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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Leopoldsorde). Civil Division. 4th Class (Officer). Uni-lingual (pre-1952) French language legend. With silk rosette on riband

A silvered, gilt and enamel item of insignia, with intricate hinged supension

Note: An exceptionally fine crafted item of quality insignia

The Order of Leopold is the premier national order in the Belgian order of precedence, and was established in 1832

This type of insignia was widely awarded to British officials, diplomats and officers of the uniformed services during the World Wars

With small chip to reverse lower arm of cross

Condition: GVF

Code: 18171Price:


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse

The quality of the insignia is exquisite and of the highest quality of craftsmanship

It is of the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars'. This most likely being dated to the era of the Great War

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order in the Belgian order of precedence

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 18319Price: 115.00 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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India: General Service Medal 1947. With clasp 'Overseas Korea 1950-53' (11011 Hav-Smt F. Francis, A.M.C.)

Extremely Rare: It is estimated that not more than 350 x clasps were issued to members of the Indian Army, which Army supplied the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance - a crack airborne trained unit.

The recipient F. Francis, was an Indian soldier of the Christian faith, who was serving as a Havildar-Senior Medical Technician (Sergeant-Senior Medical Technician) with the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army

Lt. (later Col.) AG Rangaraj, MVC, of the Indian Medical Service and RMO of the 152 Indian Para battalion, became the first Indian along with Havildar Major Mathura Singh to make a parachute descent

60th Indian Field Ambulance, Indian Army Medical Corps, was raised at Secunderabad, India, on 10 August 1942. the 60th subsequently served during the Burma campaign as part of 2nd Indian Airborne Division, and in recognition of its services & experience the unit was selected for conversion to airborne unit, and in 1945 was converted to 60th Parachute Field Ambulance. Post 1947, 60th Parachute Field Ambulance, Army Medical Corps, has been an integral unit of 50th Parachute Brigade of the Indian Army which has it's regimental centre located at Agra. The unit is now styled 60th Parachute Field Hospital

The 60th Parachute Field Ambulance had the unique distinction of being the only unit of the Indian Army to deploy during the Korean War - it also earned the unique distinction of being the only unit of the contributing United Nations Force to serve continuously in theatre for the longest period of time, the 60th seeing out no less than '4 x Winters' in Korea.

Comprised of 346 'All-Ranks', 60th Parachute Field Ambulance under command of Lieutenant-Colonel A.G. Rangaraj (a Burma veteran who - together with Havildar Major Mathura Singh - is credited as being the first Indian 'Para' to have made a descent by parachute), arrived in Korea in November 1950

During it's long service in Korea (more than 3 years active service), the unit earned the highest accolades from those who came in contact with the 'Maroon Angels'. Split between frontline operations (including at least one Para drop) and line of communications duties, the unit served initially at Pyongyang - where they were able 'Under their own Steam' to extricate & evacuate their unit and medical supplies by manning a locomotive train train under fire. Although the unit mostly served under 1st Commonwealth Division, one of the highpoints of the 60th's services in Korea, occured during 'Operation Tomahawk' - the second largest airborne operation of the Korean War - when at Munsan-ni, a team from the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance provided the medical cover for the United States Army operations, dropping an ADS and a surgical team and treating over 400 battle casualties, and an even greater number of civilian casualties

For their services during the Korean War, members of 60th Parachute Field Ambulance received the below Indian decorations;

- 2 x Maha Vir Chakra (Level II gallantry)
- 7 x Vir Chaka (Level III gallantry)
- 23 x Mentions in Despatches

Only a handful of these correctly named medals are known to be in the collectors market - the desirability of this particular example to the 'Maroon Angels' being enhanced by the exceptionally fine condition of the medal on offer

Rare

Code: 19477Price:


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Germany (Hanseatic League): Hanseatic Cross 1914-1918 'Hamburg' issue. The medal with distinctive Hamburg obverse, and silk medal riband

The Hanseatic League of 'Port Cities' each issued war crosses to personnel form their respective cities during the Great War. The crosses all had red enamelled obverses, were of the same shape and had common reverse legends, however the three cities Hamburg, Bremen and Lubeck, each issued their own distinctive medal ribands, and the obverse designs differed between the three cities, with each city having it's own respective coat of arms as the obverse centre design

Enamel all intact

Condition: GVF

Code: 19478Price:


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France: A most impressive & desirable 'Patriot & Resistance Member' multi-decoration World Wars medal group of 9: Monsieur Ernest Charles Billet, Forces Francaises Interieurs (F.F.I.), late Lieutenant 13th & 11th Infantry Regiments, French Army

The ensemble comprising;

- Legion D'Honneur. 5th Class breast badge. 3rd Republic issue with '1870' obverse
- Cross of War. Dated 1914-1917. 3 x 'Citations' (Bronze Palm, Silver & Bronze Stars)
- Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance)
- Combatants Cross (for Combat Service)
- Commemorative Medal 1914-1918
- Interallied Victory Medal
- Commemorative Medal 39-45. With 3 x reduced clasps; France, Liberation & Allemagne
- Verdun Medal 1916. 'Vernier' issue (Médaille de Verdun). Type I. With clasp 'Verdun'
- Wound Medal. Type 9 (Ref Daniel M. Byrne, 1996))

