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  1. Here's another one of the goodies I picked up this past weekend that y'all may be interested in seeing. This is a badge for the Albanian Red Cross (Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar or KKSH) that was made in the USSR by the Pobeda Factory in Moscow, so this dates to sometime in the 1950s. The Pobeda Factory also made the Badge commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Peoples rmy that was awarded in 1958 (unfortunately, I do not have one of those to show). If you thought Albanian medals were hard to research, try badges. There are no references at all for them, so this is definitely "seat of the pants" research.
  2. Hello all: As some of you may know from the WAF, I have a penchant for communist period Albanian decorations (well, I should say, I have a penchant for little explored areas of interest), so I thought for my first post on this forum I would share one of my favorite items, an Albanian six place plastic/metal ribbon bar from the 1950's. The ribbon bars used in Albania in the 1950?s were painted plastic mounted onto a substantial metal frame. Some early newsreels of Enver Hoxha visiting with communist allies such as Stalin and Bulgaria?s Georgi Dimitrov show him in the uniform of a colonel-general wearing a ribbon bar setup like this one. However, I have to say, photos of Albanians wearing communist decorations are few and far between. This ribbon bar belonged to a member of the 8th Offensive Brigade who fought primarily around Visegrad, Yugoslavia, until April 1945. Afterwards, he was sent to a Soviet military academy in Odessa until 1952. He achieved the rank of Major until the abolishment of ranks in 1966/1967. The medals are: 1. Order of Skanderbeg 3rd class 2. Medal "Remembrance 1942-1943" 3. Order of the Red Star 4. Medal for Bravery 5. Medal for the Liberation of the Country (essentially the WW II victory medal) 6. Medal for 10th Anniversary of the Army (which dates this bar to about 1955) I hope you like this ribbon bar. I have been doing some research on Albanian decorations and I hope to share some of it here if it is of any interest. Cheers, Eric
  3. Recently got this ribbon bar from postwar Bulgaria. Classic style, painted/plastic. Not my main area, I tried to ID as many ribbons as possible, but some leave me puzzled. Especially the first award, does anyone have a clue what it is? Also, what rank would this person have had? 1) ?? 2) Order of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (2nd cl?) 3) Order of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (3rd cl?) 4) Order of 9th September 1944 1st cl?? (ribbon slightly off?) 5) Order of 9th September 1944 (2nd cl) 6) Order of National Liberty (2nd cl) (probably) 7) Soviet Medal of Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45 8) ? 9) ? 10) Patriotic War Medal 1944-1945 ?? (ribbon slightly off?) 11) Medal for Participation in the Antifascist Struggle ?? (1948) 12) ? 13) Jubilee Medal "30 Years of Bulgarian People's Army" (1974)? 14) ? 15) Some Jubilee Medal (zB 1974, 1981, 1988, …) 16) Jubilee Medal "25 Years of People's Rule" (1969)? 17) Jubilee Medal "25 Years of Bulgarian People's Army"/Min. of Interior/… (1968) 18) Long Service Medal for Armed Forces / Ministry of Interior / … (20 years) 19) Long Service Medal for Armed Forces / Ministry of Interior / … (15 years) 20) Long Service Medal for Armed Forces / Ministry of Interior / … (10 years) 21) Jubilee Medal "20 Years of Bulgarian People's Army" / Ministry of Interior / … (1964) 22) ?
  4. Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory - Present Day Market Realities My interest in Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory (which extends back some 15 years) has led me to the following general observations ref the collectors market for Full Cavalier sets that has developed in the United States and Europe over this period. I offer the following as my personal observations and welcome your comments/opinions. The Hierarchy of Collectability (defined by dealers' asking prices for a Full Cavalier set ranked from most expensive to least expensive) as of 24 February 2006: 1) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Full Cavalier award booklet that includes photo of recipient, official military commissariat stamp on photo and date when booklet was issued plus all standard entries. 2) Same as 1) above but the photo does not have the official military commissariat stamp and the booklet lacks an entry for date of issue. 3) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Full Cavalier award booklet but award booklet is missing the photo, official military commissariat stamp and date booklet was issued. 4) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Ordenskaya Knizhka with or without photo. 5) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Voenniy Bilet. 6) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with research e.g. Special Awards Card for HSU and Full Cavalier and/or Standard Awards Card and/or copies of Glory Award Citations. 7) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals that stand alone without accompanying documentation of any sort. NOTES: 1) Over the past 15 years I have encountered a few category 1) Full Cavalier sets that also included the associated Ordenskaya Knizhka (OK). These occasions have been far and few between. In those instances where I have seen them, all of the other accompanying awards (e.g. Red Star or Medal for Valor) were never included/available with the set. For this reason, I have not included a separate ranking for category 1) - 3) Full Cavalier sets that might also include the OK since, in my judgment, dealers don't necessarily adjust the price upwards unless the orders/medals identified in the OK are also with the group. 2) The above ranking does not consider Full Cavalier sets that include duplicate Orders of Glory in their make up. While the duplicate(s) may be original in every respect, their presence markedly detracts from the sets' historic/monetary value. BOTTOM LINE: My observation is that dealers' asking prices for a Full Cavalier set generally follow the above guideline. I look forward to your thoughts. Regards, slava1stclass
  5. 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!
  6. Are there any pics available of Albanian military uniforms? I am sure they were simple during the time of Hoxha after they abolished rank insignia. How about uniforms with rank insignia before 1970?
