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In order to help to understand the old Ottoman Turkish Script on the Turkish medal ribbon bars I am posting 4 different pictures of the ribbon bars.

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Picture 1: Ottoman Medals and Orders Documented History by Metin Erureten

first row: 1. Gallipoli 2. Liyakat medal 1332 3. Suez Channel (Sinai)

second row: 1. Iraq 2. Caucausus 3. The Siege of Kut (was a major battle of World War I, now Iraq)

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picture 2:

Book: Iftihar ve Imtiyaz, History of Ottoman Order and Medals by Mr. Edhem Eldem

from left 3rd ribbon bar : Palestine (Collection: Isa Akbas)

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Book: Iftihar ve Imtiyaz, History of Ottoman Order and Medals by Mr. Edhem Eldem

1st bar: Caucasus, 2nd bar: Sakarya (Turkish Independence war)

3,4,5 bars : Romania (Collection: Isa Akbas)

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Some German examples:

Marine Oberstabsarzt (E) Dr.med. Georg Willrich (1883-1937/39)--

This has everything imaginable, from the Turkish Lifesaving Medal in last place up through War Medal star, Liakat Medal, Medjidie Order, and Imtiaz Medal. Bar on the TWM is "Karah Deniz"/ Black Sea

Generalmajor zV Hugo Kiehl (1884-1944) with "Sinai" on his Liakat and TWM:

He took part in Friedrich Freiherr Kress von Kressenstein's raid across the Suez Canal. Chief of the uniformed police (SchuPo) in Munich when the Nazis took over, General Kiehl died as Commandant of Prisoners Of War in... Norway!


Now a botched German bungle, which managed to get almost everything WRONG!

The 1914 Iron Cross is fine. But the Hindenburg Cross has mysteriously--and wrongly-- added the wreath fro the ?M3K in 3rd place to its swords, leaving the 3rd ribbon bare. The Imtiaz Medal in 4th place uses a L?beck Hanseatic CRoss ribbon red/white instead of red/green... and there at the end is the War Medal star with "Palestine" bar.

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QUOTE (Ed_Haynes @ Mar 2 2009, 00:12 ) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Very nice! Thanks, Demir (and Rick). jumping.gif

More information on the Edhem Eldem book, please?

Hello Ed,

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition named Iftihar and Imtiyaz (Valor and Privilege) Ottoman Order and Medals organized by Turkish ministry of Culture and Garanti Bank between 28.9.2004-26.12.2005. rolleyes.gif

The name of the book is Iftihar ve Imtiyaz, Osmanlı nisan ve Madalyalar Tarihi by EDHEM ELDEM sold during the exhibition. price app. USD 80.00. 528 fine paper pages with a lot of pictures of the military personel wearing order and medals + all ottoman medals,orders,bars etc.

Best wishes


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Found one on Amazon, but $300+. Haven't checked ABE, but shall.


When you find the book for USD 100 in ebay buy it. It is a heavy book around 3 kg. So the S/H will be high.

It is hard to find now.

Don't forget it is only Turkish.

If anybody is interested I can try to find in Ankara and inform the price.

Best wishes


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