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Elmar Lang

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  1. Hello, acutually, the Austrian Red Cross had no proper award, before 1914. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  2. A nice collection, with very fine pieces, congratulations! Enzo
  3. As a conclusion, I've been able to take a picture of the "Ersatz-Urkunde", released by the Federal Republic of Germany, framed and at the wall, in my late father's study-room. I think it could be considered as an interesting, rather uncommon document, especially for being given to a non-German. The original "Urkunde", for what I know, should be somewhere in the desert's sands between Tobruk and Alamein...
  4. Hello, the world is strange... this morning a german colleague, collector of orders and decorations, called me informing that the Gunzenhausen show is taking place, although with less exhibitors: does anyone know more about this curious thing?
  5. You're perfectly right, noting the typing mistake that I've just corrected in my post, thank you! Pierre Didio, was in Poland between 1919 and 1927, as stated in his detailed biography, available on the webpage I've quoted as a link. Best wishes, Enzo
  6. Thank you, Gordon. I took that picture myself (I was nearly 17 years old, then), on dad's return back home in Verona, from the award ceremony, at the Miltary Region Higher Command in Padua.
  7. To complete my contribution to this interesting thread, I would like to add a portrait of my father in full-dress, taken early in 1975 when, as a Major General, he received the Commander's Cross of the Merit Order of the Republic. He is wearing the above pictured medal bar and EK-I. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  8. ...Colonel Classe also had the Kampforden in Bronze and Silver... and many, further awards...
  9. To add something to the discussion, I would like to post a few pictures of the Medals of Honor I've talked about in this thread. I've been impressed by the rich detail of each piece. The reverse of the third piece bears no engraving. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  10. Hello, following to the discussion about the Polish war order awarded to Rumanian soldiers, I would like to add a further cross, present in my collection. This one, belonged to a French officer: Pierre Desire Robert Didio. A detailed biography of him, can be found here: https://wikimaginot.eu/V70_glossaire_detail.php?id=1000561 where we see that he participated to the battle of Verdun as a captain and distinguished himself in that fierce battle. From the summer of 1919, until 1927 he saw service in Poland, with the French Military Mission. On June 22nd, 1922, he receiv
  11. I would like to add the picture of the presentation case with which the Military Attaché offered to my father the EK-I and EK-II, and a detail of the reverse of the 1st Class cross. I think that the case was prepared in Rome, on behalf of the German Embassy's administration. Further, a picture of my father's medal bar (the Silver "Al Valore Militare" medal, is a named duplicate). All the best, Enzo
  12. Hello, as a matter of interest, I would like to post the images of the "Vaterländische Verdienstorden" in Silver and Bronze, with their award documents, from the group of orders and decorations of Colonel Eugen Classe, a former high ranking officer of the Ministry for State Security (MfS). The Bronze badge, shows the typical difference to the suspension bar's loop, from the later model. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  13. Hello, the medal shown above, is not an "Al Valore MIlitare" (For Military Valour) medal, but a "Al Valore di Marina" (For Naval Valour) one. The Al Valore Militare medals were awarded to military of any ranks, as a reward for acts of valour displayed in combat or in military operations. The Al Valore di Marina, actually was a medal to reward lifesaving at sea, at risk of one's life. The fact involving the vessel "Aquila" in the low-Adriatic sea, is well-known, probably awarded to a sailor who saved other men after the Aquila was hit by the direct fire of an austrian ship,
  14. Hello, attached, the pictures of Lt. Iliescu's Virtuti Militari 5th Class. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.) A detail of the impressed numbering:
  15. Hello, to find any detail about the Castelfidardo medal and its variations, I think the best should be reading the pages about this medal, in A. Brambilla's book (2nd edition) on the decorations and medals of Italy and the former Italian States. It's the most documented and updated source on this subject. Best wishes, E.L.
  16. Hello, I have to give an update: sorry to say, I've just received news from the Gunzenhausen's show's organization, that the event was cancelled, due to the current, sanitary situation. Let's hope that things would improve soon... All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  17. Dear Paul, thank you for the reply. Yes, the "specimen" engraving, surely indicates those purposes. All the best, Enzo
  18. It wasn't a "late award". Actually, the regular award took place, as said, on May 31st, 1942, as a reward for the action that took place on the previous day. My late father, was an italian artillery officer, who fought in Northern Africa as a commander of an AA/AT battery. He was taken prisoner on July 3rd, 1942 at Alam Nayil, close to the Qattara Depression. After the war, he remained in the army until his retirement in 1976. When in 1957 the German military awards have been legalized, he immediately asked for the confirmation of his EK1, but his superiors stopped the advanceme
  19. Hello, I will have my table in Gunzenhausen as well, and I'll be glad to shake hands (is that still authorized?) or just say hello to fellow collectors. Let's hope that everything would go smoothly with this epidemic... All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  20. Hello, I think I'm in the right mood to get into troubles (in the US, at least). After the two early MOHs, one non-engraved and one to a 27th Maine soldier; I've added a third one, also of the early type, but its reverse is nicely engraved with "Specimen", done in a fine, cursive font. What where such specimens intended for? Any further info, would be most appreciated. Many thanks in advance, Enzo (E.L.)
  21. Hello, this 1st class cross is identical in any detail, to the piece presented along with the 2nd class, by the German Military Attaché to my father in 1970, when the Federal Republic confirmed the award of the First Class for the act of bravery done on May 30th 1942, Northern Africa, Bir el-Aslagh. The original conferment happened on May 31st, 1942. Best, E.L.
  22. Curiously to say, in the "Virtuti Militari" dept. of my collection, I have the 5th Class Cross no. 9732, awarded to 2nd Lt. Ignat Iliescu (Romanian Army), on February 27th, 1922.
  23. I do agree with Sascha's statement. Enzo (E.L.)
  24. I agree it's written "Großpapa". I'm 62 and Italian, but I thank my parents, both fluent in German, for having taught me the Kurrentschrift (aka "Sütterlin" in a later form), when I was a young boy...
  25. You're welcome. I'm glad if I've been of any help. Since the 1st class is very hard to find, a nice 2nd class cross would be a nice addition to any collection. The price for a Geistliches Verdienstkreuz 2. Klasse, although not cheap, is usually lower than its actual rarity. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
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