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  1. I just found this one this very morning on auction in Russia and immediately ordered it... Haven't seen another yet. Will let you know.
  2. New medal of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation "Participant in military operations in Syria".
  3. Once again global warming let's me down... :( It's snowing... :mad:

  4. A new decoration from the Defence Ministry. Decoration "Participant in demining in the Chechen Republic and in the Republic of Ingushetia" Awarded to members of the Armed Forces for displaying dedication, courage and bravery, professionalism in the performance of assigned tasks in the detection and neutralization of explosive ordnance in Chechnya and Ingushetia; for direct participation in the organization and control of these tasks. 18 November 2015 - Under the auspices of the chief of Engineering troops of the Southern Military District, Major-General Konstantin Smechko, the first 110 soldiers were awarded the new decoration of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation "Participant in demining in the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Ingushetia". Source: Russian Federation Defence Ministry
  5. " an old school English Gentleman a dying breed that are irreplaceable. " Absolutely spot on my friend. A powerful and wonderful presence that I miss so...
  6. I need your help... I'm missing this clasp (loop) afixing the commander's neck badge to the cravate... By some miracle, would anybody have such a part for sale lying at the bottom of an old drawer?
  7. Thanks... Same for the 50th anniversary of the railroads? Royal cypher on obverse?
  8. Here's a stupid question... Is it mounted backwards? Should the crown and lightning bolts be the obverse?
  9. Still above zero and no snow yet!  If only it could last until spring!

  10. Excellent, thanks! I guess most officers were decorated by Maximilian?
  11. What's the other medal all 3 of them seem to also be wearing?? It's surmounted by an imperial eagle like the original MM but isn't... Any idea?
  12. And they (EF, Falot and Sacristan) are unfortunately to most often copied...
  13. Me again... Personally, I'd stay clear of it. Every time I look at the pics again it screams copy... Never purchase any 2nd Empire campaign medal with a ball mount! Play safe, go for a model signed by BARRE, pay under $400. A Mexico medal by any other engraver would be an incredible stroke of luck. Don't look for a super detailed medal, they were kind of plain and rather flat. If the medal seems to have a lot of depth to it, it's probably a fake. Here's mine below.
  14. My 2 cents worth... The lettering on both the obverse and reverse doesn't give me any warm and fuzzy, lot's of wear, some misalignments... Also, I'm always very weary of a ball mount on these...
  15. The new flag of the Russian Aerospace Forces bearing the star at centre as described above.
  16. Order 470 of the minister of defence of the Russian Federation of 1 August 2015 merges together the Air Defence Forces and Space Forces under the new designation : "Aerospace Forces". The extensive order contains changes to military heraldry, the basic emblem of the Air Force and all items where it appears (flags, insignia, awards, etc) are amended. This is the new "wings & star" insignia for caps, it replaces the old Soviet style insignia. The change to the basic emblem of the Air Force is the addition of an eight pointed star at the meeting place of the propeller and the cannon. This new insignia denotes the commander in chief of aerospace forces. It is presented to the Commander of Aerospace Forces in a solemn ceremony by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation or on his behalf by the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. It is worn over the right breast pocket.
  17. Took a chance on this little baby... Can anybody confirm its authenticity? Commemorative Medal of the 75th Anniversary of the Telegraph Services
  18. The same order creates two new decorations (breast badges). The decoration "For merit" and the decoration "For distinction" of Aerospace Forces. The basic design is similar to the already existing decorations of the Air Force with the addition of an eight point star at the meeting point of the cannon and propeller at centre. The decoration "For merit" of Aerospace Forces is awarded to officers and and warrant officers in military service with aerospace forces for five or more calendar years: for the exemplary performance of military duty, skilful and competent management of the actions of subordinates on duty crews, for high performance indicators; for services in the planning, organization and delivery of air defence combat duty crews (operational service); for high results in education of subordinate personnel or in the development of new equipment and weapons; for professional excellence, excellent performance in combat training and field (air) training. The decoration "For distinction" of Aerospace Forces is awarded to soldiers, sergeants and master sergeants, in military service under contract in the Aerospace Forces for five years or more (if class qualification at least second class): for outstanding achievements in the development of weapons, military and special equipment, and exemplary military discipline; for the successful fulfillment of special tasks; for excellent performance in combat training and skills for at least two years. By the same stroke, the decorations of the Air Force "For merit" and "For distinction" and the decoration of Space Forces "For merit" are abolished.
  19. The same order also abrogates the establishment orders of these three commemorative pieces, they are no longer to be awarded, Medal "100 Years of the Air Force", Commemorative Badge "50 Years of the Space Age" and Commemorative Badge "100 Years of Air Defence".
  20. This is the text of the award criteria translated from the quite extensive order detailing amendments to many air force awards. The medal "For service in aerospace forces" is awarded to military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation serving in the Air Force or discharged from military service in the Air Force, for conscientious service (work) of 20 years or more in calendar years on condition of having previously been awarded a decoration of the Air Force "For merit", "For distinction" or a commendation. The new medal being all encompassing, the same order also abrogates the establishment orders for the Medal "For Service in the Air Force", Medal "For Service in Space Forces" and the Medal "Chief Marshal of Aviation Kutakhov. The latter barely lasted a year. The design is a amalgam of the first two awards.
  21. TacHel

    Moving up

    They're all great but the Vulcan over Stanley is my fav! Awesome!
  22. Established on 1 August 2015 by ministerial order 470. This quite extensive ministerial order sets the awards for the new Aerospace Forces born from the merger of Air Defence Forces and Space Forces.
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