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  1. Thanks, Gents, for that info - one learns every day on forums (and I need better reading glasses too !) 🙂 Regards, Hendrik
  2. Hi, I don't know anything about ranks and uniforms but the medals worn in the picture suggest a civilian diplomatic official. The neck badge and breast star of the Order of Nichan-Iftikar point to service in Tunisia and the presence of the Belgian Order of Leopold, civilian division and the Portuguese Order of Aviz further confirm diplomatic service. The first two medal, Academic Palms and Agricultural Order are among the commonest French decorations for officials. Regards, Hendrik
  3. Hi, I think that a honorary rank as displayed on the diploma means the recipient was no longer in the armed forces reserve at the time. It would also mean that such was his rank when in said reserve and that he thus never rose to general rank. I'm certainly no expert in the matter but I'm inclined to think it is another Pierre Huot that received this decoration, the name is not that uncommon ... Ha, just now, when going over the diploma again, I happen to notice the date of birth is indicated on it : 3 January 1920 - so not your Brigadier General born in 1904 ! Sorry for the bad news. Regards, Hendrik
  4. Hi, It may help to note that on the diploma he's identified as Honorary Infantry Lt.Col. ... Regards, Hendrik
  5. Is it possible to merge this topic with the earlier identical one Regards, Hendrik
  6. Hello Simon, The "7" likely refers to the wearer's unit : the 7th Regiment of .... infantry, cavalry, artillery, dragoons, "tirailleurs africains", etc. etc. With the Military Medal fourragère in place, the only unit I can find is the "Compagnie 15/12 du 7e régiment de génie ( 09/08/1917 ) " (source : website France-phaleristique). Regards, Hendrik
  7. Hello Duncan, You might find the France Phaleristique website useful : look under DECORATIONS and then scroll down to MEDAILLES D'HONNEUR ... lots of "civil" medals there 😃 Regards, Hendrik
  8. Hello, Further to the above, the Leopold I monogram with the "I" in the centre merely indicates it was manufactured by the firm of Wolfers, the "II" in the centre points to manufacture by the firm of Heremans. Regards, Hendrik
  9. Very nice and interesting website, Dave - keep up the good work !!! Regards, Hendrik
  10. The last action for which the clasp was allowed was a reconnaissance mission to Oued-Nesly under the command of a Major Pein between 23 and 30 January 1906. Your medal is from 1914 at the very earliest. I don't think it is possible to attribute it to a particular battle/campaign/mission unless you have information about its original recipient. Also, the time between the campaign and the award of a medal and bar may be considerable. By way of example, I have a Colonial Medal with clasp TUNISIE (last campaign ended in 1918 for that clasp) and its award certificate is dated November 1931 ... Tchüß, Hendrik
  11. Hi, It only needs one to make a mistake and then others copy it on from there ... I've seen it happen before 🙁 Regards, Hendrik
  12. Hello Gentlemen, The above Colonial Medal is of the 2nd official type and manufactured by the Paris Mint (silver mark "1" between cornucopia). This type was manufactured between 1914 and 1962. The 1930 date on the northeastmedals website makes no sense to me ... The bar "ALGERIE" in the pictures was manufactured by the Paris firm of Arthus-Bertrand. It could be awarded for campaigns up till 1906. Regards, Hendrik
  13. Hi Nick, Once again my heartfelt thanks for your quick and knowledgeable reply ! Regards, Hendrik
  14. Hi, I would appreciate any information on this medal and its box. Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  15. A geographical indication : always useful and never to be scoffed at !🙂 Thank you very much, Hendrik
  16. Hello All ! As mentioned in another post (thanks again for the quick answer, JapanX) I recently acquired a Wound Badge. It came in what I assume is its original and somewhat damaged box of issue which is, however, marked in ink on both the outside and inside of the lid. Obviously, I'd love to know what is written there and so, it's over to the experts ... In case a close-up would help : and, on the inside : Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  17. Hello ! A small badge, in its box of issue (?), has recently arrived with me as part of a lot containing a Japanese Wound Badge. I'm hoping one of the experts on this forum can shed more light on it ... Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  18. Hello Numis, The medal you refer to in your original post is, as Vincent pointed out, not an official Belgian medal. Its obverse bears the head of the sovereign under which reign it was issued (i.e. Leopold II or Albert I - I can't recall seeing any other king's representation). Official Belgian lifesaving awards were created during the reigns of Leopold I and Leopold II and you might wander over to Hendrik's Medal Corner and find then in the "Other Awards" section. Regards, Hendrik
  19. Hi, As Pat mentions in the post above, it's the French Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour), Chevalier class (knight class) of the 3rd Republic era (1870-1951) and its ribbon is plain red. At the bottom, the mark is quite likely a boar's head (indicating the cross is silver) and the mark on the ring should be "AB & Cie" with a wheel under a star, i.e. the Arthus-Bertrand maker's mark. Regards, Hendrik
  20. Hi Nick, Not German but Belgian : Military Chaplain's Cross, a badge of office rather than a decoration. Regards, Hendrik
  21. Hello Gordon, French manufacturers have a long history of producing unofficial medals and bars. I think the motive is financial gain rather than veterans wanting to embellish their members' medal displays but that is just my personal opinion. Regards, Hendrik
  22. Hello Gordon, No bars were authorised for this medal. The Dien Bien Phu bar is, to my knowledge, unofficial and the Légion Etrangère bar belongs to the "National Defence Medal". Below an example of the latter on a 1st class medal : Regards, Hendrik
  23. Bonjour Patout 🙂 Excellent ! It may be of interest that the "Médaille d'Honneur" the good captain received was of the highest possible class : he was awarded the rare gold class of the Interior Ministry's Medal of Honour for courage and dedication. It would perhaps be interesting to know which "difficult events in several counties in the months of February, March, April and May 1906" caused such awards to be made ... Link to the entry in the Journal Officiel de la République Française : https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6542783t/f2.image Regards, Hendrik
  24. Hello Jeff, There are "Journal de Marche Officiel" of some of the batteries of the 68th Artillery Regiment available on line : https://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/fr/arkotheque/inventaires/ead_ir_consult.php?fam=3&ref=6&le_id=12831 Time to brush up your French 😉 Regards, Hendrik
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