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  1. Whihe sometimes viewed as "Nazi" awards these are not, these are alliesd awards of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind [Free India] (PGAH). Established in Germany by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the PGAH represents the sole pre-1947 issuance of awards by Independent India. (Well, there are a couple of medals issued by Congress for various Satyagraha campaigns, but....) Will post PGAH awards here. Ed
  2. The only info that we have today about this rare and beautiful decoration came from page 171 of Peterson book "Orders and Medals of Japan and Associated States”, 3rd edition.
  3. There is another field of interest to the Luftwaffe badge collector, this being the qualification badges issued to members of the German Luftwaffe who served with the other Axis Powers. Not only did these Luftwaffe flight crews wear the normal German qualification badges, but those who flew with any of the other Axis forces were also entitled to wear the corresponding badge issued by that particular Country.. Axis Countries. Germany. Italy. Japan. Hungary. Rumania Bulgaria. Independent State of Croatia (NDH) As with most Axis medals, awards and badges, both German and locally manufactured examples will be encountered. First up, the Bulgarian Observers badge. Made by the specialist German manufacturer ?Friedrich Sedlatzek? and personalized with the initials ?TK?.. The same badge can be seen, being worn, by a DKiG winner, in the photograph, below..
  4. Dear Gentlemen, I would like to show you my small collection of awards and documents of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) 1941-45. Let`s start First a mounted group which consists of the small (35 mm) Silver Ante Pavelic Bravery Medal and the Wound Medal with ribbon for one wound. Front
  5. Hi all, does anyone have any info on this order and its attached medals? Pics would be nice also.
  6. I took the attached photo many years ago of a Gorget "Voenna Politsiya" in the collection of a friend in Germany. I have also seen a similar Gorget with the plate gilded rather than silvered which I am led to believe was for officer ranks. Can anyone with knowledge of the Bulgarian forces point me to any further info on these and the uniforms worn by Bulgarian MPs in WW2 ?
  7. Hello Gentlemen, Im doing a research about Fieldmarshal?s Baton of period WW1 and WW2 Im looking for informations and pics of Batons of FieldMarshals of these countrys : Italy Finnland Romania Japan Thx in advance Regards Alexandre
  8. Dear members, I would like to start this topic with a nice 1941 3-rd Class Order for Bravery In fact since no 1-st and 2-nd Classes were given during this period this Class is considered to be the "1st Class" I have seen pictures of this Order, from this period, mostly with Bulgarian Officers and more often with King Boris III. I aquired this 3-rd Class recently with a picture of German General. I do not know whether this is his Order, because there is no provenance to suppoti it. However, it is a nice Set anyway. It ia a real photo with a hand written "Stalingrad". Regards Graf
  9. I couldn't find a thread for these already, so i'm starting a new one. I personally think the Hungaria stuff is really overlooked. But then, so is alot of the axis nation stuff, it all seems to hide in the shadow of the TR. Which is just fine for me! These three medals are for the capture of south and eastern slovakia, transylvania and parts of yugoslavia. There's also a pic of the paratroop jacket they are with. Sam.
  10. Hello friends Who knows if this medal is an original or a copy? How much would you price it? Thanks
  11. Going to start a thread about Hungarin WW2 tunics. Several factors need to be noted. 1) Hungary was a "poor nation" and subsequently had a very small garment industry that was not able to cope with the huge demand of unifomrs required when the military was mobilized. As a result one can find a huge variety of uniforms manufactured in various ways. It was not uncommon for a soldeir to be required to manufacture his own uniform (IE - go to the tailor and get one made) This included some combat grade uniforms. Most uniforms that survive today are dress uniforms for officers as they were only brought out on rare ocasions and worn for the parades and such. However as the war progressed the demand for uniforms increased and the availability of combat uniforms decreaesed and many offciers and NCO's were sent to the front in modified (mostly by the soldier himself) dress uniforms. 2) The government of course did manufacture under licence combat grade uniforms. This consisted of a heavy wool dark brown material similar to design of the dress uniform and they are usualy stamped with manufacture marks (which thankfuly include the year of manufacture) Though this was a combat uniform and was normaly worn without any imbellishment save for rank - it is very common to find examples that have been modified to hang badges and medals on for parade use. For the summer grade uniform there are examples made of a light blue (almost faded denim shade of hue) HBT material. Again the cut is similar to the dress uniforms and again soldiers would convert these for use to wear during parade (but less often as the blue shade was not the traditional brown) 3) as stated before one can even find the combat grade uniforms that were custom made by soldeirs! Below is a recent pinacle of my collection, a Lt. Col Csendor uniform. This one was originaly a stand up collar (originaly tailored in Debrecen before 1938) and as per the 1939 regulation was converted to a laying down collar. The Csendor (Genarmerie) unfiroms are also supposed ot be a green shade (rather than the brown of the regular army) but it is not uncommon to find some very rare Csendor uniforms made from the regular army brown stock. Csendor uniforms are rare - probably one step down from Arrow Cross as they were the equivalent to the Algimenie SS (spelling?) They were used to keep the peace and quiet within the borders of Hungary and as Hungary joined in operation Barbarosa they were sent to keep the peace there as well and as a result engaged in fighting partisans - for which this Lt.Col was doing alongside German troops. He was awarded the EK2 and the EK1 for his 'acts'.
