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  1. Thanks for sharing - going through your collection was like a mini-course in Hungarian militaria. I learned quite a bit. Egészségügyi :beer:
  2. Definitely an enlisted soldier from the Polish 2nd Republic - between the wars. It looks like a tinted photo. The color on his czapka refers to his branch. Red is for military police (or medical personnel depending on the shade). (Red is the usual color for artillery - however, in Polish tradition, artillery color is green.)
  3. A quick web search shows a reference on the REME museum page: Telephone Set L (YA 3717) Vol U03, EMER No U739, Dated 1955-Jul So, at least until 1955 - through the Korean War - and probably well into the 1960's. The US Army used its WWII version field telephone, the EE-8, well into the Vietnam War. It's replacement, the TA-312, was first used in the Korean War and has been used well into the current century. I suspect that the British version had a similar history.
  4. Beware now heathens for St. Barbara may smite thee with lightning... http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=42149&pid=390005&st=0&#entry390005
  5. Now wait a minute! How the heck did Chris Boonzair HACK into Rick Research's account? :rolleyes:
  6. I would enjoy a bottle of Scotch and a few Cohibas on the battlefields... Unfortunately, not in the cards. :cool:
  7. Still the most beautiful medal ever...IMHO. And an incredible story. Exceptional writing. This should be published.
  8. I see he was in Cumberland, MD in 1942. While Cumberland is in the western mountains of Maryland, it isn't that far from Baltimore, which had a huge shipyard building ships in WWII. Circumstantial to say the least, but you never know...
  9. I have seen BRCS medals with boxes before on eBay. I have an unnamed example on without a box. Since mine wasn't named, I didn't assume the boxes had names on them. Will have to watch closer now and maybe upgrade. The pride of my nurse collection is a Victory Medal named to Staff Nurse Daye; I have been able to do some research on her, but haven't found her specific wartime service.
  10. Thanks for sharing. This is also a tangent of mine since my wife is a nurse practitioner. I also have a British Red Cross proficiency medal for nursing (named to K. Hill), but it doesn't have the dated clasps like your's; I haven't seen those before. Thanks again... Here's to the ladies! :cheers:
  11. Just read this whole thread. Very, very, very good luck to you on scoring the goals! :beer:
  12. Mannerheim supposedly also received the French Legion de Honneur and the British OBE in 1938/39; around the same time he received the EK's. I am no expert either, but suspect the explanation above - he was a Marshall; so, he had to have the EK's as a matter of protocol. Same reason he probably received the French and British awards. Strange times.
  13. Bob, actually Mannerheim served in the Imperial Russian Army - cavalry. During part of his service he was in partioned Poland as part of the Russian occupation. During WWI, he was on the Eastern Front fighting the Austrians and the Romanians and reached general officer rank. I am not an expert, but last month I had a special dinner with a Finnish colleague honoring Mannerheim's meeting with the Polish Marshall Pilsudski during both country's wars against the Bolsheviks after WWI. Mannerheim is sort of his hero (he has Mannerheim's picture hanging in his living room!). It was an interesting
  14. The reverse: Poland, Denmark, and Germany are the lead nations for the corps; the flags represent all eleven countries that have personnel assigned to the corps headquarters.
  15. This next one is for the 10th Anniversary (2009) of Multinational Corps Northeast, headquartered in Szczecin, Poland. This corps is available for NATO and actually the corps staff will shortly be serving as the bulk of ISAF Headquarters in Afghanistan. Again, about 3 inches in diameter; comes in a nice felt/cardboard box. (PS: This one could be available for trade. ) The front: The corps' emblem.
  16. The reverse: "Sztab Generalny 90 lat" - General Staff 90 years The building is the current General Staff Headquarters in Warsaw.
  17. I finally brought these home from my office to post. Sorry for the poor image quality. My wife is the photographer and I have to be careful in the critique; she works for free! This first one is for the 90th Anniversary of the Polish General Staff, which was 2008. It comes in a very simple plastic case. The medal is about 3 inches in diameter. The front: "Sztab Generalny Wojska Polskiego" - General Staff of the Polish Army
  18. Ok, I admit I am quickly becoming confused... I think 10. ED was part of IV Armee, but can someone confirm this... Stupid easy question: Was 10. ED part of IV Armee or VI Armee? :unsure:
  19. No question these are/were tough people in these mountains. I lived in Slovenia for three years and hiked/climbed a lot of the mountains on the Slovenia/Italy border in the Julian Alps where a lot of the fighting took place in WWI. Using Kobarid, Slovenia (Capparetto - also scene of Hemingway's book "A Farewell to Arms") as a base, you can trace a lot of the Isonza (Soča) Front; including the area where Rommel writes about in "Infantry Attacks". The Trentino and the Tyrol were even worse conditions - the fighting at San Matteo had to be insane. Every 11 Nov for a Veteran's Day ceremony w
  20. I suspect you are right about the foot artillery being somewhat independent from the division at this point. From the published sources and from newspaper accounts of the time, artillery of all calibers were firing almost continuously during Lys. And with Bruchmueller involved, there likely was some centralized plan. Giving the volume of firing from anecdotal accounts, artillery almost certainly was not held in reserve and it is likely that all batteries were engaged regardless of what their division was doing. On the other hand, it is my opinion, that positioning of batteries likely follow
  21. Chris, thanks for the reminder that the date on the document isn't necessarily the date of action. Based upon 251 Divs, I would agree that this was from 15-23 April - during the Battle of Lys. Quite a bit of artillery was being fired during this period, prepping the German offensive actions. And of course, lots of Allied counter-fire. A lot going on that could have earned an EK2. This is my first award doc research; so, I have no expectations. Would just like to come up with a general - yet plausible - story.
  22. I am researching an EK2 award document to a Gefreiter of Fussartillerie Battalion Nr. 156 awarded on 23 April 1918. This artillery battalion was part of 10th Ersatz Div, which has campaign credit for the Battle at Mount Kemmel. Other than overview articles of the battle, I have found nothing specific on the activities of 10th Ers. Div on 23 April (it would be a long shot to find something specific to FussArt. Batl 156). Any info concerning specifics of the 10th Ers. Div or the Fussartl Batl. 156 on 23 April 1918 would be sincerely appreciated. Newspaper accounts of the day (NY Times A
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