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  1. They could also have a "sheltered at home" clasp for us old ones who are told to stay at home!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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..
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The London Medal Company has quite a few Memorial Plaques (some with case and paperwork) on their online website.
  9. Plaques to other ranks run around £75 to £85 while those to officers are in the £175 to £225. Plaques with the case and paperwork are much more.
  10. Naval and Military Press has British Battles and Medals on sale for £17.99 - a real bargain as the original cost was £85.
  11. There is also British Battles and Medals, 7th Edition, which is indispensable for collectors of British campaign medals and British Gallantry Awards by Abbott and Tamplin which is excellent for British decorations.
  12. Mike McLellan wrote: "I’m sure you’ve already considered this, but the Efficiency Medal was for non-commissioned officers. That might narrow the field just a bit. I’m still hung up on that number. It certainly identifies some person, group, or thing." I am sorry, but your statement is not correct. The EM required that one had to initially be an other rank to obtain the medal, but thousands of former other ranks who were commissioned during WWII (including many officers with Regular Army Emergency Commissions) received the EM. One only needs to look at supplements to the London Gazette during the late 1940s and early 1950s to find long lists of officers receiving the EM. The list below is from the 25 June 1954 London Gazette and is just a portion of a list of officers who were awarded the EM on that date.
  13. Peter monohan wrote: "BTW, officers were not given service numbers before 1920. And I think an officer's serial should be 6 digits, not 5 [and 8 for ORs]." Actually officers serial numbers after 1920 ('P' numbers) went from single digit to six digits. 'P1' was the serial number of EC Lloyd.
  14. The article, "The Men Behind the Medal(s): as Exemplified by King George Tupou V, Philip B. Eagleton and the 2007-2013 Revision of the Tongan Award System, Including a Description of Preexisting Honors and the Modified System" by EJ Fisher, was published in the July-August 2018 issue of JOMSA pages 4-19. A follow-up article with additional images will be published in the November-December 2019 issue of JOMSA which will be mailed to the membership in late November.
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