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Thank you Ed for that interesting site. I didn't know that one. I couldn't find that "Landwacht" Ribbon but I have bookmarked that site!

His site and Lukasz's

http://www.medals.lava.pl/index.htm

need to be at the top of any "ribbons" bookmark list!

For medals, Megan's site

http://www.medals.org.uk/

and the OMSA database

http://www.omsa.org/photopost/index.php

are at the head of my personal list.

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"Landwacht" was the name for those collaborators in the Netherlands,

as members of the NSB (National Socialism Movement) they were very hatred by those patriotic....

However I can't find a clue to this medal nor a link or something with information about the medals.....

Maybe the information thread or the personal research facility will help???

Kind regards,

Jacky

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I agree we should split, the thread, but I'm pretty certain it is a Belgian "Rijkswacht" unofficial medal.

Rijk (= Realm) means more or less the same as Land (=Country or State)

We Belgians had untill a few years ago two national police forces: the "ordinary" National Police Force and the Rijkswacht- Gendarmerie. They have now been fused together, I have to admit though that I would have a hard time trying to explain the difference between these two.

Now, somebody please split this thread. :beer:

Jan

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Done ! As per popular demand :P

Thanks

Now that I've seen it I definitely think its Belgian. No Dutchman would design such an ugly medal :P

Seriously, the grenade is Belgian style and the uniform on it is certainly not Dutch. I guess the VR stands for "Vrijwillige Rijkswacht" (Voluntary State Guard) or something like that.

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Yes, and except for the uniform and the grenade,

it's also true that belgium has a certain history of un-official medals.....

So I'm lenied to think that it is a Belgian un-official medal.

More precize Flanders.....

Kind regards,

Jacky

p.s

yes Eric, You're true, we dutchies have a better known history of beautifull medals :rolleyes:

all of ours are designed by Jan des Bouvrie and many other designers.....

Speaking of designers,

We have recently lost a great designer,

No greater designer had been involved with the Dutch Army in all his accents,

Yes, collectors of dutch medals know who I mean,

Frans Smits

Not only a designer but also decorated with;

Knight of the order of Orange Nassau

Resistance Commemorative Cross

War Commemorative Cross

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