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TacHel

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  1. No, we have quite restrictive regulations on the wear of foreign awards. If a Canadian award is given for the same reason, then any connected foreign one will NOT be allowed to be worn. You cannot wear 2 medals awarded for the same reason such as a tour of operations, or two decorations for bravery... Should one do an act of valour in a foreign country and be awarded a foreign decoration, the recipient would either receive the foreign decoration or the Canadian equivalent should that foreign country recommend it. For example, the 1990-91 Gulf War, Canada produced and awarded a campaign
  2. And RCAF personnel will not get permission to wear them if issued the medal... *SIGH*
  3. Gents... A Russian collector has asked me to confirm if his recent purchases are indeed real. Personally, I've never seen these horrors before, they don't even conform to the description in the establishment decree. The reverse is all wrong, the face looks like a blow up doll, the wreath is completely wrong and at the wrong place, but still... So many different makers of French awards, and Belgian makers making the cheapest ugliest ones (out of spite?) . I asked Marc Champenois of France Phaléristique and he's never seen these before but still, I have to ask. Can anybody confirm horr
  4. O-M-G... Each badge has a dozen variations in the shape of the central medallion! The establishment order is looooong... Still sorting it out.
  5. Not a new casting, the new medals are actually minted. This predates the "current administration"...
  6. I was half expecting at the very minimum a new clasp to the SSM besides the EXPEDITION one... Anybody who served in Germany before now going to Poland of the Baltic states gets nada... Notice the new SSM? Not the old rudely casted, barely filed down before triple plating like mine but new crisp, minted ones from the RCM.
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    Generals etc

    Wow... And I can barely draw a realistic stick man...
  8. RECOGNITION FOR OPERATION REASSURANCE AND OPERATION UNIFIER REFS: A. CANFORGEN 073/16 CMP 076/16 251912Z APR 16 B. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09 C. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09 FURTHER TO REF A, AFC HAS DETERMINED THAT THE USE OF THE EXISTING NATO AND EXPEDTION BARS TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY METHOD TO RECOGNIZE SERVICE WITH OPS REASSURANCE AND UNIFIER RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE CDS HAS DIRECTED THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT A HOLISTIC REVIEW OF THE SERVICE RECOGNITION FRAMEWORK AND INTENDS TO RECOMME
  9. You sure you can't claim the WW1 medals? if you're the direct descendant... Might be worth an e-mail...
  10. Repos légionaire... Et couvres-toi la noix de coco au soleil!
  11. Say what? Your French is almost as good as mine... What gives? Did you break your reading glasses old man?
  12. Julière Louis (CI ?) 1942 Caporal au 1/23 (10.8 ?) en 1941 à la base aérienne de (Toulouse ?) (AJ97 ?) Tunisie 1942/43, Gr "Lafayette". Campagnes d'A.F. (Gi ?), Corse France Alsace. Libéré en août 1945 An airman and POW?
  13. President Putin and Defence Minister Shoigu have officialised the formation of the "young army", the equivalent of the cadet movement in Commonwealth countries. Youngsters from 11 to 18 in para-military units learning citizenship, patriotic history, military tradition, sports, same as our cadet movement. Instructor cadre for now will come from the military and reserve/retired list. Cadet instructors are recognizable by the breast insignia worn above the right breast pocket.
  14. Insignia for an air force base/unit commander (usually full colonel). Insignia of the Chief of the personnel office of the Defence Ministry.
  15. I thought this forum included all military collectibles?
  16. Chief of the personnel office of the Defence Ministry wearing his senior appointment badge over the right breast pocket. Insignia (cloth) for the commander of a railway troop brigade. It appears these were instituted by Order of the Minister of National Defence No 490 of 9 August 2016. From what I read in a Russian forum, this puppy is approximately 100 pages thick!
  17. The Defence Ministry has issued new insignia for senior appointments, from commander-in-chief of the army all the way down to individual unit commanders, akin the Russian navy's surface ship and sub commander's badge. Air force squadron commanders, division commanders, chiefs of military hospitals, regimental, brigade... Worn over the right breast pocket. I've seen them in both metal and cloth. I've seen some of them, there's probably a ton of different ones. Here's a sample below. As I find more info, I'll fill you in. These will most definitely become highly collectible!
  18. Thanks Megs, this is one I wasn't even looking for due to the difficulty in finding them. I had resigned myself to the fact I wasn't going to get one ever... Then voilà! He seriously made my XMas card list for a loooong time!
  19. Luckily, only 1 in 7 parcels is checked for duty here... The only 2 times in more than 3 decades I was asked to pay duty, I was able to prove what I purchased wasn't available in Canada and thus got out of it.
  20. Upon further examination... Good luck reading the name.
  21. Yeah, just as I thought. The recipient is living... So I'll leave you with the original photo for now. Sorry. Just wouldn't feel right.
  22. Seriously, I don't know what the international postage union have agreed upon but for the past year or so international shipping has slowed to an exact science of 12 days once out of country. I used to mail items to France and they'd get it within 48 to 72 hours! Now, 12 days... I'd get parcels from anywhere inside continental Europe (except Belgium, a bit slower sorry ) within 2 to 5 days, now 12... Same for Russia, Australia... It takes EXACTLY 12 days for a parcel from anywhere on Earth to my front door once it leaves the country of origin. Mind boggling! Cannot be a coincidence!
  23. Won't happen... The more a package is expected during the holidays the slower it'll go... The very first day you have to go back to work, during the only 30 minute interval when nobody can answer the door, is when the postman will ring and leave a note saying you can pick it up at the post office the next day after 13h00... Unless it's a Friday, and it'll be a Friday, then you'll have to twiddle your thumbs until Monday. That'll be the one day you'll leave work late and get stuck in traffic... And then it get's worse! Just trying to make sure you don't get your hopes up too high...
  24. Oh and by the way... I wasn't afraid in any shape or form that it was stolen... I meant if the recipient had simply departed with it, that he wouldn't be pointed at for doing so.
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