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  1. I have a friend in Germany who has consented to me posting scans of all of his Cuban Awards. Credit, where credit is due. Enjoy! Please see the new individual threads for each piece and add your examples!
  2. Hi all, this is my armband of "Movimiento 26 de Julio". originally and local-made during the Revolution time: please add your M-26 Julio related items. regards, Emanuele
  3. Hi Guys! I have an EXTENSIVE collection of Cuba POLICE (CONCENTRATED on HABANA) (i.e.: ALMOST NO militaria!) items and SOME photographs from my trip there! Also metal insignia, uniform items (NO UNIFORMS!) and embroidered cloth shoulder patches plus "Diplomatic", "Minint" and "Estatal" government license plates! I am a NOVICE at getting photographs onto web-sites and would like some assistance/advice on sharing what I have! I have SOME duplicate items (shields and patches) for TRADE for what I am looking-for (below badge, cast iron door from street police call box and embroidered cloth shoulder patch from ceremonial unit)! (I am in the New York City area.)
  4. Cuba has three militia organizations: The Territorial Militia Troops Milicias de Tropas Territoriales of about one million people (half women), the Youth Labour Army Ej?rcito Juvenil del Trabajo devoted to agricultural production, and a naval militia The Cuban "War of All the People" doctrine is a defensive strategy created to try and counter an overwhelming invasion force. This strategy includes an armed population willing to fight for the defense of the homeland. The Milicias de Tropas Territoriales (MTT) was formed in 1980 to increase the defense capability of the country. Fidel Castro stated that the MTT was necessitated in order to be "ready for combat operations not only using regular troops, but with the participation of the entire people." In general, the militia is a part-time force with only light arms which are issued to them only on occasion. They are not capable of sustained combat, but are effective for controlling and coercing the general public. In addition, some selected units of the militia are specially armed and trained and are, in effect, army units specially dedicated to Fidel Castro. The small badge on the left hand side shoulder patch is the MTT insignia
  5. Hero of Labor notification from the web: Condecoran a nuevos H?roes del Trabajo de Cuba La Habana, 2 may (RHC) Jos? R. Machado Ventura, miembro del Bur? Pol?tico del Partido Comunista de Cuba, condecor? en esta capital a 37 trabajadores, de ellos 15 mujeres, con resultados extraordinarios en la producci?n y los servicios. Machado Ventura entreg? a Eusebio Leal, Historiador de la Ciudad, y a Juan J. Maiquez, mec?nico de la Empresa de Mantenimiento de Construcci?n y Reparaciones, ambos de Ciudad de La Habana, los t?tulos honor?ficos de H?roes del Trabajo de la Rep?blica de Cuba. Tambi?n coloc? medallas que avalan esa condici?n en los pechos de ?lvaro Serrano, operador de alzadora de ca?as de la Empresa Agropecuaria Orlando Gonz?lez, de Ciego de ?vila, y de Jorge Guerra, chofer-distribuidor de la Base de Transporte de Bebidas, de Las Tunas, rese?a la ain. Carlos Lage, Ricardo Alarc?n, Jos? R. Balaguer y Pedro S?ez, integrantes igualmente del Bur? Pol?tico, y otros dirigentes del Secretariado del Comit? Central y de organizaciones pol?ticas y de masas participaron en el reconocimiento oficial a destacados de la clase obrera en su d?a. En una ceremonia en el Sal?n de Protocolo de El Laguito, tras la multitudinaria celebraci?n en toda la naci?n del Primero de Mayo, D?a Internacional de los Trabajadores, cinco obreros sobresalientes recibieron la Orden L?zaro Pe?a de Primer Grado, ocho la de Segundo y nueve la de Tercero. Esa ?ltima fue entregada igualmente a una representaci?n del colectivo de 30 personas del Motel de la Asamblea Provincial del Poder Popular en Sancti Sp?ritus Un operador de equipos industriales, un dependiente, un periodista, un estibador y un cocinero fueron merecedores de la Medalla Jes?s Men?ndez y seis trabajadores m?s la de la Haza?a Laboral. El Sistema de Condecoraciones y T?tulos Honor?ficos de Cuba est? contenido en la Ley 17 que aprob? la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular en su primer per?odo ordinario de sesiones, del 28 al 30 de junio de 1978. Su Reglamento y Estatutos los acord? el Consejo de Estado en diciembre de 1979.