  7. This MASSIVE chunk of silver (the star is about the same size as a Soviet Order of the Red Star) for a graduate of the first (?) Communist Class of the War Academy in 1951 is numbered 44: The badge, washer, and Zukov maker marked screw nut are all elaborately silver hallmarked-- Anybody got other ones? I have not seen any of these for years now. maybe they've all been smelted into bullion bars in the national treasury!
  8. Will be making several posts here... first of all, a group from the National Historical Museum in Tirana. Documented as in attributed by the museum but not actually with documents included. Note: - gold order of the flag - very rare silver medal remembrance - and some other items awarded to Nako Spiru (google to follow) Have to also look into the cloth ribbon bar belonging to the group!
  9. 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
  10. ORDER OF THE POLAR STAR T1: old design pattern - Mondvor mintmark T2V1S1: Uighur inscription - serial number 6 o'clock - upward curved Monetnyi Dvor mintmark (12 o'clock position) T2V1S2: Uighur inscription - serial number under screwpost - downward curved Monetnyi Dvor mintmark (12 o'clock position) T3V1: Cyrillic inscription - concave reverse - serial number 7 o'clock T3V2: Cyrillic inscription - flat (trench) reverse - serial number under screwpost T3V3: Cyrillic inscription - flat slightly pebbled reverse - serial number 6 o'clock T4: 1970's pinback Jan
  11. Hello friends Here a picture of a pilot wing of socialist Romania. 1. In which types does this pilot wing exist? 2. Is this the small size (4cm) or is it 4cm the normal size? Please post other pics. of socialist Romanian pilot wings. Thank you! KDVR!
  12. 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.)
  13. 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
  14. Hi all, First all, let me say that I had to "borrow" a couple of pics from Grenzer.com, an excellent site on the Grenztruppen der DDR, the DDR border and just about anything you'd want to know about same. First off, here's what we're looking at... I believe these are 2nd generation DDR border post signs: Now I post these here because several months ago I was lucky enough to get ahold of an excellent copy of one of these signs:
  15. I had to share this before the item even arrived... one of the "grails" of Hungarian security. It's a Kadar period Excellent State Security Police (Karhatalom) Service Badge along with the miniature in case. Very rare. The Rakosi period version of the badge is more rare, but I'm certainly happy to have found this. The period of this badge would be post 1957 until 1971, when the Karhatalom was disbanded.
  16. 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.
  17. Hi, I spotted lately one medal for long service in security forces. There are many such medals for 10 and 20 years of service in security forces. But this is one medal for 30 year of service made in GOLD. I saw only two times such medal in many years, I believe that it is not very common.
  18. Gentlemen, very interesting and very old Badge given to Yugoslavian Participants of October Revolution 1917. Enjoy.
  19. This fellow has offered me this badge and I am interested, but have no clue on the reality of the piece. Is this a legit Mongolian Badge for anti partisan. The book while very intriguing, doesn't seem to really conform to what I would expect for an award document per se. Any and all opinions are welcome and the guidance greatly appreciated. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMEDW%3AIT&rd=1 Thanks much guys!
  20. HERO OF THE MONGOLIAN PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC T1 only 6 awarded T2 41 awarded 14 posthumous titles awarded, they were NOT accompanied with the Gold Star. Pix from Yuri Yashnev's site
  21. Following the example of the Soviet Award Pages here is a provisionary list of the Order Booklets of the MPR The dates are very approximative Type 1 & 2 : 1940-45 / Uighur writing / text of T2 is slightly different Type 3: 1946-47 / State seal with uighur text / booklet: gold coloured inscription, partly in Uighur, partly in Cyrillic ?Odon medaliin devter? (decoration (note)book) In this type the date of awarding corresponds to the calendar in which 1911, the year of the independence of Outer Mongolia, is considered being year 1. Hence the date 2/5/37, would stand for May 2nd, 1947. Type 4: 1950-54 / State seal with Cyrillic text / booklet: black coloured inscription, partly in Uighur, partly in Cyrillic ?Odon medaliin devter? Type 5: 1954-60 / State seal with Uighur text / booklet: Gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?Bugd nairamdakh Mongol ard uls / Odon medaliin devter? Type 6: ??? / State seal with Cyrillic text / booklet: Gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic Odon medaliin devter? Type 7: 1961-71 / 1970's state seal / booklet: gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?Bugd nairamdakh Mongol ard uls / Odon medaliin devter? Type 8: 1971-76 / 1970's state seal / booklet: gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?Bugd nairamdakh Mongol ard uls / Odon medaliin unemlekh? (decoration licence) Type 9: 1976 / 1970's state seal / booklet: brown rather than red cover / gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?BNMAU / Odon medaliin unemlekh? Type 10: 1982 / 1970's state seal (large sized) / booklet: gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?BNMAU / Odon medaliin unemlekh? Type 11: 1986 / 1970's state seal (small sized) / booklet: gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?BNMAU / Odon medaliin unemlekh? Type 12: 1995 / 1970's state seal (medium sized) / booklet: gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?BNMAU / Odon medaliin unemlekh? Type 13: 1991 / 1970's state seal / booklet: Plastic bound, grey interior, gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?BNMAU / Odon medaliin unemlekh? Type 14: 1997 / Soyombo / booklet: Plastic bound; gold coloured inscription in Cyrillic ?Mongol Ulsiin Odon medaliin unemlekh? Please add, correct, help where necessary Jan
  22. First pics to follow this evening. Sadly only the documents, but this is one hell of a set of documents! Detailed pics when the mailman arrives. I know, this is a bit of a tease, but good to see interesting stuff still popping up :cheers:
  23. Attached Golden grade (number 1000). Apparently there are two different variations although this is the only type I have.
  24. This is all I have my be sum body can show some other one.
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