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  1. Thank you very much for your quick and really helpful reply! Regards, Giorgos
  2. I would like to ask for some help in identifying this badge. Judging from the crown it must be Bulgarian, but it's not something I have seen before. The "technical" concept is evident, but I couldn't find any reference to it. Is it military or of another organization? Is it WW2 or earlier? And what about the holes on it? They seem rather non-symmetrical for them to have been made by the manufacturer, so maybe drilled later? Regards, Giorgos
  3. Lee, this is an interesting coincidence, but the crests I referred to, were actually the ones of families named either Clark or Clarke, and after reading a little bit more carefully, not all of them are Irish. I don't know if it is just a coincidence or if crests could have mixed elements after marriages between different families, and I surely hope I am not unnecessarily pointing at a wrong direction, but maybe you could find having a look at this book useful. https://archive.org/details/fairbairnsbookof01fair/page/n131 Regards, Giorgos
  4. According to different sources, the strength of the formation at the end of the war is roughly estimated at about 20.000 men and women, the latter being part of the auxiliary formations attached to the division. I haven't found any information about the number of the shields themselves yet, I would be really interested to know about it. I do have questions about whether all personnel (or at least the vast majority) had been issued with one, and what the number of the ones coming from unissued stock is.
  5. Although not my field at all, could it be a family crest? Would that make sense? I had a quick search including the words "embowed, armoured, dexter, arm, halberd, wreath" and google directed me to certain books on that subject. It looks like several Irish families had crests with embowed arms in armour holding different weapons. Just an uneducated guess... Edit: Since I saw that the photo comes from the ancestry website, what was the family name of the man?
  6. I 'd like to share my Decima MAS arm shield, made by Bregonzio, Milano.
  7. I 'd like to share my impression of a late war (1944-1945) para. - 1943 dated Kangol Wear Ltd. beret - "Correct WW2 pattern" face veil - 1945 dated John Gordon Ltd. Denison - Webbing and equipment dated 1940-1944
  8. Thank you for the reply and the provided info, Carol I! Regards, Giorgos
  9. I would like to share a photo from my collection, taken by a Romanian photographer during a generally well-photographed event. It shows King Carol II, accompanied by Reichsorganisationsleiter and head of DAF, Robert Ley and a representative of EON, I. Kapsalis, in the Greek pavilion of the 1939 "Work and Joy" exhibition. My question is, can any more prominent people be identified on the photo?
  10. Although it's been a long time since the thread was originally posted, here's an answer about the different variations of the medal, based on published information and some observations I 've made. "Greek Medals" of George Stratoudakis show a table with the variations. 8 of the Gold and 6 of the Silver Cross. Not all of them are pictured, though. What can be considered a safe conclusion in my opinion is that both Silver and Gold Crosses made by Zimmermann and Godet are the earlier -and of higher quality - ones, awarded during the 1920s (possibly even 1930s?). Both variations come with a separate crown, made of two hollow, soldered halves. The Godet variation has a "thicker" impression of St. Demetrius on the obverse than the Zimmermann one, and it also has a "." next to "ΑΞΙΑι" on the reverse. There is another, rare variation of an unknown -and probably foreign- maker, also of high quality and with a separate, but solid crown, the blue of the enamel being of a much lighter shade and the central part being all gold. The Spink and the greek-made variations (two of which are attributed to Anagnostopoulos and Kelaidis, the others still being unidentified) are of a single-piece construction, and of considerably lower quality than the earlier ones. The "1940" clasps were instituted in November 1940, with an Emergency Law that (re)instituted the War Medals. Two types, with a slightly different font exist. Contemporary photographs of the Greek-Italian War, though, show Silver Crosses being awarded by Crown Prince Paul himself, without the clasps. My guess is that the Crosses awarded during 1940/41 were ones of an older stock and that the Greek ones (possibly even the ones made by Spink?) are post-war made, awarded for actions committed during WW2, the Civil War of 1946-1949 and the Korean War, well into the 1950s. Even then, some clearly post-war awarded Crosses do not have a "1940" clasp attached.
  11. A badge of the Greek 3rd Mountain Brigade, awarded to all personnel of the formation after the battle of Rimini. The two suspension blades on the reverse have been broken, something usual for these badges, since they were worn on the uniforms -some of them for decades- and on this example were replaced by two soldered lugs. I have written a short article on my website, with all information I have been able to find so far, regarding this award. I hope you 'll find it interesting! https://ww2militaria.weebly.com/3rd-mountain-brigade-badge.html
  12. A cased Gold Cross, made by Zimmermann. And another Silver Cross made by Godet, with a nice patina.
  13. One more article about the Greek WW2 Air Force medals, showing the process from the institution of the first four in 1941, through the institution of five more in 1945, to the final form of the eight in total awards in 1953, as they are known today. The article sheds some light to some darker areas of the bibliography. https://ww2militaria.weebly.com/greek-ww2-air-force-medals.html
  14. Hi all! I have recently written and uploaded some articles on certain Greek WW2 awards, based on observations and archival research on my website. Of course there's always room for further research and improvement, but I hope that you will find them interesting and informative. One more article on the WW2 Commemorative Medals and their first -and finally not adopted- type will also be uploaded in the near future. Any suggestions are always welcome! Regards, Giorgos Article on a certain variation of the 1940 War Cross: https://ww2militaria.weebly.com/karagyozi-cross.html Article on the 3rd Mountain Brigade badge: https://ww2militaria.weebly.com/3rd-mountain-brigade-badge.html Article on the Royal Navy Campaign Cross: https://ww2militaria.weebly.com/greek-royal-navy-campaign-cross.html
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