  6. Hello, is it an original: http://www.zeige.com/cgi-bin/cat-art-index.pl?art_no=525&rubrik=4550&lang=d&kat=auktionskatalog ? Thank you!
  7. Titles T?tulo "H?roe del Trabajo de la Rep?blica de Cuba" Type 1 (screw attachment) T?tulo "H?roe del Trabajo de la Rep?blica de Cuba" Type 2 (Pin attachment) Orden Orden "Combatiente de la Guerra de Liberaci?n" Type 1 (Silver) Orden "Combatiente de la Guerra de Liberaci?n" Type 2 (Silver Gilt) Orden "Por el Servicio a la Patria en FAR" (III) Var 1 (Silver Star) Orden "Por el Servicio a la Patria en FAR" (III) Var 2 (Bronze Rays) Orden "Ana Betancourt" Type 1 Orden "Ana Betancourt" Type 2 Medals Medalla "Combatiente de la Guerra de Liberaci?n" Type 1 (Matt finish) Medalla "Combatiente de la Guerra de Liberaci?n" Type 2 (Staybrite finish) Medalla Conmemorativa "Victoria de Playa Gir?n" Type 1 (Early) Medalla Conmemorativa "Victoria de Playa Gir?n" Type 2 (Later) Distinctions Distinci?n "Rafael Mar?a de Mendive" Type 1 (SNTE reverse) Distinci?n "Rafael Mar?a de Mendive" Type 2 (SNTEC reverse) Distinci?n "Rafael Mar?a de Mendive" Type 3 (SNTECD reverse) "Ricks" please add and edit as required.
  8. Distinci?n "Aracelio Iglesias" 25 Years of service in the Merchant Marine
  9. "Decreto-Ley #30, de las Condecoraciones, Titulos Honorificos y Distinciones" (Gaceta Oficial de la Republica de Cuba of December 10, 1979) If ANY member has access to a copy of this document, please contact me via PM. Thanks!!
  10. Hi, One nice (my second at all) Cuban pre Castro period ribbon bar arrived today! Great looking bar, very nice devices and amazing work. Any help to analize it, would be great! All the best, Timo
  11. I'm trying to confirm the origin of these buckles, which were recovered from an insurgent weapon cache in Angola in 1987.
  12. Here my new uniform of the "Brigada Especial Nacional" of the Ministry of the Interior.
  13. Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR) Academia de las FAR "General M?ximo G?mez" (General M?ximo G?mez Higher Academy of the Armed Forces) Founded on the 3rd July 1963 Director: General de Brigada Urbelino Betancourt Cruces. Colegio de Defensa Nacional (National Defense College) (with seat in the Academy of the General Officers' Club of Revolutionary Armed Forces Maximum Gomez, in the east of Havana) Director: General Reinaldo G?mez Cuevas. Academia Naval Granma (Granma Naval Academy) Incorporated 1977-1978 Escuela Interarmas de las FAR "General Antonio Maceo" (General Antonio Maceo Military Academy) Founded in February 1963 Instituto T?cnico Militar "Jos? Mart?" (Jos? Mart? Technical Military Institute) Existing until the course of 1975-1976 Escuela de Artilleria de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias "Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos" (Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos Armed Forces' Artillery School) Incorperated 1977-1978 Instituto Superior de Medicina Militar "Dr. Luis D?az Soto" (Dr. Luis D?az Soto Higher Institute of Military Medicine) Founded October 1980 Escuela Interarmas de las FAR "General Jos? Maceo" (General Jos? Maceo Military School) Founded on the 15th September1980 Escuela Militar Superior "Cdte. Arides Est?vez S?nchez" (Aristides Est?vez S?nchez Police Academy) Incorperated 1984-1985 Escuela Nacional de Tropas Especiales Baragu? (National School of Baragu? Special Troops) Incorperated in the 1980's Ministry of Interior (MININT) Instituto Superior del MININT "Hermanos Mart?nez Tamayo" (Hermanos Mart?nez Tamayo Higher Institute: Ministry of the Interior) Incorperated 1978-1979 Deactivated Escuela de Comunicaciones y Tropas Quimicas "General Carlos Roloff" ("General Carlos Roloff" School of Communications and Chemical Troops) (1982-1993) Escuela Militar de Pilotos de Aviacion "Ernesto Che Guevara" ("Ernesto Che Guevara" Air Force Pilots School) (1985-1993)
  14. This is my FAR uniform with 2nd year Academy ranks:
  15. Hello Gentlemen, here is my new uniform of the "Brigada de la Frontera" (without patch yet). The actual "Cuban grey lizard" has a lighter grey, dark green and a dark brown than older models like in the 70's and 80's. The letters and numbers have the following meaning: B-1 = batallón #1 (battalion) C-1 = compañía #1 (company) P-2 = pelotón #2 (platoon) 74 = número del soldado
  16. 1966 Document for a Havana neighborhood group of the Defense of the Revolution Committee, folded
