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  1. Hey everyone, I'm looking for some photos of the South African Irish Regiment during the second world war, because quite frankly, I find them to be quite scarce on the internet. If anybody has any, don't hesitate to share them!
  2. Hello everyone, since two SAP battalions served in world war two, I was questioning if they had some sort of pith flash of their own, and if they wore the SAP badges onfront of their pith. If anybody has any information regarding this, please share it.
  3. Salutations everyone, I found this picture of a Natal Scottish badge today, and it just so happened to have a tartan backing. Unfortunately, I myself wasn't able to identify what tartan it is. If anybody knows what tartan this is, please let me know.
  4. Hello everyone, Recently, I downloaded a PDF file of the South African Artillery history. In it, I read something along the lines that other ranks used a universal artillery cap badge, and that officers used a bronze metal version of their regimental badge. I also read that the artillery used a universal pith helmet flash during the second world war. Just for confirmation, is this true?
  5. 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
  6. Greetings everyone, I was wondering on which uniform(s) the South African cloth/metal shoulder titles would be worn. If anybody here knows, do let me know.
  7. 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..
  8. 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
  9. An interesting group of medals awarded to Detective Superintendent Thomas James (Tom) Wilkin. Kings Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, General Service Medal clasp Palestine,(1936-1939), Defence Medal and War medal. Born 1909 in Aldeborough, Suffolk, he joined the Palestine Police on 10th April, 1931 as Constable 956 and gained promotion on merit. A well respected officer, decorated for his arrest of Irgun and Stern Gang members. On the Morning of 29th September, 1944, he was waylaid in St Pauls Road, Jerusalem and shot 11 times and died instantly, his pistol half drawn. He was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery. The two guns used in the assassination had killed seven times before, including Detective Constable Guttewitz (Jewish Officer) on 10th May 1944. The pistols were later used in the assassination of Lord Moyne, H.M. Minister of State ( Heir to the Guinness Empire) in Cairo, Egypt on 6th November 1944. Both Assassins were arrested by an Egyptian Constable after a Bicycle chase. Both men were hanged. After repeated failed requests by Israel the bodies of the two men were finally exchanged for Arab Prisoners just a few years ago and re-buried with full honours in Israel.
  10. Hi all, does anyone have any info on this order and its attached medals? Pics would be nice also.
  11. 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 ?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. "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
  18. Hello friends Who knows if this medal is an original or a copy? How much would you price it? Thanks
  19. 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'.
  20. Hello to all , dear colleagues collectors Here is one of my last acquisitions, a rather rare french medal of the battle of Shanghai and a lot of photos witch belonged to a naval officer. I don't know how to read chinese but i think that three inscriptions have to give the names of districts occupied by the french concession and bombarder in 1937 by mistake by the chinese troops. This medal (in silvery bronze 5.5x8cm other face smooth) commemorates the numerous deaths and injuries made by this bombardement. On photos we can see the famous tank Renault FT send to protect the french concession and got back afterward by japanese. Not japanese medal...but all the same...interesting. Regards Patout
  21. 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.
  22. 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/
  23. 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
  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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