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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 (Medaille Commemorative de la Guerre 1940-45) with large gilt 'Crossed Sabres' emblem and clasp 'Dieppe'



The 'Crossed-Swords' emblem was awarded to Belgians who had experienced active service in the Belgium 1940 Campaign, and was later extended to all those who had served under fire at any time during the period 1940-1945

The battle clasp shows that the recipient later served during the daring - if ill-fated - Canadian led 'Dieppe Raid', that was carried out on 19 August 1942

Many 'Free Belgians' patriots in exile served in the the United Kingdom during the Second World War, either as members of the Belgian armed forces (mosly army units for example 'Brigade Piron', or in Commando / SAS units) or as airmen and sailors serving with or attached to the British Royal Air Force, or Royal Navy

By the close of the Second World War it is estimated that as many as 1900 Belgians had served in the Royal Air Force

In October 1940, Lieutenant Victor Billet, a Belgian Naval Officer, was officer commanding the dedicated Belgian naval force within the Royal Navy, viz Royal Navy Section Belge (RNSB). Men and ships of RNSB were present at the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942, where their founding officer, was lost, having been posted as Missing-in-Action. It is estimated that as many as 1200 Belgians served in RNSB during the Second World War

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

Condition: About EF

Code: 19939

125.00 GBP


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Belgium: A comprehensive unattributed Belgian 'Military & Armed Resistance' Second World War era distinguished service & campaign medal group of 7



The medal group comprises:

- Order of the Crown: 4th class 'Officer'. With silvered 'Palm' & silk rosette
- Military Cross (Croix Militaire / Militaire Kruis). 1st Class. With silk rosette
- Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Rsistance)
- Volunteers Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille du Volontaire 1940- 45)
- Combat Volunteers Medal 1952. With clasp 'Pugnator' (Fighter)
- Commemorative Medal 1940-1945. With 'Crossed Sabres' emblem
- Military Combatants Cross 1940-45 (Combattant Militaire de la Guerre)

The group mounted in the swing-style and as-worn in the correct Belgian order of precedence. The medals suspended from a traditional bronze gilt mounting bar

A very fine combination of awards denoting service to a Belgian national who, as a volunteer, served variously with the Belgian Armed Forces and the Armed Belgian Resistance at different times during the Second World War. The Combatants Cross was only awarded to those who served overseas from Belgium for part of the war in the United Kingdom, and who subsequently volunteered to serve his country for a second time as a military fighter in 1952 (Cold War era)

Condition: About EF

Code: 20208

185.00 GBP


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Belgium: The Commemorative Medal for Foreign Missions or Operations (La Medaille Commemorative pour Missions ou Operations l'Etranger) With clasps 'BELBOS' IFOR' & 'KOSOVO'



Note: First and last clasps have backstraps, second clasp with prongs / pins (one A/F)

- BELBOS: For service during Operation BELBOS in Central Bosnia 1994

- IFOR: For service with Belgian forces in Former Yugoslavia from 15 December 1995

- KOSOVO: For service with Belgian forces in Kosovo from 16 March 1999

The commemorative medal for foreign missions and operations was instituted on 13 April 1993.

A large number of clasps have been officially approved for award with this medal, together with a number of unofficial clasps for missions for which no clasp was formally approved, and or which were the inspiration of Belgian veterans who had served in those places & operations for which no clasp was formally instituted

In 2004, it was decreed that no further clasps would be awarded for wear on this medal, and instead that all missions since 2004 would be denoted by a numeric emblem worn on the riband to reflect the number of overseas missions or operations that personnel may have served in. The change in regulations

Personnel who have been awarded medals and clasps prior to 2004, are still allowed to wear the medal clasps earned prior to 2004, on the medal riband while serving in the Belgian Armed Forces.

The unofficial BELBOS clasp (for an actual sanctioned operation) is rare. The medal riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the Belgian style

Condition: EF

Code: 20179

45.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of the Crown (Ordre de la Couronne / Kroonorde). 5th Class 'Chevalier' breast badge. In silvered, gilt & enamel


The Order of the Crown was frequently awarded to British and Commonwealth military officers in both World Wars

A very good older strike with crisp gilding and fine enamel work

The original silk moire riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or 'Epingle' as traditionally worn in the Belgian style

Condition: EF

Code: 20065

35.00 GBP


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Belgium: Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945 (M?daille de la R?sistance / De Gewapende Weerstandsmedaille. Set sold with companion miniature medal


Awarded to all members of the belgian Resistance that actively resisted the Nazi enemy through combat or acts of sabotage

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

Condition: EF

Code: 19932

40.00 GBP


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Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 (M?daille Comm?morative de la Guerre 1940-45) with large 'Crossed Sabres' emblem


The 'Crossed-Swords' emblem was awarded to Belgians who had experienced active service in the Belgium 1940 Campaign, and later extended to all those who had served under fire at any time during the period 1940-1945

The medal riband fitted with a two-pronged mounting pin, or epingle, as worn in the Belgian style.

