php?products_id=3687

    Since Wedding was still alive in 1934/35, they would have been replaced by the official Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer.  

    UKDM is the Hungarian WW1 commemorative medal. I abbreviate this UKEM, because it is an Erinnerungsmedaille and not a Denkmünze, but I have not yet won over my fellow research gnomes on this point. 

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ungarische_Weltkriegs-Erinnerungsmedaille

    The rest of your "???" are correct.

    Thank you very much Dave!

    I have a photo of Wedding and another one of his medal and ribbon bars when he got the Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer.

    On the first photo he is wearing 4 unofficial awards.

    I think the third medal is the Deutsche Ehrendenkmünze des Weltkriegs and the fourth the Flandernkreuz. The Kaiser Wilhelm Centenarmedaille is also visible.

    Do you have any idea on what the fifth (oval) and the sixth (round) medals are? Both with "Schwertern" devices.

    I think the fifth (oval) medal could be the Kyffhäuser-Kriegsdenkmünze?

    http://www.medal-medaille.com/sold/product_info.php?products_id=13019

    Also, I can't see the Kyffhäuser-Verdienst-Kreuz you linked above? He doesn't seem to be wearing it?

    Thanks

    Vizeadmiral Karl Wedding 2.jpg

    Vizeadmiral Karl Wedding1.jpg

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