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  1. Hi all, This Japanese medal group arrived in the post today. I have a standard knowledge of Japanese military history from 1868-1945, however I plan to do some more reading (particularly the Russo-Japanese, 1914-1918, the Second Sini-Japanese & 1939-1945 Wars. Thus, I bought a medal group that spans the whole period! I traditionally collect German medals from 1848-1945, & British medals from 1899-1945, and so, I’m a tad out of my depths here. I understand the group consists of: 1. Order of the Sacred Treasure (8 class) 2. Order of the Rising Sun (8 class) 3. 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War Medal 4. 1915 Taisho Enthronement Medal 5. 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War Medal 6. 1914-1918 War Medal 7. 1920 Japanese Census Medal 8. 1937-1945 China Incident Medal 9. ??? ??? ??? 10. 1937-1945 Red Cross Society Member Medal If anyone can confirm this I’d be very thankful. Also, if anyone can tell me what the penultimate medal is I’d be fascinated! I’ve searched high & low, & I can only assume it’s some kind of baseball medal? Take care
  2. Hi all, I just posted this along with several photos of the Adelaide (Australia) military vehicle museum in the museums section, but thought this was interesting enough to post here as well. I have never seen another example, it looks like it was used by an Aussie for his own tool box after he 'captured' the box. I don't know what is inside the box, as I respected the museums wishes and didn't fiddle with it. Cheers Bob
  3. 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.
  4. Sometimes japanese orders can be found in these beautiful and unusual “boxes with tassels”. These are Tamatebako Miyake – Boxes for Court Nobles. They are also known (in the West) as “boxes for foreigners” or “diplomatic boxes”. “Boxes for foreigners” is an inaccurate name for these beauties and “diplomatic boxes” is simply a wrong one. Why? These are not “boxes for foreigners” because members of Imperial House also got their orders in these boxes (as well as “foreigners”). They are not “diplomatic boxes” since all foreigners got their orders in such boxes (diplomats, military men, ministers, professors, etc.)
  5. Hello, I buy and sell militaria. Right now I have the opportunity to buy what I think is a WW2-era Japanese Imperial Merit Order. Can you please take a look at the photos below and help me identify it? As well let me know if it is rare or common? I greatly appreciate any assistance. Thanks. Linas
  6. Hello. Can you help me identify this Japanese Merit Order? I would like to know: 1. What is the name of this order? 2. Is it military or civil? 3. Is it current issue? 4. What do the words say? 5. Anything about its rarity and value. Thank you. Linas
  7. Was reading about a Scottish aviator who was suspected about being a japanese spy during the war. The article talked about him being awarded the 3rd Order of the Rising Sun; 2nd Order of the Sacred Treasure and a Special Medal of the Imperial Aero Society of Japan in the inter-war years. Any info on the Aero Scociety medals out there? Article: Churchill protected Scottish peer suspected of spying for Japan. Second World War: Government papers show prominent aristocrat was believed to be leaking naval secrets to Tokyo. What follows is a minor abbreviation of the paper’s article. A senior Scottish Lord was suspected of being part of a Japanese spy ring in London during WW2, according to recently released documents at the Public Record Office at Kew,U.K. Lord Sempill, a naval commander at the Admiralty, was accused of passing sensitive information to the Japanese Embassy in the lead-up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The documents show that British security services suspected at least five British citizens in London of providing information to the Japanese. "What this shows for the first time is the existence of a highly organized Japanese spy operation in Britain," says Dr Richard Aldrich, a historian from Nottingham University. At one point the Attorney-General secretly considered prosecuting Lord Sempill. However, when the Admiralty confronted Sempill and wanted him to resign, Winston Churchill interceded and only required Sempill to be "moved". Educated at Eton, William Forbes-Sempill was apprenticed to Rolls-Royce in 1910. He became a distinguished aviator, joining the Royal Flying Corps at the beginning of the First World War. He later transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service where he rose to the rank of Commander, and he was awarded the Air Force Cross. Although he retired from the services in 1919, his engineering knowledge led to a life-long involvement with aviation. His first contact with the Japanese came in 1921 when he headed an official British mission to organize the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service. During his visit Sempill became a confirmed Japanophile, striking up close and long-standing relationships with the Japanese military. The Japanese were very impressed and awarded him the 3rd Order of the Rising Sun; 2nd Order of the Sacred Treasure and a Special Medal of the Imperial Aero Society of Japan in the inter-war years. A photo of Captain Sempill and Admiral Togo Heihachiro in 1921 speaks to an early association with a member of the Japanese Armed Forces (Figure 5). Commander Forbes-Sempill succeeded his father in 1934 and became the 19th Baron Sempill, inheriting Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire. When the Second World War broke out, he rejoined the Royal Naval Air Service. He was assigned to the Admiralty and worked in the Department of Air Material. There he had access to sensitive information about the latest aircraft. Suspicions about Sempill were aroused in June 1940 when MI5 intercepted messages from Mitsubishi to London and the Yamagata Naval Air Force headquarters in Japan. These referred to payments being made to Sempill. When Sempill was suspected "of disclosure of secret information about Fleet Air Arm aircraft,"the matter was discreetly referred to the Attorney-General and Director of Public Prosecutions. "The Attorney General advised against prosecution, but Sempill was strictly cautioned," said the file. Lord Sempill denied the allegations and said he had not received payments from an "improper quarters." He told the Admiralty Board that the money had stopped on the outbreak of war. MI5 tapped Sempill's phones and found Sempill had kept up his contacts with the Japanese. A year later he again came to the attention of the security services and was suspected of passing information about the Battle of the Atlantic - the continuing efforts to get merchant convoys to and from the US. At the time Britain was not at war with Japan, but it was considered only a matter of time before war was declared.