  12. During WW2 the Royal Hungarian Air Force was relatively small compared to many of her Axis nations. I don?t have the exact numbers, but it was marginal at best. The Royal Hungarian Air Force flew mainly outdated or dismally performing aircraft from Germany and Italy for the majority of the war only to receive ME-109's, FW-190's and a handful of JU-88's during the latter stages of the war. For what they were given they performed rather admirably in the face of the Red Army's onslaught. As air power was still relatively new by WW2 the Hungarian Air Force like many other nations created a new image for its members of the Air Force. The idea was to create a uniform that gave the image of the new knights of the sky. Invariably like many nations Hungary also adopted the open collar four pocket uniform with a neck tie motif - and like Germany and other nations equipped these new knights with a striking dagger or sword. Compared to the Luftwaffe, the Royal Hungarian Air Force did produce the dress daggers (the idea of the sword was not used in Hungary) in great quantities as the officers and NCOs who would actually need one or wear one was rather miniscule. The dagger was regulated to strictly dress and parade use, not a necessary item for the majority of the war, unless you were getting commissioned, receiving an award or getting married. I would even suspect that the daggers were utilized like the Hungarian Defense Forces do today for the dress sabers - you go down to the Quartermaster sign off for the swords (which includes your liability of having to pay for them should you not return them) and after the event return the sabers. (I don?t have any documentation that this was a practice - but Hungary during WW2 had few resources so corners were cut ant every angle - so in my humble opinion this is plausible) My point with all of this is that the daggers are extremely rare, yet desirable to many. There were two forms of dress daggers. The officers dagger was finished in brass with a chromed blade while the NCOs dagger (which are infinitely more rare than the officers) had a chrome plated body with a brass finished eagle to create a stark contrast. Here is my rather worn, but still a good example as one would hope to find officers dress dagger.
  13. This is one of my all-time favorites and from the first time I saw a photo of one I knew that I had to have it. Managed to get three of these back in the 1990s but since then have not been able to find any more, Bryan
  14. This one really interesting (and very rare ). East Hebei Commemorative Medal. The only info that we have is this short note from Peterson.
  15. Interesting badges that certainly deserve a special thread Axis badges
  16. These two badges came together, and I suppose the are both Hungarian. But I was successful to identify only the first one - Hungarian Military Sport Achievement badge. Bronze grade, I guess.
  17. I've seen these Gorgets turn up from time to time over the years, both with Tabori Biztonsag and Csendor on the scroll. I've also seen in more recent times, claims that they are being reproduced, but never any evidence of this or information as to how the supposed copies differ from originals. Anyone have any info on these ?
  18. Perhaps slightly out of place here... but still... have seen several rare awards from Manchukuo at auctions recently and I've been flabbergasted by their beauty. Old items... but with designs that appear almost like modern art (with the corresponding price tag!). Anybody know a good online reference site?
  19. Hallo Gentlemen just spotted this on German ebay, what do you do when you have a common Rumanian medal issued in the thousands, slap a pair of German crossed swords on the ribbon, claim it was issued to Romanian "Legion" ex IRON GUARD* officers attached to the Germans Army, then sit back and watch the ignorant fools throw their money at you auction for the honour to claim this "Rare" prize. * I believe IRON GUARD members, ex or otherwise spent a lot of time keeping a low profile. He also stupidly states the name "P.GRANT" under the head of female Romania was a Romanian Minister!!! and we all know he was the designer of the medal. Medals found without the name were made in Germany. http://cgi.ebay.de/Orden-Kampf-gegen-den-K...1QQcmdZViewItem Point 1, the medal was never issued with swords, or any mention of swords on the Brevet or Urkunde. It would be like a German soldier adding swords to the "Frozen Flesh Medal". Now there is an original idea Point 2, No picture has ever emerged (to my knowledge) showing them worn in this fashion on either Romanian or German soldiers and until one comes to light this stays in the FANTASIA FILE. The only attachment to the ribbon were a number of Battle Bars. Kevin in Deva
  20. Hi friends! I need your opinions. Original ? Regards, Alex
  21. My first Slovakian WW2 ribbon bar. Yes, it is a tab back - but it looks good, consistent wear and so on. Not sure if I got the ribbons right: Silver Bravery Medal, Bronze Bravery Medal, EK2 and with a "Za Zasluhy" ("For Bravery"?) device - not sure what this indicates. But I guess an NCO. Anyone got examples to compare? With German awards too?
  22. Benito Mussolini's personal membership ID book in the Italian war veterans ANMIG - Associazione Nazionale fra Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra This is part of a group of Mussolini's personal items removed from his desk in his office at Lake Garda as souvenirs by a 10th Mountain NCO in 1945...Other objects include a presentation bronze eagle, letters from his files and more...I would consider this book to be significant historically. Ed
  23. In commemoration of Summer Look what I found while going through some of my miscellaneous drawers
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