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  1. Dear Membes, I recently obtained this old Model of the Sweden Order of the Sword. My research indicates that the Model could be around 1800 Period Can you help me to identify the exact period and how rare is this Model Regards Graf
  2. Here is the latest addition to my Swedish collection. An unusually big medal bar to an officer at Royal Svea Life Guards, lieutenant colonel C.H. Livijn. He had his military career from his commission in 1943 to early 70-ties. Most of his (remaining) awards are from 60-70-ties. Unfortunately the bar is missing three awards. They were probably sold for a better profit as singles. But the ?important? awards, those with his name engraved, are all present. Sometime later on I will hunt down the missing ones and restore the bar. Here's a pic of the bar. Notice the modifications on it: Third medal squeezed in afterwards. Last medals are also added later (in the wrong order). Both UN medals are in fact UNEF1 medals... I guess you do the best with what you have. Enjoy!
  3. One of my guys seems to have been awarded the Swedish order of the Sword... Does anyone know how this could happen? Could neutral countries give out medals to armies fighting a war? Thanks Chris
  4. The habit of using company insignia in the Swedish Army dates back to the 1830's, then used as a cap badge, but later also as flags (not to be confused with the company colours of the 17th-18th centuries). In the early 1980's unit patches were allowed on field uniform, some units chose not only a regimental patch, but also company patches, the Älvsborg Regiment (15th Infantry Regiment) kept to the tradition of the company insignia of old. There were two different designs; The first, more colourful and adhering to the colours of the old company insignia, was worn from 1982 as a cheap plastic variant, and as an embroidered cloth patch (at first only for officers, it was later issued to the conscript soldiers too) from 1984, and the second, the more heraldic-influenced design, from early 1995 until the regiment disbanded in 1998. Regimental HQ insignia /Jonas
  5. With Sweden's long absence from war, I'm glad I can show you guys these two commentorative pieces from the campaign i Germany 1813. The "coin" represents the Swedish Crownprince Bernadotte, who in 1818 became King Karl XIV Johan.
  6. Greetings, I've recently discovered that one of my ancestors was awarded with the Swedish Royal Order of Vasa. This happened in the late XIX century, somewhere between 1894 and 1899 to be more precise. At that time he was judicial officer (captain 1st class or major) in the Army of Kingdom of Serbia. I know next to nothing about Swedish orders so I'd be very grateful if someone could help me regarding the following questions. Do complete lists of recipients exist and are they available to the public? Is it possible to do any kind of research based on the name of the recipient and other information I posted above? I presume lists of recipients were published in official gazette, do they exist in digital form and can I access them online? One more thing, is it possible to say which grade would he receive and could someone show me an example of a late XIX century Order of Vasa? What should I look for in case I try to find a replacement order? Regards
  7. The Life Regiment Hussars has produced a motley array of combat units during the thirty-odd years that unit patches has been allowed in the Swedish Army. The regiment has always issued the patches through battalion CO's, so it is per definition difficult to virtually impossible to obtain a full set of patches - you basically need to ask a lot of people before finding the one with the patches of a particular combat unit! All pictures of combat unit patches are published with the consent of Livregementets husarer. /Jonas Current patches: Top; Regimental HQ Middle row; 31st Air Assault Battalion with the regimental Ranger tab and 32nd Intelligence Battalion Bottom; the 32nd Int Bn also contains a parachute-trained element
  8. Tracksuit top, dating from 1965. FJS - Fallskärmsjägarskolan, Parachute Ranger School, red colour denotes serving with 1st Platoon "Red Devils". /Jonas Statuette awarded for organising the 20th anniversary for the conscripts serving 1965-66. M/59 uniform, Ak4 assault rifle with collapsible stock (essentially a H&K G3), m/68 single-shot AT weapon and 70-litre bergen.
