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An outstanding confirmed Belgian Patriot and 'Ghost Train' Survivors World Wars medal group of 11 : Sous Lieutenant Gerard Jules Joseph Planchon, Secrete Armee (Belgian Resistance) late 3rd Regiment of Engineers (Belgian Army)

- Belgium: Order of the Crown. Officer 4th Class. With 'Swords'. Silvered, gilt & enamel

- Belgium: Order of Leopold II. Officer 4th Class. With 'Swords'. Bi-lingual obverse

- Belgium: Croix De Guerre 1914-1918. With bronze 'A' monogram Palm

- Belgium: Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945 (Médaille de la Résistance)

- Belgium: Cross of Fire. 2nd Type (Croix De Feu 1914 Modele II)

- Belgium: Interallied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Medaille de la Victorie)

- Commemorative War Medal 1914-18. 'Red Cross' 1 x Gilt 1 x Silver 'Frontline clasps

- Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 with 'Crossed Sabres' emblem

- Belgium: Political Prisoners of War Cross 1940-45 (Croix Du Prisonnier Politique)

- Belgium: Military Fighters Medal 1940-45 (Medaille du Militaire Combattant WW2)

- Belgium: King Albert I Commemorative Medal ememoration Medal 1909-1934

Note: All of the Great War medals / emblems / clasps are confirmed in the reference book ‘Livre d'Or des Cartes du Feu’ (Vol 1936-1937), where the recipients entry details are included on page 257

The medals are sold with below following documents; Original (1); Official attested / signed photo-copies (3), and a single un-attested photo-copy (1) of various medal award diplomas;

- Order of the Crown. Officer 4th Class. With 'Vermeil Swords' for 1914-1918 War. Official attested signed & dated photocopy (26 August 1976)

- Order of Leopold II. Officer 4th Class. With 'Swords' for 1914-18 War. Official attested signed & dated photocopy (8 December 1972)

- Belgium: Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945. Original award diploma (24 January 1950)

- Belgium: Military Fighters Medal 1940-45 (Medaille du Militaire Combattant de la Guerre 1940-1945). Official attested signed & dated photo-copy (8 December 1972)

- Belgium: Attestation Certificate from Ministry of Defence confirming service with Resistance from 6 June 1944 (D-Day) dated 16 August 1950. Photo-Copy

The official attested signed & dated photo-copies all bear original rubber stamps and ink signatures from the Mayors Office (Le Bourgmestre) of Callenelle, the village two miles from the township of Maubray, where the recipient was born and died

Important: The recipient is confirmed as being a Resistance / Political Prisoner Survivor of the famous 'Ghost Train' - the thwarted attempt by the Nazi Occupiers - to deport the remaining Belgian Political / Resistance Prisoners then held in Belgian detention centres to Nazi Concentration Camps located in Germany. The Ghost Train incident occurred only days before the Liberation of Brussels by the advancing allies, in September 1944

The acts of resistance performed by the members of the Belgian Resistance during the 'Ghost Train' incident are now enshrined in history, and are near legendary in terms of the Belgian historical experience 1940-1945

Gerard Planchon was a veteran of the 'Ghost Train' - see the research at 'List of Prisoners' of Le Train Fantome (Phantom Train) with a nominal list of 'Ghost Train' veterans accessible at the excellent 'WWII Netherlands Escape Lines' website (https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/). Gerard Planchon's name is in the list of persons who were arrested by German police but were liberated on 3 September 1944 at “la gare de la Petite Ile” (the Petite Ile railway station) whose possessions had been placed by the Belgian Red Cross with the bank Nagelmackers Fils &Cie. The original 'Nagelmackers Bank List' is held in the Section “Archives and Documentation,” Directorate-General “War Victims” of the Federal Public Service, Social Security, of the Belgian government in Brussels, from where, presumably, more information on Gerard Planchons services may be obtained

