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Wessel Gordon

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  1. I am fairly new to medal collecting and I'm looking for a reliable reference book on the topic of British military medals. Is there a ''go to'' reference book for collectors of UK medals?
  2. As an afterthought here's a picture of 3 of the 4 Honoris Crux Medals that was ever awarded: Left to right: Gold, Silver and ''entry level'' Honoris Crux. The only one missing is the Diamond version which was never awarded and never will be since the Honoris Crux series was discontinued. Since the series was discontinued and I'm only aware of one Honoris Crux Diamond that was manufactured for a museum I'm pretty sure I'll never add that medal to my collection. These medals in my collection are miniatures since the full size versions are incredibly rare and therefor more than inc
  3. I'm new to medal collecting and have no knowledge of badges etc so can't help you confirm what it is but some of the experts should be able to help you. Looking at the crude workmanship and patina I would agree on your age estimate but as I said I'm not an expert so I'll be gladly corrected if I'm wrong.
  4. Mitrich, I've only been collecting medals since March this year and I'm not related to anyone on the Forbes list of richest people in the world so I have to be picky about what I buy. I know for some (or even most collectors on here) the thrill of collecting is getting an original medal and researching the history behind it and it's original owner but in my case it's more a case of seeing a medal I like (such as the DSO in the picture) and getting one for my collection. I have a total of nearly 100 medals but only 10 South African Defense Force medals have serial numbers which are therefo
  5. Arthur, Thanks for the reply. That's what i thought.
  6. In my collection of South African medals I have the Honoris Crux, Honoris Crux Silver and in the process of buying the Gold version so I have all 3 of the 4 variants (the Diamond was never awarded so trying to get a copy is an exercise in futility). The post-nomials are HC, HCS and HCG, In my research I came across two soldiers who got the ''entry level'' Honoris Crux and the Silver Honoris Crux for a later action. My question is: were those two soldiers entitled to the post nominals HCS and HC or just the HCS? In other words, if we take my name and if the medal was still awarded, wo
  7. I have the insignia of a full general of the British Army but I'm missing the epaulletes that they are attached to. Does anybody know where I can find some? Ebay have some but most of them already have insignia attached to them in cloth so it's not a case of buying and attaching my insignia. The other option is a local South African auction site that sells military stuff but I want to be sure I end up with at least the correct color epaulette so once again I simply just can't buy any and attach the insignia.
  8. Arthur, Thanks for the reply. Since the Barron et al book was published in 1986 it fits right into that roughly 30 year gap you mentioned. Just weird that 3 senior officers (and I guess a bunch of unnamed research assistants) picked up on the anomaly. I do not have the Wolraad Woltemade Decoration in my collection so in my case the Honoris Crux Silver and the Honoris Crux would be situated next to each other.
  9. I bought a Honoris Crux Silver (1975) miniature on auction yesterday and on reading up on about it on Wikipedia I spotted an interesting anomaly. According to Wikipedia The HCS (1975) is succeeded in the order of precedence by the Van Riebeeck Decoration and not the ordinary Honoris Crux (1975) as it's clearly stated on page 33 in Barron et al's book about South African Decorations. A mere case of someone not getting their facts straight before posting online?
  10. Paul and Gavin, Thanks for the replies. Paul, I'm not sure who manufactured the medals but it might be worthwhile to find out. Gavin, I suspect you're right that after the amalgamation the military records of the previous regime was either stored in a bunker for all eternity with nobody having access or that the records was used to start bonfires after we won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Interestingly enough the only ''reliable'' numbers I could find about medal numbers are about the Honoris Crux (1975) series. But that might be due to the fact that an award of one was reporte
  11. OK, novice question: Was it accepted custom for this military to issue several awards of the same medal's ribbons to be displayed side by side? It looks like this guy have several copies of the same medal.