  9. Dear forumites, Let's the picture do the talking... I was blown away to see such an array of very exotic and rare awards for a "British" style court mounted medal bar... speachless! The name of the officer is known. Ciao, Claudio
  10. I am enquiring about two Swedish soldiers and their military records and decorations. 1. The first is named Carl Gadd (1784-1857) and he is thought to have earned three medals during the Napoleonic Wars, two from the imperial Russian government. The Swedish award is an undefined medal for bravery in the field. From the Russians he is listed as having received the St. George Cross, 5th class; and the Order of St. Anna, 5th class. (more details below). This seems to me rather extraordinary, but perhaps not as I am not an expert in such militaria. I have looked up the basic info on wikipedia, but would appreciate further details. For example, are there indexes or other archival records referencing those awarded such medals, serial numbers, etc. Regarding the Russian medals, I have also posted this request on the imperial Russia forum but have not yet heard anything. I have not done the original research on this, but Carl Gadd is listed in the Swedish Central Soldiers Register in the 54 Kalmar regiment Fagerhults parish and Horna rotation ("Centrala Soldatregistret vid LIV Kalmar regemente för Fagerhults socken och Horna rote"). On the General Muster Rolls for 1806 it seems he was in Pomerania. Of the roll from 1817, Carl had a farewell after 14 years as a soldier. It notes he has been awarded a medal for bravery in the field. ("Av Generalmönsterrullorna för 1806 verkar han var i Pommern. Av rullan från 1817 framgår att Carl fått avsked efter 14 år som soldat. Han har fått medalj för tapperhet i fält.") It seems he was dismissed as a decorated soldier with the Imperial Russian St. George Cross in 5th class and a Bravery Medal. ("avskedande, med Kejserliga Ryska S:t Georgkors i 5te klassen och en Tapperhetsmedalj decorerade Soldaten Carl Peter Gadd.") Other notes on Carl Gadd: He was in the war in Pomerania 1805-1807. Then he participated in the war in Finland 1808-1809 first on Gotland, where the Russians had gone ashore, although no shots were fired. Then he was moved up to Finland to 1809 and saw action in the battle of Västerbotten at Sävar on 19/8 (a Russian victory) and 20/8 at Ratan (a Swedish victory). He participated in this war as one of the Hunters = Scouts. In 1813 he battled in Germany against Napoleon, then came home to Hisingen 1814 where he went directly up to Norway, where the last shot of the war were fired at Rakkestads church at Østfold the 6/8 1814. Fred commanding : Camp in Skåne in 1805. Camps in Västervik 1808. Work on the canal 1815. Pardoned by a Medal for bravery in the field ditto with Russian St. Anna Order's 5th Class. ("Noteringar: Krigskommendering: Kriget i Pommern 1805-1807. Kriget i Finland 1808-1809 först på Gotland där ryssarna hade gått i land inget skott avlossades sedan upp till Finland för att 1809 delta i slagen i Västerbotten vid Sävar den 19/8 rysk seger och den 20/8 vid Ratan svensk seger deltog i detta krig som Jägare = spanare. 1813 i Tyskland mot Napoleon när de kom hem till Hisingen 1814 direkt upp till Norge där sista skottet i krig avlossades vid Rakkestads kyrka vid Östfold fylke den 6/8 1814. Fredskommendering: Läger i Skåne 1805. Läger i Västervik 1808. Arbete på Göta kanal 1815. Benådad med Medaille för tapperhet i fält dito med ryska S:t Anna ordens 5te Class."). I have posted his genealogical information at https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=L6M8-CT4 2. The second is named Johannes Mattison (or Matthisson) Hirsch. I know more about him than the person above, but would like to check to facts and assumptions below and to see if he received any awards. Johannes Mattison (or Matthisson) Hirsch was born February 8, 1793, in Stenberga parish, immediately to the north of Åseda, and died September 17, 1865 in Åseda. He is reported to have been a soldier, dragoon, serving in the Swedish army. My cousin in Sweden did some research. He said the military forces of the time were to a great deal the responsibility of freehold farmers with a certain standing, i.e., the owner of a farm with land of a certain size had to arrange for the equipment and maintenance and for the availability of one soldier plus, in a case like this, horse with trappings. In return the farm had to pay less tax. Very often a son of the owner served as such a soldier, but it was also very common that the owner hired a man for the purpose. The military training and exercises (in peace) took place