Gerard Jules Joseph Planchon, son of Jules Joseph Planchon (Quarry Worker) & Clara Marie Planchon (nee Montegnies) was a native of Callenelle (near Maubray), Hainaut, Belgium, where he was born on 24th August 1894. During the Great War Gerard served as a Private soldier in the 3rd Regiment of Engineers, Belgian Army. For his services during the Great War - in which he was 'Wounded-in-Action', and earned; 6 x Front Line Chevrons, 1 x Wound Chevron, and was awarded the Croix De Guerre 1914-1918 (Avec Palme), Cross of Fire (Croix De Feu), Victory Medal & Commemorative War Medal. Gerard’s services are shown in; 'Livre d'Or des Cartes du Feu' (Vol 1936-1937), with his residence shown as Maubray, the town just 2 miles from Callenelle (his place of birth), where he worked pre-war

During the Second World War, Gerard is recorded on the 'Maubray' website pages located at; www.maubray.be - as being a 'Sous Lieutenant' in the Belgian Secret Army (Secrete Armee), which group he had joined in 1941, and was the largest Resistance Group in Belgium. He is also recorded in the same website as being a Liberated 'Political Prisoner'. A photograph in the Maubray website also shows Gerard Planchon in a horse drawn carriage, at the local 1945 'VE' Victory Parade, in which he is wearing a beret and has his 'Great War' medals up. To have earned the Military Fighters Medal, Gerard must have served outside of Belgium for some period of time, in some sort of qualifying capacity either in the military or resistance! It is possible that Gerard served in the Belgian Army in 1940, and or served in more than one 'Resistance' group during the war. The recipients service records held in Brussels, will however provide a full history for those interested to know specific details about his services. The copied 'Attestation' document with the group shows dates of 'Active Resistance' with the AS (Secret Army) as 6 June to 15 September 1944 - the dates correlate to his date of general mobilization, which was D-Day when the European Resistance movements rose as one against the Nazis, and the latter date being that shortly after the liberation of Belgium (these dates include the time he was detained as a prisoner, and was nearly deported to a hideous fate in Nazi Germany) and the last date being the date he was 'Stood Down' as being an active member of the Belgian Resistance. Post War, Gerard Planchon was decorated with the 'Officer' grades of the Order of the Crown with Swords in 1976, and with the Order of Leopold with Swords in 1972 - both Orders awarded with 'Swords' in respect of his services in the Great War. Gerard Planchon died at Tournai, 7500, Hainaut, Belgium, on 22 December 1982. In civilian life, Gerard had been engaged as an Advisor and Alderman in the local Public Works Department

A superb World Wars 'Belgian Patriot' medal group

All of the orders and medals ribands are fitted with two-pronged mounting pins, or 'epingles' as worn in the traditional Belgian style

Condition: GVF

Code: 19950Price:


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United States: Navy Cross

Important: This is - after the Medal of Honor - the second highest gallantry award in the 'Order of Precedence' of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps & United States Coast Guard. The decoration may be additionally awarded to any USA uniformed personnel from other branches of service, or to foreign allied personnel, who may be serving on attachment with the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps or United States Coast Guard at the time of performing their deed of gallantry

The medal riband is fitted with a crimp-brooch, complete with long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse, as issued

The medal brooch with federal government contractors marks 'G27' (denoting maker 'Graco Awards' of Tomball, TX) on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for gallantry during the Gulf War & Somalia, and issued from stocks held in hand for those decorated in later wars in; Afghanistan, the Iraq War and during the numerous operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Note: Since it's inception in 1919 (retrospective to include actions from 1917 during the Great War) and through to October 2017, it is estimated that there have been more than 6,300 x awards of the Navy Cross, covering all wars and expeditions fought by the United States including the Great War War and all wars and expeditions since 1917.

