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    Dear Colleagues, I would be happy to buy the Polish Cross of Valour (Krzyz Walecznych) from 1920 or the document to this cross (legitymacja). Please send me your offers by PM. Kind regards, Marcin


  2. I have no idea on the originality of this one... Only around 50-60,000 awarded; so, I'd probably error on the side of copy (fake), considering the subject matter and simple design.
  3. Gentlemen, In a thread on the HUPR sub forum I listed three medals medals awarded to a Hungarian General that had recently been bought, through the GMIC, by Christophe. He suggested I post the medals and add some details about each one. One of the awards was a Polish Grudwald non portable medal document. At the end of that thread, seb16trs suggested we start another thread strictly about Grundwald awards. Well since I bought a new one last week lets list the ones I know about, with what little information I have on them, and perhaps we can fill in some more info on this particular award. The award document to the Hungarian General first.
  4. Anyone who collects Polish medals will undoubtedly be aware that they are heavily faked (some claim that 90% of what you see on the market is fake...) So, up front, I'm saying that I have no idea if this is genuine or not. I received this as a "gift" from a collector in Slovenia in 2004. At the time, I knew nothing of Polish medals; so, I accepted it without asking any questions. My feeling, however, is that it's a probably copy ... or fake if you prefer. Less than 8,000 of these were awarded in all three classes, with most of those being 3. Class (5,000-7,000 depending upon your source). There has already been a lengthy discussion about Grunwald Crosses on GMIC.
  5. Hello, following to the discussion about the Polish war order awarded to Rumanian soldiers, I would like to add a further cross, present in my collection. This one, belonged to a French officer: Pierre Desire Robert Didio. A detailed biography of him, can be found here: https://wikimaginot.eu/V70_glossaire_detail.php?id=1000561 where we see that he participated to the battle of Verdun as a captain and distinguished himself in that fierce battle. From the summer of 1919, until 1927 he saw service in Poland, with the French Military Mission. On June 22nd, 1922, he received the V Class of the Virtuti Militari. In December 1937, he was promoted Brigadier General, Commander of the Bordeaux base; later of an Alpine Infantry brigade. In 1940, he distinguished himself in the unfortunate war against Germany, was taken prisoner and repatriated in France in 1942(!)... An interesting career indeed. The cross is made of silver, with separately-made obverse and reverse centre medallions, these, made of gold. The number is engraved and the ribbon is of the frail, "swiss" type. Best wishes, Enzo
  6. Hello. Would like to verify the authenticity of a Polish Monte Cassino Cross. It is numbered 31593. Any way of finding out who this was awarded to? On the ribbon is a metal 'Monte Cassino' attachment. Is this original to the ribbon or added later? Thank you. Linas
  7. Hello. Here is a Polish badge I have no idea. Any thoughts? Thanks. Linas
  8. Hello. I am a seller of militaria. I specialize in French items, but am interested in militaria from all over the world. I have an opportunity to buy a helmet on a local auction in Poland. The seller says it is an original Polish Armed Forces Helmet in the West United Kingdom MKII 1942 issue. If you know about this type of items, can you please take a look at the photos I provide? Again, I am asking because I resell. The seller of this helmet is asking a significant sum and I do not want to pay if it is not original. Thank you. Linas
  9. Help with information please !!!🍷 I’m try to find information about Căpitan Vasile Ionescu , receive ordinul „Mihai Viteazul” în Primul Război Mondial In 1922 y. Major, receive polish order Virtuti Militari with number 9715
  10. Hello. Have a Polish badge I cannot identify. It states 1918-1928. Assume it is 10th Anniversary of Independence. Do you know any information? Thanks. Linas