at certain camps, where the soldiers came together during a month or so each or every second year. The rest of the time they stayed at home and made their living by civil work, very often as a labourer at the farm which they represented. So the report I received said that Johannes Matthison Hirsch represented a farm called Börsås, where he also lived from 1811 to 1824. The name of the father of Johannes Matthisson Hirsch was Matthias Sacrisson. It was therefore natural that his family-name was Mattisson but he had also the second family-name Hirsch. The report gave no explanation on this point. However, in those times it was quite common that soldiers were given special names intended to make it easier to distinguish the men of a company or other military group, as the names used by the ordinary people often were similar to each other. In order to try to find out if Hirsch was such a 'soldier-name' given to Johannes Matthisson, my cousin decided to look into the archives of the Military Record Office in Stockholm, where they keep rolls of the people who served in the Swedish armed forces. He found out that Johannes Mattisson belonged to the Royal Småland Dragoon Regiment and served in 'the first Major's Squadron'. It stated that a man from Börsås named Jonas Karp, who was 52 years of age and had served 19 years, was infirm (sick) and asked for dismissal, which he was given. The next entry was made in 1810. It states that the place (number) of Börsås was vacant. Following entry, which belongs to a roll dated March 17, 1814, covering the years 1812-1814, states that the man from Börsås is 'Johan M. Hirche' 20 and a half years of age and with 3 and a half years of service. Then follows an entry dated November 17, 1816 in which appears the name J. M. Hirche with 23 years of age and 6 years of service. So finally there is an entry from September 24, 1821, with the name Joh. M. Hirsch, 28 years old and with 11 years of service and with the annotation as follows: Asks for and is given resignation on account of 'farm managing', however under the condition that a new man was substituted for him. Apparently this was arranged, as in the following entry made 1824 appears a confirmation of the resignation approved in 1821. He also looked for a statement that our man was given or allowed to use the name Hirche or Hirsch. He found several such annotations regarding other men in the squadron but in this case the search was in vain. According to the information given regarding the length of his service it seems likely that he started in the squadron late in 1810 or early in 1811. The missing statement regarding his name should have appeared in connection with an annotation that he was approved to represent Börsås. The mustering rolls between 1810 and 1812-1814 seemed to be missing. This in turn could be due to that the regiment during the time in question was detached to Germany, more specifically Pommern which then belonged to Sweden but was under negotiations with Danmark and in fact given up to Danmark in 1814. I guess that the rolls which I have been keen to find disappeared during the campaign in Pommern or transport back to Sweden. In any case we know now that Johannes Mattisson as a dragoon got the name Hirche, later Hirsch. His genealogical information has been posted at https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=L6M8-HY5 Any help, corrections, additions, suggestions etc. would be most welcomed. Cordially, Richard Alan Nelson Rnelsonlv@gmail.com
  11. Good day, Some time ago I was going through the picture gallery of the "Alt-Neustädter Ball", or better known as "Officers' Ball", which is hosted by the Austrian Armed Forces since 1926 and is considered one of the biggest military balls in the world today. I would appreciate if you could help me identify the uniforms and decorations of this two pictures (I presume they are swedish, but I could be mistaken): Official Site of the Ball Thank you for all the response in advance, Matej
  12. Hello all, What Swedish medal is this (marksman?) and is it worth anything? Thanking you in advance, Timo aka Noor
  13. Hello fellow collectors, Found this along with some other stuff today. Just wanted to check what you all think? Is this a period item from the Swedish Brigade? Marked Sporrong Stockholm. Rarity, value etc? Best Regards BM
  14. Hello all. I came across something today that I really like but know nothing about it. According to the gentelman I spoke to today, thr badge is from the first world war and it is silver. I know Sweden was neutral in during both wars. Any insight on this will truly be appreciated.