  8. I have at long last worked up the courage to remove the handle from this sword. As well as the fixing peg the handle was held in place by a brittle resin type of material which I removed with petrol. Below I found what i assume to be Japanese writing on both sides and on the back edge. Can anyone help with translations. GORDON
  9. I am a Japanese medals and award documents' collector. I have been becoming this aspect's collector about 3 years, I am interesting the Japanese medal design and the background of medal. There are wide range of stories and events just behind every medal and letter which should not be forgot. I am a pacifist, but I love history and collection. Thus, I will gradually show and research my collection's stories and background. Therefore, I would like to show the "Chinese incident medal" to be first. This solider's name is Jhong yuanwu(中原 悟) who is able-bodied. I have find 12 " Medal of Chinese incident" award-time. I still confuse about why the award-time was efficient... Just like this certificate which award-time was 03/05/ Showa Fourteen. It is diffident with the majority time 29/04/ Showa Fifteen. If we compare with the two letters. The award-time was difference and the rank also difference. This solider was a Combat medic, the rank was senior captain.
  10. Here's a small tray of Japanese items. Not much but a historically interesting spread. Hope you enjoy them.
  11. Let’s see how many of them are out there All after-war replicas can be divided into two classes General replicas Personalized replicas General replicas were made by different manufacturers for “public at large”. Personalized replicas were created for certain groups of veterans.
  12. New miniatures http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/57238-modern-rising-sun-mini/ http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/55241-modern-sacred-teasure-mini/ http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/57232-modern-sacred-crown-mini/ vs. Old ones Exellent miniature bar!
  13. "was going through my miscellaneous Japanese collection and ran across this beautiful ..." (copyright©Richard LaTondre) ... original Great East Asia War Medal. Hopefully Brian gonna like this one
  14. Just got a cool photo from a generous collector in China. It shows the award document for the Manchukuo Census medal, a document I don't think I have ever seen before. I just have the one photo, but I think you can see it clearly.
  15. Hi all, I have a question which may seem stupid to some, but whilst I'm reasonably familiar with European awards, Oriental ones are fairly new to me but look very interesting. I understand that the rising sun came in 8 classes (Up to 2003) and understand that, however, unless it's me, I can't discern any differences between the 4th and 5th classes,, the third is obvious as it's a neck decoration, and and larger the 6th as it's silver in colour, but the 4th and fifth? any help appreciated Thanks Alex K
  16. Hello to all, Need help to translate a inscription find in a box with a badge of special member (health association from Akita prefecture Branche). Nothing special with the badge and the box... only this strange inscription !!! Any help greatly appreciated Regard Patout
  17. I am going to start a thread on the pilot badges of the Imperial Japanese Army. These are typically humble embroidered badges when compared to the more elaborate metal school army flight school graduation badges and naval proficiency badges. They are also typically undervalued when compared to other WWII wings of major air powers. What I find interesting is the diversity of the wings and the lack of regulations and specificity of design in English. Perhaps more advanced collectors understand the detail of each type and are willing to share their knowledge. If you are interested in more information about metal Japanese Army pilot school graduation badges, see this thread here: http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/53959-army-pilot-badge-evolution/
  18. I have seen several different mountings for the ring attached to the Golden Kite 4th Class to the larger ring that attaches to the ribbon. See attached images, What is the difference in the two mounting rings? and what is the difference in the ribbons??? Is one late and the other a reproduction?? Dwight Brown kaydees@embarqmail.com
  19. Help with translation / identification on these? Anyone? I lost the folder containing the data on these. . . Now they are mystery.
  20. I’ve always been fascinated with these quite rare and interesting awards. Time to make a separate thread completely devoted to these little treasures The following two pieces could be the most beautiful 1895 war commemorative awards I ever saw.
  21. What are some of the best websites for reading and identification of items from the WW2 Imperial Japanese Army? Thanks
  22. Hello all, got my fist Golden Kite. I traded it for an modern Legion of Merit - After a look i would say its a Showa Period one (?) - what do you think? The details a realy fantastic - never tought i got a Golden Kite. Stefan
  23. Yesterday i also got this nice Sacred Treasure - i cleaned the medal (without destroying the Patina) - it looked like someone puked on it The ribbon were cleand and looked fadet. It has 4 rivets. And as its the first one i ever has in my hands - it looks very nice (after cleaning) How can you tell from which period this came from? Stefan
  24. hi just thought to add this very common red cross medal but with its original receipt for a 25 yen donation made by a gentleman to the Hiroshima branch in april 1945 very thin paper I would imagine not many receipts are still around it has a perforated edge were it was removed from the receipt book , only a few months before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima the receipt was folded neatly in the box always nice to get a date
  25. This will be first thread in a long planned series of threads devoted to army and navy proficiency badges. It’s time to have serious conversation about this Swordsmanship Badge (a.k.a. Bayonet Skills Badge) Ooooooooooh!
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