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Gordon and All - In the original picture of Sz?gyi in question he is wearing the rank of Major - notice the extra "squiggly" on the interior of the tab - this is "border" for the gold tress field where his star is mounted incidcating an "upper" officer. He is wearing a pre 1939 tunic as it still retains the "standing up" collar.

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Charles,

I though this might be the case but wanted to show the picture to Tamas tomorrow and get his opinion. Not sure that I see the "extra squiggly" you mentioned so I'll have to prnit ou the picture and study it under a glass. Thanks for your input.

Regards,

Gordon

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Ian,

Seems that I was in error. Thanks for pointing out the salient points of the photo. I didn't respond earlier as I could not argue what appeared to be your very valid points. As I mentioned in the previous post, I have an apointment with the Curator of uniforms at the Military Museum in Budapest tomorrow morning and I wanted to show him the picture, and get his views before responding to your comments. I don't have to wait for that now! Thanks for the interesting dialog. A good learning experience for me.

Regards,

Gordon

quote name='Ian' date='Nov 24 2008, 14:01 ' post='304854']

Gordon,

You may well be correct and I hasten to add that I am not an expert on the uniforms of the Horthy era either, but I offer up this comment. The last ribbon depicted on the uniform looks very much like the Austrian 'ERINNERUNGSMEDAILLE fur WELTKRIEGSTEILNEHMER 1914 - 1918' and as I understand it this medal was not issued until the very late 1920's/early 1930's.

Also the devices worn on the other ribbons are not something that I have seen worn on war time ribbon bars. The order of precedence seems to indicate Hungarian as opposed to Austro-Hungarian.

Regards,

Ian

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I've borrowed some Austro-Hungarian ranks for an earlier thread which may be of use here.

Date of promotion to Major was 01.11.37 so this places the picture much later than I had at first thought.

Regards,

Gordon

Edited by Gordon Craig

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Two more medal bars with the Wound medal included. These photos are from Die Militariscen Auszeichnungen der Republic ?sterreich by Walter A. Schwarz.

Regards,

Gordon

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Wound medals from my collection with different rim mint markings. Does anybody know what these mint markings signify?

This medal has no 2 mm red wound stripes and is marked 'B.18'

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The next medal has one wound stripe and is marked 'GW 18' 

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This one has two wound stripes and is marked 'WAA 918'

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A few more: -

This medal has three wound stripes and is marked 'HMA 1918'

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This medal has four wound stripes and is marked 'GW 18'

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Lastly this medal has five wound stripes and is marked 'WAA'

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A fascinating thread!  Is the fiver aluminum?   Years ago someone reported that wound medals marked 1918 or '18 indicated post-war issue--cannot now locate that reference.   Could initials indicate manufacturers?

Recently saw an 'extremely rare' aluminum one [twoer] offered at $250...which seems an extreme price to me.  Or is that now the going rate? 

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922F,

Thanks for the feedback. The fiver is Zinc.

I really do not know what the rim markings are, whether they are manufacturing markings or not :(. Would love to find out though.

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After a little more digging, I think the WAA rim markings may be W&A for the manufacturer Winter & Adler, Vienna.

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the "HMA" mark, is that of the Hauptmünzamt, or the State Mint.

I'm curious to know more about the opinion that the "1918" medals could be post-war pieces...

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"HMA 1918" and "GW 18" are absolutely war-time pieces, so I subscribe to the previous request for clarification...why "1918"/"18" medals should be post-1918 ones... 

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