  12. Mike, I know the WW2 Victory Medal wasn't exclusively American but as I said I just find it weird that he wore a WW1 Victory Medal plus a couple of medals dated at the end of WW2 but not the WW2 Victory Medal. I figure if he was proud enough to have survived 2 World Wars he would have worn both Victory Medals.
  13. Thanks for all the replies. Dave Danner, I thought I was an information junkie but it seems you outclass me. Some other factors I obviously would have to keep in mind is the creation date of the medal since a soldier decorated during World War i couldn't be around to be decorated for Desert Storm. Another factor is a reasonable estimate of a soldier's working life which I guess would be an absolute maximum of 40 years if he was lucky enough to survive every bullet ever fired at him.
  14. Dave Danner, Thanks for the truly excellent analysis. So if my deduction is correct it would be much more practical to create several fictional soldiers and after hours of extensive study to decide where each of these soldiers would have been deployed and build the ribbon rack ''per soldier'', not ''by service''. For example: Soldier A could have been involved in European campaigns which would eliminate him from island hopping with Admiral Nimitz while Soldier/Sailor B was busy island hopping with Nimitz and therefor it would be impossible for him to liberate western parts of
  15. Taz Thanks a lot. That was the kind of info I was looking for. As I intend to display my collection after we (eventually) moved which of the two would make the more striking display? On the last two images I can also see pieces of the Gordon tartan and since I'm planning to display my British collection on a Gordon tartan cloth that might be a good choice Do you perhaps have any source where I can find either of these items? Regards, Wessel
  16. I spent the past weekend going through my collections (USA, UK and SADF) and was wondering how forthcoming the SADF would be about telling a collector (out of mere curiosity) how many of each of the medals he has has been actually bestowed on soldiers? All I'm interested in is roughly how many was awarded...the citation for every award and the name of recipient does not interest me in the least. Since my collection stopped before the new series of 1994 was instituted I'm guessing the answers to that kind of question lies buried under a few meters of dust by now. Or am I missing a v
  17. I recently bought a Gordon Highland cap-badge and I'm looking for the correct beret to go with it. After browsing what feels like thousands of pictures I can't tell if the beret is blue or green since most images are in black and white. The Gordon tartan is dark blue and dark green and it seems that the proud Scotsmen would have chosen either the shade of green or blue of their tartan for their beret. Is there someplace I can see a full color photo of the beret or is there a knowledgeable member that can enlighten me? I've considered the heinous crime of using a local SADF beret and
  18. My real question with the above is: which branch of the military was more involved in a theater of water for example: The Phillipne Liberation Medal; although Douglas Macarthur was in the Army he promised to return to the Phillipines to set them free from the Japanase it would be a classic mistake to assume that only the Army was involved in that part of the war. i'm sure with enough research I can proof that basically all components of the US military was involved in most of the campaiings for which a campaign medal was later awarded. Am I corrected that a campaign was started and the
  19. I have a collection of the following US medals: 1 Afghanistan Campaign Medal 2 Air Force Achievement Medal 3 Air Force Commendation Medal 4 Air Force Cross
  20. First things first: Whoever he is he is wearing the World War 1 Victory Medal which seems to be US medal. He is wearing the War Medal 1939-1945 and the Defense Medal which was both instituted when World War 2 was all intent and purpose well and truly over. So from that we know he survived both World Wars. Why isn't he wearing the World War 2 Victory Medal like he obviously does with the World War 1 medal? I'm going to make an uneducated assumption so if I'm wrong, gentleman, please correct me: during World War I he was ''on loan'' to the Americans for a specific period or task which
  21. Top row: rightmost ribbon: 1939-1945 Star; Bottom row, left ribbon: Africa Star; Bottom row: second from left Ribbon: Italy Star Bottom row: third from left ribbon: Defense Medal Bottom row: rightmost ribbon: War Medal 1939-1945 Start with the link below and work your way up. You'll see the ribbon corresponds till it gets to the uppermost right on the top row. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Medal_1939–1945 Kind regards, Wessel Gordon I can supply pictures of all 9 ''British campaign medals'' from my collection if you w
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