Archive for the Valour Medals Category

The Kings Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom

Posted in Rare Medals, Valour Medals with tags , , on August 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Kings Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom. This medal was issued to foreigners who put themselves in harms way assisting the Allied cause. Examples would be helping run one of the escape and evasion networks getting Allied airmen out of Occupied Europe. Approximately 3200 of these medals were awarded from 1947. I have two of them, the other one here has its case.

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Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz

Posted in Fakes & Replicas, Valour Medals with tags , on June 3, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Clasp to the Iron Cross (Spange zum Eisernen Kreuz) was a metal medal clasp displayed on the uniforms of German Wehrmacht personnel who had been awarded the Iron Cross in World War I. It was displayed on the uniforms of many high-ranking officers during World War II as most had also served in World War I.
As it was possible for a holder of the 1914 Iron Cross to be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. A “1939 Clasp” (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. It depicted an eagle clutching an oak leaf wreath surrounding a swastika above a trapezoid including the year 1939. It was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon beneath a tunic button. (A similar award was made in 1914 but was quite rare, since there were few in service who held the 1870 Iron Cross.)
For the First Class award the clasp was pinned directly above the Iron Cross on the breast of the wearer. Although two separate awards, in some cases the holders soldered them together.

There are all sorts of things wrong with this one. But one look at the rear setup is enough. The catch and pin are very wrong.

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Imperial Eisernes Kreuz Classe 2

Posted in Valour Medals with tags , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_German_EmpireThe Iron Cross (German:Eisernes Kreuz) is a cross symbol typically in black with a white or silver outline that originated after 1219 when the Kingdom of Jerusalem granted the Teutonic Order the right to combine the Teutonic Black Cross placed above a silver Cross of Jerusalem.

The military decoration called the Iron Cross which existed in the Kingdom of Prussia, and later in the German Empire and Third Reich, was established by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and first awarded on 10 March 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. The recommissioned Iron Cross was also awarded during the Franco-Prussian War, World War I, and World War II. The Iron Cross was normally a military decoration only, though there were instances of it being awarded to civilians for performing military functions. Two examples of this were civilian test pilots Hanna Reitsch and Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, who were awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class and 2nd Class respectively for their actions as pilots during World War II.

This is my second one of these, I have a grubbier one here.

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1914-1918 Croix de Guerre with Bronze Palm Device

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Valour Medals with tags , on May 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_FranceThe Croix de guerre 1914–1918 (War Cross 1914–1918) is a French military decoration. It was created to recognize French and allied soldiers who were cited for their service during World War I, similar to the British Mentioned in Despatches. The bronze palm on this one indicates the recipient was mentioned at Army level.

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The Military Medal, a Somme Award

Posted in Valour Medals with tags , on May 13, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThe Military Medal (MM) was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land.
The medal was established on 25 March 1916. It was the other ranks’ equivalent to the Military Cross (MC), (which was awarded to commissioned officers and, rarely, to Warrant Officers, although WOs could also be awarded the MM). The MM ranked below the MC and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army.

I have 3 of these, two in groups and this single named to 18803 Pte. J Ward 7/Suff R. Lance Corporal John Ward was gazetted his medal on the 21st of October, 1916.

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Purple Heart

Posted in Valour Medals with tags on May 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_StatesThe Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military, the only earlier award being the obsolete Fidelity Medallion.

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Order of the Red Star Type 7, Variant 2

Posted in Valour Medals with tags , on May 2, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.svgThis is a mid-1950’s issue Order of the Red Star from the Soviet Union. It is inscribed 3283313 and has the Moscow Mint mark.

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