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  1. On 2/14/2017 at 23:28, Egorka said:

    Why? Not round enough?

    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 medal.  All participants also received a Saudi and a Kuwaiti campaign medal but were NOT allowed to wear them contrary to EVERY OTHER allied nation there...  

  2. 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 horrible copies/unadopted prototypes/actually legal for wear.

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  3. 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 RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES THAT THE TIME CRITERIA FOR CERTAIN MEDALS BE AMENDED IN DUE COURSE

    CONSEQUENTLY, AFC HAS APPROVED THE ADDITION OF THE FOL SERVICE TO THE ELIGIBILITY LISTS FOR CERTAIN CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE MEDALS, AS FOLLOWS:

    SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-NATO (SSM-NATO): 

    (1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO CAMPIA TURZII, ROMANIA, LITHUANIA AND SPANGDAHLEM AIRBASE IN GERMANY AS PART OF THE AIR TASK FORCE (ATF), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE NATO BALTIC AIR PATROL (BAP), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR 

    (2) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AS PART OF THE LAND TASK FORCE (LTF), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR 

    (3) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO SERVED ONBOARD HMC SHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS UNDER NATO SNMG2, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE), PROVIDED THE SERVICE IS NOT COUNTED TOWARDS A NATO MEDAL. NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR. ONLY TIME SPENT UNDER NATO COMMAND IS ELIGIBLE - TRANSIT TIME DOES NOT COUNT. SERVICE UNDER NATO OPS ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR AND SEA GUARDIAN COUNTS TOWARDS THE APPROPRIATE NATO MEDALS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED NUMERALS AND NOT FOR THE SSM-NATO 

    (4) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO FORWARD LOGISTICS SITES (FLS) IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF HMC SHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS UNDER NATO SNMG2 (WHEN THE SHIPS ARE NOT UNDER OPS ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR OR SEA GUARDIAN), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR 

    (5) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS IN LATVIA AS PART OR IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE (EFP) BATTLEGROUP LATVIA, SINCE 22 APR 2017 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR

    SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-EXPEDITION (SSM-EXP): 

    (1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO UKRAINE TO PROVIDE MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES, SINCE 13 JUNE 2015 (OP UNIFIER)

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  4. 1 hour ago, Chris Boonzaier said:

    Hi,

    thanks a million guys!

    Nice work!

    All the best

    Chris

    Say what?  Your French is almost as good as mine...  What gives?  Did you break your reading glasses old man? :ninja:

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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  7. Chief of the personnel office of the Defence Ministry wearing his senior appointment badge over the right breast pocket.

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    Insignia (cloth) for the commander of a railway troop brigade.

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    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!

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  8. 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!

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    Here's one for a chief of a military hospital, clinic or sanatorium.

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    Commander land forces wearing his senior appointment badge over the right breast pocket.

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  9. 6 hours ago, Megan said:

    Beautiful medal, thank you for sharing Frank.

    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! 

  10. 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! 

  11. 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...

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