  11. Hello, a branch of my collection is devoted to the Polish Military Order "Virtuti Militari". Among the pieces I've been lucky enough to find, one is -in my opinion- very interesting: the "Gold Cross" or IV Class awarded to Lt. Casimiro Buttini. (Born in Saluzzo, Piedmont, on Oct. 29th 1887, died in Saluzzo, on Febr. 23rd, 1959). He reached the rank of Colonel in the newborn "Regia Aeronautica" (Royal Military Air Force). He was a bomber pilot, flying on the famous "Caproni" machines, one of the best "heavy bomber" airplanes of its time. This officer, during WW1 was decorated with a Silver and a Gold Medal for Military Valour. The latter, for an action on Tarnova, in 1917 where, while bombing the Austrian lines, his airplane was target of intense fire from the enemy and a shell lirerally beheaded his 2nd pilot. Buttini, although wounded to the head and an arm, calmly kept the airplane in flight, continuing the bombing. The plane was severely damaged by the enemy fire, but the pilot kept the machine in flight, and the crew in order. When the plane, due to the damages started to fall, he succeeded to avoid crashing on the enemy position, until a safe landing behind the Italian lines. After the war, some Italians received a proper class of the "Virtuti Militari", from the new Polish Republic. A necessary condition to receive the Polish Order, was to be already decorated with the Gold Medal for Military Valour or at least 4 Silver Medals for Military Valour. I have a list, compiled by the Office of the Chief of the General Staff at the Ministry of War, addressed to Colonel Ivaldi, Italy's military attaché to the Royal Italian Legation in Warsaw with the names of the men, worth of the award of the Virtuti Militari. In this list, Casimiro Buttini results as having been proposed for the V Class (the Silver Cross), but the Polish Authorities, actually awarded the higher IV Class, as recorded in the official list of the Order. The cross was found at antique fair in Parma, back in 1993. The whereabouts of Buttini's other medals and decorations are to me unknown. Following, the pictures of the obverse and reverse of the cross, struck with the number "528" and of the letter with attached list from Italy's General Staff Office. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  12. Hello all, I bought this group from a Polish dealer about a year ago. I'd like to know whether you think it's a genuine group or a put together? The group consists of: Top row: Order of Polonia Restituita Merit Cross 1st Class Cross of Valour Partisan's Cross Merit Cross 2nd Class 30th Anniversary of PRL Liberation of Warsaw Medal Medal for Victory and Freedom Bottom row: Medal for Victory and Freedom Capture of Berlin Fire Fighting Merit Gold Medal for Defence of the Motherland Silver Medal for Defence of the Motherland Bronze Decoration for Merit in Protection of Public Order Silver Decoration for Merit in Protection of Public Order Bronze Medal in Service of the Nation Silver There are a couple of points which don't quite add up. Firstly the medal for victory and freedom appears twice - did this happen? Also the medals for service in defence of the motherland 2nd and 3rd classes appear after the medal for fire fighting merit 1st class. They are worn on the same ribbon, but, again is this combination possible?
  13. Hi, I recently bought this collection of items. I don't usually collect Polish awards, however, I am a sucker for a good documented group. This seemed to be really complete and not a 'put together' set. The group seems to be fully documented, but note the change in name from 1948 to 1965. The original recipient seems to have altered part of his name and then dropped the German part (Gintter) altogether. Is this common? Regarding the medals they are the Order of Polonia Restituita (Member), Gold Cross of Merit, Medal for the War of 1939, Baltic, Oder & Neisse Medal, Freedom Medal and Defence of the Motherland 3rd Class. Top row of badges is a bit trickier, Grunwald Shield, crowned eagle silver badge (a side hat badge or collar badge?) in silver, trade union badge, excellent seller badge, merit medal from the ministry of materials (?) not sure what the BPS one is either. The one below (PZ ERI) should be on a blue enamelled suspender and is a merit medal for the union of pensioners (I think). Finally the medal for the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the republic. Any info on this group would be appreciated!
  14. well, I'm very puzzled to see on polish internet prestigious but non extremly well known polish awards for sale. I focus on communist-era awards. But most military awards were as rares as their western or republican counterparts. given my reflexs about soviet phaleristics, all my warinig lights go red when I see that: 38000 ex.
