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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 is contained in a plush burgundy coloured paper-hinged card case of issue

This item of insignia is positively attributed to Capitaine-Commandant de Reserve, Edgard Emile Telesphore Rene Lefevre, an active intelligence 'Agent' for the Belgian Resistance (served as an Adjutant with the 'Ferrand Group') during the Second World War (Reference the nominal rolls contained in 'Gedenkboek Inlichtings- en Actie Agenten' (edited by Roger Baron Coekelbergs & others, Brussels, 2015)), and who had been a highly decorated and twice wounded Officer in the Great War during which he served 1914-1918 with the 4th Carabiners Regiment of the Belgian Army (his photograph in uniform with two medal ribbons & service details are included in the 1935-1936 edition of the 'Livre d 'Or de la carte du feu', or 'Golden Book of the Fire Card). Edgard's 'Officers' service file is extant and is accessible at the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, Brussels, Belgium (Musée royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire). According to the aforesaid cited resources, Edgard was born in on 1895, and prior to the Great War had been a resident of Scharebeek. By the time of the Second World War he was resident in Brussels

Sold together with below original official award documents

1). Award document for Order of the Crown issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defence on 8 April 1947, with retrospective effect to 15 November 1940

2). Award document for Order of the Leopold II. Officer (Officier) 4th Class with 'Swords' issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defence on 8 April 1947, with retrospective effect to 21 July 1942

A most interesting attributed item of insignia to a much-decorated Belgian officer and 'Patriot' who served his country with distinction in both World Wars

Condition: EF

Code: 20382

SOLD


Belgium: Order of Leopold II. 5th class 'Chevalier' breast badge. 1st type 'Pre-1952' French language obverse. With Crossed Swords emblem on riband



Positively attributed to a Belgian soldier 'Soldat' Jean-Francois Van Roelen

Sold together with original named and dated award document from the Belgian Ministry of Defence, this dated 17 June 1946, for the award of the Order of Lepold II 'Chevalier' class with 'Crossed Swords' emblem, which award was to date retrospectively from 21 July 1943

Condition: GVF

Code: 20381

Reserved


Belgium: Order of Leopold II. 5th class 'Chevalier' breast badge. 1st type 'Pre-1952' French language obverse. With 'Crossed Swords' emblem on riband



The insignia contained in a burgundy coloured card box, with Belgian retailer's logo and address on inside lid which is:

Fournisseur Brevete
De La Cour
Establissements
Ch. Galere,
S.P.R.L.
Decorations,
172 Rue Du Trone,
Bruxelles

The name 'A. Jacquement', is written in ink on the back of the card box

Note: The 1st type legend (French language only) insignia of the Order of Leopold II, is the correct type of insignia that was widely awarded to British and other Allied Officers by the Belgians during both of the World Wars

Condition: GVF

Code: 20380

Reserved


Belgium: Political Prisoners of War Cross 1940-45 (Croix Du Prisonnier Politique De La Guerre 1940-1945). With '4 x Stars' bar



A silvered and enamel cross

The bar on the riband denotes 'Internment' for 2 years (each star represents a continuous 6 x months period of internment or part thereof)

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

Sold contained in its card box of issue, this with the chop / rubber stamp of 'Louis Devillez, Taileur Militaire, Passage Lemmonier, Liege' on underside of the box

Condition: GVF

Code: 20371

55.00 GBP


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



Important: All clasps are ordnance issue 'Silver' (white metal) clasps denoting that the 'Fighter Volunteer' had served under combat conditions in the Second World War and Korean War

Scarce seen with 3 x silver 'Combat' issue clasps

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

Condition: EF

Code: 20370

85.00 GBP


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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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