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  1. Martin, This shoulder slide is for a Syrian Air Force general (four star general). I think that most recent commanders of the Syrian Air Force have been major generals (two star), so this may be a reproduction or sample of a hypothetical rank slide, rather than being linked to a specific individual. Best, Chris
  2. Besides the UK 4th Infantry Division insignia, which Peter correctly identified, the black/red triangle patch is the insignia of the UK 3rd Infantry Division, whilst the bottom "AF" patch is that of the Allied Force Headquarters in the North Africa invasion 1942/1943. I'd suggest you post these queries in a more relevant discussion forum than the Police Forces of the World.
  3. UKR, Top photo: 1945-1984 In memory of the 39th [anniversary] of the establishment of the Syrian Arab Army Bottom photo: Martyrdom or victory
  4. Thanks for posting, MConrad! There are some nice uniform details in this photo -- this Egyptian policeman is wearing the white cotton summer uniform (worn from April-September, approximately). Besides the cuff marking (which I think denotes a traffic policeman, but am not certain), note the white fez-cover, individual serial number on the collar, corporal's stripes on the right sleeve, and the sloppily-fastened belt.
  5. My copy arrived yesterday, and it's very impressive. 350 pages, hard cover, with color photographs and drawings. As Owain said, it's entirely in Arabic, but the names of the medals are also given in English which is a big help for quick identification. The coverage is impressively thorough: Historical overview, glossary, and nice extras such as the medals awarded by the French Mandate, the UAR period (which includes many Egyptian medals), Russian and UN medals related to Syria, unit insignia of the French Mandate period, some photos of award certificates, and indexes and bibliography. Some random pages from the book... The book also comes with a four-page brochure describing the contents of the book and the author.
  6. Correct email for the author: adnan.djaroueh@gmail.com Paul, would very much love to know your thoughts (and/or some pictures) whenever you have the chance! Many thanks!
  7. Apologies, the email address is incorrect. I will attempt to follow up. Chris
  8. Clyde Tinklepaugh posted this on OMSA.org a few days ago, and I hope he doesn't mind my reposting it here. (I don't have any additional details on this book yet, but if anyone else does please share!) An encyclopedia of Syrian medals has been released by OMSA member Adnan Georges Jaroua. This is a massive hard cover book, 9.5″ x 13″ and weighs 5.5 pounds. All illustrations are in color. In the encyclopedia there are: 241 orders, medals, decorations and insignia, arranged with their information and pictures, divided according to the countries participating with Syria in their issuance. they are divided as follows: 126 orders, 59 medals, 13 decorations, and 43 insignia. 105 Syrian orders, 26 United Arab Republic orders, 16 Syrian Arab orders, 59 orders during the French mandate period, 25 Syrian-Russian medals, and 10 Syrian international medals. 4 Sashes, 15 medallions, 70 badges, 32 award certificates, one administrative order and one purchase authorization. For additional information, contact the author; Adnan Georges Jaroua at adan.djaroueh@gmail.com
  9. Vince, I can't help you with the one on the left but the one on the right has the flag of Suriname (in South America), and says (in Dutch), "Courage, Conduct, Faith" Best, Chris
  10. Thanks for posting these, Rusty! Those are some beautiful details on the cases! As always, you've done an exemplary job on the in-depth research for this posting.
  11. I was perusing the program of this year's Middle East Studies Association (North America) conference and was surprised and intrigued to see this paper among the otherwise highly arcane and specialized topics: Doga Ozturk, Ohio State U–Ottoman Orders and Medals in Egypt: Symbols of Ottoman Consciousness, 1841-1909 https://mesana.org/pdf/19_preliminary_program-8-20-19.pdf (this is on p. 48 of the program) I'm not planning to attend, but wonder if anyone is aware of the author or his work? (cross-posted to Turkey forum)
  12. I was perusing the program of this year's Middle East Studies Association (North America) conference and was surprised and intrigued to see this paper among the otherwise highly arcane and specialized topics: Doga Ozturk, Ohio State U–Ottoman Orders and Medals in Egypt: Symbols of Ottoman Consciousness, 1841-1909 https://mesana.org/pdf/19_preliminary_program-8-20-19.pdf (this is on p. 48 of the program) I'm not planning to attend, but wonder if anyone is aware of the author or his work? (cross-posted to Middle East forum)
  13. Pardon a bit of levity, but I saw this photo (on a well-known auction site) of what is probably the son of a very proud Egyptian judge, and couldn't help but think of this topic...
  14. As always, some excellent research and great photos here. Thanks Rusty!
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