  15. Hi All! This is the newest addition to my collection, an Order of the Red Banner of Labor and Merit Cross 2nd class to Stanislaw S. Stefana. Sorry the scan of the medals isn't so great, but I didn't have my digital camera around. They look much nicer in person. Any opinions or other information are appreciated! Thanks! Alex
  16. Hello Everyone, I just got back home from attending a local show with my latest treasures. One of the items I purchased is this Polish Red Cross Decoration of Honour, 1st Class. I could not find one on the forum so I am posting mine. The Polish Red Cross Decoration of Honour was instituted 11 January 1929 and modified in 1937, 1945 and again in 1991. They were awarded in gold, silver and bronze (1st, 2nd and 3rd class) for merit in the fields of nursing, caretaking and blood donation. The one posted today is the 1945 to 1991 variation. This is based on the size (45 X 45 mm) and the eagle is not wearing a crown. After 1991 the eagle had a crown. I believe the white ribbon with narrow red stripes to be authentic. The enameled cross caught my eye so I could not leave it at the show, you know the feeling. I hope you enjoy my latest addition. Thanks for looking. Cheers Brian
  17. Hello, This badge is a recent purchase of mine and I'm trying to get further background information. Judging from the lettering and colors it should be the third type of the badge issued. I'd say it dates from the 70's or 80's can anyone confirm this? I haven't been able to find anything in my resources that states when the third type was issued. I was also wondering if this was a badge that was awarded to members of the division in later years or was it only for the members who actually fought in Lenino and Berlin. Any input would be welcome.
  18. I've got this medal which was awarded in 1975 to the general of ex-Yugosavia Army. The medal is complete with the box and the booklet, like this one (my sample actually has an additional blue ribbon and additional pin): http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Poland-Order-Merit-document-and-original-case-/230904674744?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35c2fdb9b8 How rare is this medal (how many are awarded) and what is some fair market value?
  19. Good morning gents, I just saw this on a New Zealand site, I've never heard anything about them. Wiki has an entry on it, but no references. It is listed by a seller who peddles some really shonky items, but I did find an entry on AHF about it from 2010, but that's it. Are these for real? Thanks!
  20. Survivors of Soviet prison camps, and their families, have been presented with Siberian Crosses more than 70 years later. The Polish government medal honours more than one million Polish civilians sent to Russia by Stalin after 1939. Read the complete article: http://www.bbc.co.uk...-leeds-16907054 Jean-Paul
  21. Hi my new collect,Polnd order,It is very new. and with case.
  22. Hello Evreryone, This post will really show my ignorance regarding Poland and the former USSR but here goes. This is one of two medals I just got in from a trade I made last week. I believe this to be the Cross of Merit 1st Class. There are others on this forum so I am fairly confident that the dealer has given me the correct identification. The ribbon shows some soiling but the medal is pristine with the enamel work in perfect condition. My question is based on the condition of this medal. Is this an original or from old never issued stock or a fake. The value was $35.00 Canadian so it was not a lot especially considering it was in trade. I would like to add the silver and bronze (2nd and 3rd Class) in time if this one is the real deal. I know nothing about the medals of Poland or even whether I should have posted this in another area. Actually I like getting into unknown areas of collecting as it reminds me of me original excitment many years ago when I bought my fist military medal (WW I British War Medal) in the mid 1960s. Man, that makes me feel old! Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Cheers Brian
  23. Hello! Does anyone know anything about these Eagles? Bought a lot and they came with! Thanks!
  24. Here is the uniform of Polish General Kazimierz Sosnkowski, worn by him in 1943-1944, when he was C-in-C of the Armed Forces in the West, and is now kept at the Army Museum, Warsaw. Can someone recognize the ribbons in the fourth row, particularly the last one? Thanks
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