  15. Good morning everybody! The former saxon officer Vieth von Golßenau alias Ludwig Renn names in his book "Adel im Untergang" this swedish officer who was commmanded for duty-service to the saxon Leib-Grenadier-Regiment 100 Dresden in ca. 1912-1913. Can someone give me further details of him? Many thanks. Gruß Stefan P.S. found this in the Sverige statskalender 1915: Carl Gustafsson Uggla, captain in Nr. 1 Royal Swedish Life Guard Infantry. http://runeberg.org/statskal/1915/0206.html
  16. This small simple looking medal is probably on of the hardest Swedish medals to find in connection with Finlands liberty war in 1918. Its the medal to the Swedish volunteers in the Swedish Brigade , they where about 560 who entered war service and I suppose awarded medals was about that number to, This one is lacking the ribbon and hanger but they are so scarce that I bought it anyway A small but historic piece to my collection Christer
  17. This wheat sheaf badge came to me with a group of mostly British WW2 badges. It seems similar to the coat of arms of the Vasa dynasty and is not quite 3 cm tall. Your thoughts are appreciated. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_03_2014/post-8249-0-78139700-1395683009.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_03_2014/post-8249-0-03781500-1395683042.jpg
  18. Does anyone else have a Swedish Korean War medal group in their collection. I have this group to a guy who was security at the Swedish Hospital. He served in several Un Missions as well as Korea. Shaun
  19. I think it may be for Sweden,,,any help is appreciated,,,Robert
  20. No I´m not talking about the brave pilots during the Battle of Britain , but still one Hero of another kind This Plaque was awarded for Merits to the Swedish Red Cross. Its engraved A Bengtsson , a common Swedish name and is quite common , but this is also engraved Tyskland 1945 ( Germany 1945) on top and its most probably awarded for participating in the so called White Buses in 1945 who rescued Concentration Camp Prisoners in the end of the war. There was about 300 people in Germany from Sweden and of them about 20 Medic personal. I don´t know if everyone got a award like this or only the medic staff. About 15 000 was saved from the Camps in Spring 1945 , among them was even some Jews who had survived until then... You can also see a pic of one of the buses , painted white , hence the name . although they where marked with Red Crosses they where attacked and some people get killed during the evacuation. Christer
  21. Hello, I found this case of issue among other things in an auction lot. Can someone tell me, which decoration's house it is? Thank you very much. Mikko
  22. Some time ago I got a really rare bird. A collection that was started in the late 40-ties was up for auction. Tons of stuff you normally never see for sale. In one of the auctions a special medal was listed: "Stockholms-Tidningens medalj för svensk flygargärning" ("Stockholms-Tidningen" medal for Swedish flying deed). This is a rare one, awarded 39 times that I know of. To make it even more rare it was awarded to count Carl Gustaf von Rosen! Today the name von Rosen might not ring many bells. But he was well known in Sweden and made plenty of headlines around the world. Check out the short version on wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustaf_von_Rosen Anyway, I placed a bid and figured it would be third or even forth best. Imagine my surprise when I won... Here are one pic of the medal and another with the award ceremony. The ceremony took place just before he and his Ethiopian pilots flew home with some Swedish planes Ethiopia bought. /Kim
  23. Here is a survivor from the 800 man strong volunteer force who fought in the Finnish Liberty War 1918 Hes name is Paulus Drewes and the photo is from 1921. He was awarded Swedish North Star Order Knight , Swedish Vasa Order Knight , Danish Dannebrog Order Knight , Norway S:t Olav Order Knight , Finnish White Rose Order Knight , Finnish Liberty Cross 3rd class wo Swords. The last medal was only awarded to 29 Swedish if my info is right. Christer
  24. Dear Friends , If someone can can identify this SWEDISH Box , i will be very happy. Thanks In Advance . Avs
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