Condition: About EF

Code: 19940

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A Documented Belgian Intelligence Agent, Patriot & Resistance Fighters Medals, including the Companion Miniatures: Monsieur Nestor Achille Ghislain Stilmant, 'Zero Group', Belgian Resistance


- Belgium: War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 with 'Crossed Lightning Bolts' emblem
- Belgium: Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945 (M?daille de la R?sistance)

Sold together with;

- Award Diploma Belgium for War Commemorative Medal 1940-1945
- Award Diploma Belgium for Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945
- Miniature War Commemorative Medal 1940-45 with 'Lightning Bolts' emblem
- Miniature Medal of the Resistance 1940-1945

The award diplomas are named and dated as under;

- War Commemorative Medal (Monsieur Nestor A. G. Stilmant, 1 October 1946)
- Medal of the Resistance (Monsieur Nestor Achille Ghislain Stilmant, 12 April 1947)

Important: Nestor Stilmant is confirmed as having been an 'Intelligence Agent' serving with 'Zero Group' of the Belgian Resistance. The 'Crossed Lightning Bolts' emblem was only awarded for 'Intelligence Work' and is confirmed as entitled on his official award certificate

Note: The ribands of all of the medals, full-size and miniature, each fitted with two-pronged mounting pins, or 'epingles' as traditionally worn in the Belgian style

The recipient Nestor Stilmant received was an active member of the Belgian Resistance ('Zero Group' during the Second World War, and to qualify for the Resistance Medal would have to have shown that he actively resisted the Nazi enemy, by combat, serving under fire or having carried out acts of sabotage or intelligence gathering. Whatever actions Nestor was involved in his capacity as an 'Intelligence Agent' it must never be forgotten that 'just being a member' of the Belgian Resistance during the dark years of Nazi occupation brought with it the ever present threat of, capture, torture, incarceration, deportment and quite likely a violent death if ever detected and captured by the Nazis

Belgian based researcher Roel Struyve has kindly provided the following notes on 'Zero Group' Belgian Resistance;

- Zero Group: Activities: Intelligence and evasion
- Area: Very Extensive
- Period Operational: July ?10 1940 until the Liberation in 1944
- Members: Estimated 3000

During the Second World War there were multiple people in the Bank of Brussels who got involved with Z?ro, undoubtedly because of their professional relations. The Bank of Brussels was namely the cradle of one of the biggest secret networks of Belgium. Generally it is accepted that Fernand Kerkhofs was the founder of the Intelligence and Action Service ?Z?ro? The service could call upon good contacts within financial, industrial and judicial circles which could provide economical, social and political intelligence from all over the country. Because of this reason Z?ro slowly specialized in political, economical and administrative intelligence. This way Z?ro could regularly provide London with general documentation on the political and economical situation and London could (better) coordinate propaganda. Through Z?ro a number of Belgian and allied military personnel, pilots and other escapees were handed to the escape line of Joseph Dubar who went to pick these men up in Doornik (Tournai)

With Z?ro it is difficult to separate the intelligence gathering activities from the publication of the underground newspaper. The nucleus of the service ? who only took the name Z?ro in mid 1941 ? already existed since August 15th 1940 as that was when the first number of the underground newspaper ?La Libre Belgique? was published. The name Z?ro by the way comes from the fact that somebody said about Kerkhof?s recruiting efforts that they would amount to nothing, Z?ro. Until mid-41 the newspaper (which would appear all through the occupation) was the most important activity of the service. Under the title ?Peter Pan? was mentioned as chief editor

At the end of 1940 Z?ro got in contact with Joseph Dubar and with Paul Joly, who had connections with the south of France. Z?ro and Jean de Roubaix also got in contact with a courier of Doyen (Beno?t) at the beginning of 1941. Doyen was until September 1941 the most important link in getting the reports of Z?ro through

July 25th 1941 Pierre Vandermies went to Belgium and gave Z?ro the order to send him the reports by way of Roubaix, Paris and Lyon. Later they went the same route for his predecessor, Pierre Bouriez (Sabot). From October 1942 the reports arrived at the ?Poste de Commandement Belge? in Lyon which was especially founded for this purpose. In March 1943 this organization was followed by the ?Poste Central des Courriers? in Paris which was led by people of Z?ro

October 1941 was a black month, both for Z?ro as for the Luc-service through the failed pick-up of Cassart and the betrayal of Nessu. Because Z?ro and two other big services (Luc and Clarence) were almost completely shut down, strict orders were sent from London regarding the compartimentalization of the different organizations. This led to a more professional approach. Z?ro however was still infiltrated by multiple agents of the counter-espionage which has led to a number of arrests in the leadership and caused changes in command. Maxime Van Praag was the last chief of Z?ro

A very fine & desirable Belgian Patriots 'Resistance' pair to a 'Resistance Intelligence Agent' - sold together with a soft-copy extract page from a nominal roll of Belgian Resistance Fighters showing the respective entry for Nestor Stilmant

Condition: About EF

Code: 19937

140.00 GBP


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Belgium: Combat Volunteers War Service Medal 1952 (Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre 1952 / Et Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre Combattant 1952). With 2 x clasps 'Pugnator' & 'Coree-Korea'


The clasps denote that the Volunteer had at enlistment made a commitment for overseas 'Active Service' (Pugnator) clasp, and had subsequently served overseas during the Korean War 1950-1953

Condition: EF

Code: 19929

40.00 GBP


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Belgium: Combat Volunteers War Service Medal 1952 (Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre 1952 / Et Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre Combattant 1952). With clasp 'Pugnator'


The clasp denotes that at enlistment the Volunteer had made a commitment for overseas 'Active Service' (Pugnator) clasp

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

Condition: EF

Code: 19930

30.00 GBP


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Belgium: Combat Volunteers War Service Medal 1952 (Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre 1952 / Et Medaille Du Volontaire De Guerre Combattant 1952). With 3 x clasps '1940-1945', 'Pugnator' & 'Coree-Korea'


The clasps denote that the recipient had prior served during the Second World War and that when he voluntarily enlisted again in 1952 he made a commitment for 'Active Service' (Pugnator) clasp, and subsequently served overseas during the Korean War 1950-1953

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

Condition: EF

Code: 19927

55.00 GBP


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