  17. Dear friends, do you know what is the badge over the left pocket of Ramiro Valdes uniform?
  18. I found a reference to a Dutch Consul in Cuba who earnt the "Knight in the Merit Order Carlos Manuel de Cespedes from Cuba in 1939. Does anyone know what kind of decoration this is?
  19. these just... dropped in... today What I wonder is: are these ACTUALLY in the Soviet flying badges classification structure-- lowest = Unrated, THEN 3rd Class, THEN 2nd Class, and then 1st Class orrrrrrrrrr are these for first, second, third REPEATS of qualification? So far, we have not seen any with dangly Soviet-style pendants for actual number of JUMPS. Without such pendants, I can only suppose that these Cuban badges are NOT for number of jumps... or there would be many many more numbers than we see.
  20. Orden "Camilo Cienfuegos" Order of Camilo Cienfuegos. Another high order, 7th in precedence in Cuban ODM hierarchy. Camilo Cienfuegos was one of the four most popular leaders of the Cuban Revolution. A Marxist, not a Communist, more closely aligned with Che. Statutes of the order, courtesy of Lukasz: Article 1. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is awarded to the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the active military service, in the reserve and retired, as well as to the military of friendly countries, for extraordinary merit in developing and accomplishing combat actions, in defense of the achievements and sovereignty of our socialist country. Article 2. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is made of gilt metal. Article 3. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is conferred in recognition of the following types of merit: a) shooting down a bomber or a fighter-bomber by the means of the Air Force; b) shooting down two armored helicopters or three transport helicopters by the means of the Air Force; c) shooting down three or more bombers or fighter-bombers by the means of anti-aircraft missiles or contributing to their destruction in the complex conditions of the situation in the air; ch) shooting down two or more aircraft or helicopters by the means of the anti-aircraft artillery; d) destroying three or more enemy tanks or armored carriers; e) sinking three or more enemy barges or transportation or personal amphibious vehicles; f) neutralizing an enemy artillery group; g) destroying two or more tanks or pieces of artillery with the support of tanks or armored vehicles; h) sinking a transportation barge for troops, combat equipment or artillery support by the means of small firearms; i) capturing and fetching to our lines important enemy arms or equipment; j) destroying a submarine or a supporting barge; k) removing, under the enemy fire, damaged vital parts of equipment or arms; l) successfully assisting, under the enemy fire, in a combat action of the unit or subunit; ll) assisting at the risk of one's life the commander of the unit during the combat, accomplishing combat objective with him; m) annihilating superior enemy forces while commanding the unit or subunit with its forces and means; n) destroying at the direct risk of life the enemy equipment or arms thus securing the success of our troops; ?) saving the life of comrades at the direct risk of one's life; o) achieving combat success resulting from participation in the planning of combat actions and distinguished commanding the troops; p) demonstrating other deeds or acts of personal valor and bravery. The following articles describe the physical appearance of the order and ribbon bar, the obligations of the recipients and the deeds for which the order can be revoked. Article 9 states that the order may be conferred posthumously; article 10 details to whom the insignia will be handed in such a case. Example of the medal ribbon:
  21. this is original cuban military medals documents for more info please send reply thanks
  22. Lieutenant General boards for service tunic and something like a shirt, raincoat, or field uniform. Note that with the oaks and laurels, there is a front (laurels) to these Soviet style rank insignia: Left shoulder on the 4 sided board, right for the field type.
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