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  1. Don't mention it.

    I did a little research since the last night and I'm pretty sure "Banja Luka" ribbon is related to the Sokol movement. I presume its members wore it on their uniforms during rallies. If I understood well the movement had three territorial-organizational levels. The basic organizational unit was Society (Соколско друштво-Sokolsko društvo), several societies formed the District (Жупа-Župa) and all districts formed the Alliance (Соколски савез-Sokolski savez). Based on that I'd say that the ribbon was worn by a member of the Ključ society which belonged to the Banja Luka district. 

  2. Apologies for not being more clear in my previous reply. There are two inscriptions on your medal, upper one is Cyrillic (Добром стрелцу), lower one is Latin (Dobrom strelcu) and both of them mean the same thing - (To a) Good Marksman. That puts it in the interwar period.

    I'm not sure about the producer, probably domestic.

    Generally speaking "Župa" is an administrative district but it also means (catholic) parish and "Ključ" is a place not that far away from Banja Luka.

    I can't tell you more about the ribbon, perhaps something related to the Sokol society, I know their members were also eligible for the Good Marksman Medals.

  3. Greetings Enrico,

    Interesting find, the medal is definitely authentic and I don't remember seeing fakes at all. It was first introduced during Kingdom of Serbia, I believe in 1883, as a soldiers' decoration. Before WW1 it had only Cyrillic inscription on the back side. Later, during Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes/Yugoslavia, it had both Cyrillic and Latin inscription. I'm not completely sure but I doubt they were being awarded during WW2. 

    The "Banja Luka" ribbon is not related to the medal.

    Regards,

    Paja

  4. Interesting to see my photos ended up in Politikin Zabavnik's attachment about decorations #5, someone just removed hallmarks.
    More information HERE.

    "U „Politikinom Zabavniku” koji je danas na kioscima i u naredna četiri broja nalazi se dodatak „Šest vekova odlikovanja među Srbima”, koji je pripremio Dragomir Acović, naš vodeći heraldičar. Kroz priču o odlikovanjima na svojevrstan način ispisana je, slikom i rečju, naša burna i slavna istorija.

    Od prvog i jedino izričitog pomena o postojanju nekog ordena u srednjovekovnoj Srbiji – a to se zbilo u vreme krunisanja cara Stefana Dušana (1346) – do priznanja koja se sada dodeljuju. O ovom nesvakidašnjem petodelnom serijalu-poklonu čitaocima „Politikinog Zabavnika” Dragomir Acović kaže da je to potpuni pregled oblasti koja je odraz javnog političkog, kulturnog i istorijskog života Srba, koga ponekad nismo svesni.

    – Država ili neki drugi opšti atribut odabrao je, izdvojio i odlučio da javno obeleži svojim priznanjem za jedno ili više dela kojim je zadužio narod, državu i vreme u kome postoji i deluje. Nismo iizbegavali ni uzlete ni neminovne padove. Javna priznanja su živa materija i današnji junaci lako u sutrašnjim zbivanjima prestaju da budu junaci. Ali i to je istorija. Treba je znati i učiti iz nje, i tome je namenjena ova petodelna serija – ističe Acović."

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  5. Don't mention it, I think I found it HERE.

    Thanks to Google Translate:

    mjr. Robert Vobrátilek
    Commander of the 4th Regiment. For the fight in Dobruja he was awarded the Serbian Silver Medal of Bravery. In April 1917 he was nominated for the Order of St. Stanislav with swords and the ban, which, as a result of the collapse of the Russian army, has not been confirmed. For Zborov he received RSvVl4 with swords and banter and KsvJ4 for officers (which he wore without belonging to the branch). The British Military Cross (MC) was granted him on August 9, 1919 "for excellent service in the Czechoslovakian military".

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