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P R China - Liberation Merit Order, 3rd class


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Cased. Numbered 04673. No document or attribution sad.gif

Awarded to junior officers for service in the Revolutionary War during the War of Liberation Period (3 September 1945 to 30 June 1950). In effect, this is the medal for the final phase of the Civil War.

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During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, all awards were looke down on (as were ranks in the military) as being counter-revolutionary, rightist, Stalinist, and feudal. The recipients kept them, but wearing them was considered very naughty and could land you in a world of hurt and "criticism" by Chairman Mao's Red Guards. Many recipients still have them, and while wearing them has become more acceptable in today's socialist-capitalist China, few recipients survive.

There was a good article in JOMSA a few years back, let me look.

It is my clear sense that they were intended to replace the utter chaos of regional, army-specific awards.

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There is a reason why the chinese awards are hard to find. I saw on an other forum how many were awarded. For example the numbers of this Liberation Merit order:

1st class: Awarded to army commanders or beyond, 991 awarded.

2nd class: Awarded to division commanders, 4932 awarded.

3rd Class: Awarded to regiment or battalion commanders, 54789 awarded.

Must have been pretty hard to ern one of those...

/Kim

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Oh God! 1970s flashback! "Deep Purple!" Can-not-get-tune-out-of-head-help-help-help. :speechless1:

But the lining is FITTED for the star and ribbon bar, not that they are just SUNK into that Astrakhan-ish material?

Quite interesting pin construction-- the shielded pointed end of the catch is quite a good idea and never seen anything like it.

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Oh God! 1970s flashback! "Deep Purple!" Can-not-get-tune-out-of-head-help-help-help. :speechless1:

Or are you thinking "Purple Haze" . . . oh . . . the flashbacks . . . .

But the lining is FITTED for the star and ribbon bar, not that they are just SUNK into that Astrakhan-ish material?

Yes, fitted cut-into the underlying whatever. Not wood, but solid.

Quite interesting pin construction-- the shielded pointed end of the catch is quite a good idea and never seen anything like it.

Agreed. Unusual, at the very least (I shan't quote my students and call it "very unique"!).

A couple of close-ups, since it is right here.

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Hi, Gentlemen

So glad to see that guys here are interested in PLA awards. This Libearation Order 3cl is mint!! Bayi, Independence & Freedom and Liberation Order is the 'big three' of Chinese official orders. Each kind of order has 3 classes. They are the most worthy collectible among PLA awards.

Tang Si

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Hi, Gentlemen

So glad to see that guys here are interested in PLA awards. This Libearation Order 3cl is mint!! Bayi, Independence & Freedom and Liberation Order is the 'big three' of Chinese official orders. Each kind of order has 3 classes. They are the most worthy collectible among PLA awards.

Tang Si

Yes, Tang Si, those are my targets! I consider these three sets of awards to be the gems of PRC collecting. I have the latest two medals in Feng Zhai-lu's group, but just the one undocumented order, so nine holes to fill in my dreams.

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