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hello all, 

I need some help to ID this medal, found in a house clearing from a former Belgian army colonel.

He must have been major at the time he liberated Belgium with the Brigade Piron, after his exile in the UK.

First pic shows badges and medals found, second image shows the Spanish (?)medal.

It comes with a ribbon bearing the Spanish national colors, with the addition of a black bar, and so becomes the Belgian national colors.

Also the lions between the branches of the cross makes it Belgian to me.

But the coat of arms in the center is that of Spain at the time of Franco.

Thanks for your help.


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Still looking for any additional information regarding this medal...

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From an old posting by Antonio, hope this helps: -

Antonio Prieto

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Insignias for the called "Hispano-Belgian Association".

The Association was created on June 1, 1962, and its statutes were published in " Bijlagen BS" ( Annexes official bulletin) of June 17, 1965 .
It had its head office in the rue Joseph II / Jozef II straat 72 / Brussel 4
Its president in 1965 was M. Lebon
The aim was to promote the Belgian- Hispanic relations and support partnerships that have aimed to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples.
To do this:
- He organized trips to Spain
- Its board would contact the Department of Tourism , the Ministry of Culture and Education, favoring relations with meritorious members of the association .
- Daba scholarships ( by the board ) to meritorious students and members

Rewards, decorations and medals of the association:
The board of directors has the right to reward meritorious members and people outside the association also meritorious . Mr. Lebon , was nominated for " Great Rewards Canciler "
The rewards are :
- Loans or gifts of books or other educational materials about Belgium or Spain
- Certificates and diplomas of recognition for services
- Private Medal , named " Croix du Mérite Belgian- hispanique " (" Ordre du Mérite Belgo - Hispanique " according VAN BOSBEKE , 1988 and Born, 2002)
There were three kinds of crosses: knight , officer and commander ( by statute )
Or six according VAN BOSBEKE , 1988)
- Palmas bronze
- Silver Palms
- Golden Palms
- Cross Knight
- Cross official
- Cross of Commander
Or seven according Borne, 2002)
- The latest and high official
The insignia is a cross with eight points , with beads on the ends and rampant lions between the arms . They are said Belgian heraldic lions. Lions look to center . In the center is an oval medallion. It is suspended from a royal crown attached to the upper arm
The medallion shows a shaped edge on the center line and the coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs in black enamel on the bottom of the same metal as the cross.
The belt carries the Belgian colors and Spanish
The manufacturer is De Greef , Brussels
The qualifications awarded by this association are not official as indicated in a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dd.27/05/1982 ( VAN BOSBEKE 1988 , p.96 . )
According BOSBEKE VAN (1988 , p.97 . ) These rewards are sold.
The color scheme of the center of the red - black - red ribbon, has similarity to that of Spanish Falange VAN BOSBEKE understood that Franco had character.
This award does not have approval from the Belgian crown.

Bibliography :

ANONYMOUS ( 1905 ) Bijlagen dd Moniteur Belge . 17 june 1965.
Borne, A. , C. (2002 ) Letter Belgian- hispanique trying Association ( ASBL ) dd . 20/08/2002
VAN BOSBEKE , A. et al (1988 ) , Chevaliers du siècle Vingtième . Enquête sur les sociétés et les occultes contemporains Ordres of Chivalry . p.252 , Berchem . EPO



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Thanks a lot Graham! 

Missed that one.🧐





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Hello Stuka, Probably the wedding of King Baoudouin with the Spanish aristocrat Doña Fabiola de Mora in 1960 is related to this Belgo Spanian association

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