Condition: About EF

Code: 19841Price: 65.00 GBP


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United States: Distinguished Service Cross (Army)

Medal with 12mm crimp' style mounting brooch, in use circa 1945-1970

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The absence of numbering or any maker marks indicates that the medal is an example awarded post 1945, typically for those decorated in post Second World War conflicts, including the Korean War and the early years (through to circa 1970) of the Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 19473Price: 60.00 GBP


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France: Order of Liberation (Ordre De La Liberation). Companion. War-time strike 1944-1945 model

An original - and rare - War-Time struck example of the 'Ordre De La Liberation' awarded in the post 'Liberation of Paris' period 1944-1945

The 'Grip' or handle of the of the sword, with criss-cross designs on all four sides,and with French 'Paris Mint' Cornucopia and 'Bronze' metal hallmark on underside of left side of planchet.The insignia weights approx 36 grammes

Per specifications cited by the Museum of the Order of Liberation describes the insignia as a rectangular polished bronze escutcheon measuring 33 mm in height and 30 mm in width, bearing a double-edged sword 60 mm in height and 7 mm in width, extending beyond it above and below and overlain with a black Lorraine cross

Important: The Ordre De La Liberation - the second highest ranking award in the French order of precedence - was established by a decree issued by General De Gaulle of the 'Free French' at Brazzaville, Congo, on 16 November 1940. The very first insignia was awarded on 1941, and the last was presented in 1946. In total there were only 1061 x awards made, including 103 x to individual recipients, 18 x to regiments, vessels, squadrons and 6 x to cities. The contract to strike the medals was awarded to the London firm of 'John Pinches', on behalf of the Free French Government in Exile (the latter being based in London during the war years following the fall of France in June 1940). After the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944, the Paris Mint obtained the remaining balance of London made insignia and when they were exhausted started to strike their own insignia, from late 1944, these last war-time issues subsequently marked with the Paris Mint trademark 'Cornucopia' and metal hallmark 'Br' or 'Bronze'

The original silk riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin or 'epingle' as worn in the traditional French style

A rare and highly desirable original war-time strike of the most evocative - and inspirational - of all French Orders, Decorations and Medals

Choice!

Condition: About EF

Code: 19922Price:


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Royal Artillery: 'Kings Crown' OSD bronze cap badge - with revolving wheel

As worn in the World Wars

The badge reverse retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14672Price: 20.00 GBP


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Belgium: Medal of The Royal Order of the Lion (Médaille de l'Ordre Royal du Lion / Medaille der Orde van de Leeuw). Bronze (3rd Class) first type medal with uni-lingual pre 1951 'French' language legend

The bronze medal fitted with a long length of original silk riband

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A scarce 1st type medal to find in the market in this class and condition

Condition: About EF

Code: 17448Price:


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United States: Air Force Cross

Important: This is - after the Medal of Honor - the second highest gallantry award in the United States Air Force 'Order of Precedence'

The medal riband is fitted with a crimp-brooch, complete with long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse, as issued

The medal brooch with federal government contractors marks 'G27' (denoting maker 'Graco Awards' of Tomball, TX) on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for gallantry during the Gulf War & Somalia, and issued from stocks held in hand for those decorated in later wars in; Afghanistan, the Iraq War and during the numerous operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Note: Since it's inception in 1960, and through to October 2017, it is estimated that there have only been 202 awards of the Air Force Cross, comprising 197 individual recipients of which five have been awarded the decoration on two occasions

Condition: EF

Code: 19840Price: 60.00 GBP


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Japan (Empire): Order of the Rising Sun. 3rd Class. Silver, gilt & enamel 'Commanders' neck badge

An early item of insignia from pre-war 'Showa' era (reign of Emperor Hirohito)

The insignia measures approx 78mm including paulownia flowers suspension x 55mm. With dark red cabochon centres, and fitted with an ornate designed riband loop

Complete with original issue long length silk 'moire' neck cravat riband, retaining the long silk ties on both stitched ends

Condition: Only the top enamelled ray with wear to enamel, otherwise GVF

Code: 19872Price:


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Belgium: Order of the African Star. 1st Class Gold (Gilt) Medal. 1st type with 'French language' legend

Note: The French language legend indicate a first type medal issued prior to 1951

A gilt medal

The silk moire riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, and as-worn in the Belgian style

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A very nice example with crisp gilding

Rare

Condition: GVF

Code: 16187Price:


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United States: Silver Star Medal

Medal with government contractors marks for 'G-23' (for maker Ira Greene, Providence, Rhode Island) on reverse of 12mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, in use 'from' circa 1980's

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 19472Price: 24.00 GBP

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