The medals are sold with below following original items;

- Officers ID Disc. Obverse: 1914 Ernest Billet. Reverse: Nevers Officier 1423
- Service Book. 13th Infanterie
- Combatants Card with photo (recipient wearing LOH in lapel). Dated 17 April 1944
- Service Card (Carte de Service) for Forces Francaises Interieures (FFI). Named & dated
- Appointment in 1942 as Administrative Agent for the Canton of Gamaches

Note: All 3 x Croix De Guerre awards are confirmed as awards for 1917 ( the Citation at Army Level, confirms being 'Wounded')

Legion of Honour: 5th Class Chevalier, awarded decree for 18 years service, and service in 5 x 'Campaigns' with citations

The recipients entire Great War service record including all 3 x award citations can be seen / downloaded at below website;

- http://www.culture.fr/Genealogie/Grand-Memorial

The recipients 'French Resistance' file / dossier (reference GR 16 P 60289) is extant and held in the file series pertaining to the 'Administrative Records of Resisters' held at 'Vincennes' where it can be accessed / ordered, see below link;

- http://www.servicehistorique.sga.defense.gouv.fr

Ernest Charles Billet w, son of Louis Albert Billet & Marie Madeline Billet (nee Millard) as a native of Jouet-sur-l'Aubois, in the Cher Department of France where he was born on 27 June 1894. Ernest matriculated in the Classe of 1914 at Nevers - Nievre. By trade an agricultural cultivator, he joined the French Army in September 1914 and was posted to the 13th Infantry Regiment. His promotions were; Corporal,11 November 1914; Sergeant, 22 December 1914; Sous Lieutenant (Temporary),11 November 1917; Lieutenant, 3rd September 1922. Ernest was transferred to the 11th Infantry Regiment in November 1916. Other transfers / postings included service with 2e Bataillon de Tirailleurs Indigènes (a colonial unit) in 1917. Post-1918, Ernest now an officer, continued service as a Volunteer with the Army Reserves. Ernest's French Resistance service card confirms that he was recruited for the French Forces of the Interior in January 1944 - 6 months 'before' the Allies landed in Normandy. Under extreme threat of ever present danger - and dire consequences (torture, deportment, or death) if caught - the Great War thrice decorated 'Hero', acted as an intelligence agent gathering information of value to the Maquis - his role being classified as an 'Infomateur'

A superb 'World Wars' grouping to a heroic 'French Patriot'

All medals ribands attached with traditional 'Boules' , or mounting rods, as worn in the French style. Usual scuffs and chipping to enamel. The ephemera fair

Condition: Medals mostly GVF & better

Code: 19484Price:


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Leopoldsorde). Military Division with 'Swords'. 5th Class (Knight). Uni-lingual (pre-1952) French language legend

Note: This particular silvered, gilt and enamel item of insignia is of exceptional quality - an early piece from the era of the Great war if not earlier

The Order of Leopold is the premier national order in the Belgian order of precedence. It was established in 1832

This type of insignia was widely awarded to British officers during both
World Wars

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18169Price: 100.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division with 'Swords' suspension. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse, and crossed 'Swords' emblem on riband

The obverse of the insignia has the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars', and through to and including 1951

The Royal Decree of 14 February 1939, instituted the award of 'Crossed Swords' emblems, for retrospective award to qualifying veterans. The 'Swords' indicate that the recipient had accumulated a specified number of 'War Titles' during his military service, this being a combination of; Periods of front line service; citations for gallantry; orders & decorations held; evet promotions; escapes, etc. 6 'War Titles' were required for the award of the 'Crossed Swords' emblem in silver

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19134Price: 75.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division with 'Swords' suspension. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse, and Silver 'L' Palm emblem on riband

The obverse of the insignia has the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars' & Korean War through to and including 1951

This insignia is a Second World War / Korean war era issue as reflected by the silver 'L' cypher palm legend, denoting a wartime award during the reign of King Leopold III (1934-1951)

The Royal Decree of 15 Novembre 1915, first instituted the award of 'Silver Palms' emblems, for wear on the riband of the 5th class Order of Leopold by qualifying recipients. The 'Palm' indicates that the award is for military service during wartime. For 4th class 'Officer' insignia a gilt palm was awarded

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19135Price: 75.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division with 'Swords' suspension. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse, and Silver 'A' Palm emblem on riband

The obverse of the insignia has the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars', and through to and including 1951

The Royal Decree of 15 Novembre 1915, instituted the award of 'Silver Palms' emblem, for wear on the riband of the 5th class Order of Leopold by qualifying recipients. The 'Palm' indicates that the award is for military service during wartime. For 4th class 'Officer' insignia a gilt palm was awarded

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19136Price: 85.00 GBP

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