Archive for Crete

A Birchall on the Battleship Valiant in the Mediterranean

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to Thomas William Burchell. They are unnamed except for the Naval LSGC which is impressed to D/J109394 Petty Officer T.W.Burchell, H.M.S. Valiant. The LSGC was issued on June 12th 1941. I have his papers up until 1929 and can see that when he was made P.O. in May 1941 he was on the Valiant. In this case he would have had an action packed war with convoy runs to Gibraltar, the defeat of the Italian Fleet at Cape Matapan and the Greek Campaign.

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Kreta Cuff Title

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis text book example of the Kreta cuff title would have bene issued to a veteran of the bloody campaign to capture the island of Crete in 1941.

This one would make a great research project as it is named to Alois Acko from Graz, Austria. I believe the Uffz that precedes his name is an abbreviation for Unteroffizier which is a Jerry rank approximating Lance-Sergeant or Sergeant. This is a rank used in the Fallshirmjäger so there’s a good chance this is a paratrooper award which makes it double plus good. I looked Alois up on the German Casualties Lists and couldn’t find him so it appears he survived the war.

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