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  1. For those of you interested in Ethiopian medals the feature article in the upcoming July-August 2020 issue of the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America is by Owain and describes the medals and combat infantryman's badges issued by Ethiopia for the Korean War and also provides a list of Ethiopians who received United States decorations during that war. The issue went to the printer yesterday and should be out to the membership by the second or third week of July. Cover.pdf
  2. I am not a coin collector so I may be showing my stupidity but are these really "coins"? Aren't they privately-made, unofficial commemorative medals which in the end are only going to be worth their bullion value? My dictionary defines "coin" aa "a flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money." To use the term "coin" for the items illustrated above falsely implies that they are officially-authorized money, which is not the case, and may mislead uniformed collectors and members of the public to think that they are official items. Let's call them what they are: privately produced bullion with a nice design to entice the public to purchase them, usually at prices well above their bullion value.
  3. Which war? A perusal of the Army List for the period ought to bring forth possible candidates.
  4. The Bible on British campaign medals is British Battles and Medals, 7th Edition. No British campaign medal collector should be without it. The Medal Yearbook, published each year by Token Publishing, is useful for determining values.
  5. The above coin was produced by the Merrick Mint which specializes in colored coins for the collector (?) market. The are still in stock for $46.95 each. As far as I can tell they have no official connection with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Place "Hillary Clinton Silver Eagle" in Google and Merrickmint.com should be one of the choices. WSG was primarily a grading company for baseball trading cards but now appears to have a coin division. The coin is one of many colorized, commemorative 'coins' sold by so-called 'mints' that sell bullion 'coins' to the public. Silver currently is just over $15.00 per ounce, so at the price they are charging for the coin you are buying an ounce of silver with a nice design (if you like Hillary!) for three times its value in silver. If you try to sell these types of coins to a coin or bullion dealer my experience is that you will get paid a few percentage points below the silver bullion price at that time.
  6. As you indicate the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 certainly had a devastating effect on the troops in Europe at the end of the war and after, affecting many of those who fought and survived in France and Belgium for the entire war. I have the medals to a Royal Artillery officer who spent over four years on the Western Front only to go home on leave in December 1918 and die of flu at home in Scotland. Another, a Major, died of the flu in France on the day of the armistice.
  7. The IGSM (08) is certainly a very interesting medal and the quantity of some clasps is very uncommon to some regiments. For instance the BURMA 1932 clasp was awarded to only six British soldiers of the Royal Artillery - all officers, as the only artillery in the campaign was the 7th (Bengal) Indian Mountain Battery which was officered by RA officers but with Indian other ranks.
  8. They could also have a "sheltered at home" clasp for us old ones who are told to stay at home!
  9. You need to download the war diary of the 36th Divisional Ammunition Column, RFA on The National Archives website. It is file no, WO 95/2496/8 and costs £3.50.
  10. casack: Sorry, but I do not have a link to the London Gazette for his MBE - I obtained the date from the Handbook to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
  11. Kleitmann (The Medal Collector, vol. 39, No. 12, December 1988) indicates that "during the was Messrs. Steinhauer and Luck, and after the war, Rudolf Souval of Vienna, manufactured additional medals with the name of the artist being omitted. Most of the medals were produced from zinc." Further, Kleitmann (The Medal Collector, vol.38, no, 6, June 1987) states that when two or more battle bars were worn they were to be silvered; when only one battle bar was authorized it was in bronze. Frank Lockman ((The Medal Collector, vol. 39, No. 1-2, January-February 1988) gives a detailed description and images of the medal with the bronze planchet and that with the copper-coated zinc planchet mentioned by Kleitman (above). Many years ago (I am unable to locate the exact issue) The Medal Collector carried an announcement that Rudolf Souval of Vienna had for sale to collectors a relatively large numbers of the various battle bars for the medal.
  12. Mongolian enthusiasts may be interested that the feature article in the January - February issue of JOMSA: The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America is "The Gold Star Medal and 'Hero of the Mongolian People's Republic' Title Awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Choi Dugarjav" by Khuujii Urnukh and Pamela J H Slutz. The issue goes to the printer on 1 January and will be out to the membership about the third week of January..
  13. When I was in the service in Germany during the early 1960s our division would go on maneuvers during February in the snow and cold. When we were in position we had to run the engines of our tanks and self-propelled guns in case we had to move quickly. Every year at least a couple of soldiers would be killed as they were sleeping under the vehicle to keep warm and would be run over when the tank or gun moved.
  14. I have the medals to an officer who fell asleep on a long march, fell off his horse and was run over by a supply wagon, killing him instantly.
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