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Germany (Imperial): China Medal 1900-1901. Bronze gilt 'Combatants' issue, with gilt clasp 'Peking'

Note: The medal with length of original silk riband that is fitted with gilt campaign clasp, the latter complete with both the original prongs / pins on reverse of clasp backstrap

Important: Only the 50 x members of III Seebatallon (3rd Sea Battalion) under command of Obereutnant Graf von Soden, who were present during the 55 day long 'Defence of the Legations' at Peking, were entitled to the clasp 'Peking' - a naval clasp - and which was only ever worn as a single clasp entitlement on the riband of the China Medal

Germany officially approved for the wearing of 14 x different clasps for the China Medal, some of which were uniquely for Naval personnel, and others reserved for Army personnel only

After the successful occupation of Kiautschou in China on 14 November 1897 by the German Navy's East Asia Cruiser Division, two companies from the first and two companies from the second 'Seebataillon's' were amalgamated to raise a third 'Seebataillon'. The new III Seebataillon arrived arrived at Tsingtao on 26 January 1898 as garrison troops for the East Asian Station of the Imperial German Navy. It was and remained the only all-German unit with permanent status in an overseas protectorate. The German marine detachment deployed at the Peking Legation was drawn exclusively from the ranks of III Seebataillon

A very scarce seen Boxer Rebellion medal & clasp

Condition: GVF

Code: 20171


Poland (Exile): Cross of Valour. Poland Government in 'Exile' strike. Of 'Palestine / Near East' (Bliski Wschod ) type

Important: The medal is identified per Item 22 in the standard reference catalogue on the Cross of Valour Poland Government in 'Exile' strike. Of 'Palestine / Near East' (Bliski Wschod ) type

Metal: Bronze

Dimensions: (Width) Approx 43.9mm / (Diagonally) Approx 48mm

Suspension: Soldered bronze ring: Approx 15mm

Weight (sans ribbon): 15g

Ribbon width: Approx 38mm

The earlier exile era 'Palestine' type Crosses of Valour were struck circa 1942-1943. Medals of this type are known to have been awarded to Polish troops that subsequently served with 2nd Corps and in Italy in 1944-45, including awards for those decorated for gallantry at Monte Cassino

Modelled very closely on London Spink made exile crosses, the earlier Palestine variants are distinctive by their light copper appearance, with distinctive thicker gauge soldered suspension rings, and without any die flaws to letter 'O' and have 9 x horizontal grips on the sword hilt

A superb item of Polish Second World War insignia

Very scarce - and one of the hardest, if not the hardest, variant type of the 'Exile' Polish Crosses of Valour to find on the market

Condition: GVF

Code: 20166


Yugoslavia (Democratic Federal Yugoslavia): Medal for Merit to the Nation (Instituted 1945). 1st Type. Bronze Gilt

A first type award with reverse 'Zaglube' legend

Instituted in 1945. The award continued to be awarded after the creation of the post-war (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). It is estimated that 430,666 awards were made during the life of the medal

Dimension: Approx 37mm in diameter

The medal mounted as worn, the original riband mounted on a five edged suspension mounting plate, this latter retaining its reverse pin and clasp fittings

Condition: EF

Code: 19986

25.00 GBP

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Republic of South Vietnam: Technical Service Medal. 1st Class (Ky-Thuat Boi-Tinh)

Instituted on 5 June 1964 and awarded in two classes

This medal is of superior quality United States manufacture

Complete with crimp brooch, this with makers marks 'Graco-GI'. The brooch complete with intricate long hinged pin & drop lock clasp fittings, as issued

Like many South Vietnamese awards the medal was available for award to qualifying foreign personnel from amongst the allied nations serving in Vietnam, including servicemen from the Commonwealth countries of Australia & New Zealand. Reference 'Medals to Australia' (Williams, Third Edition 1990) it is estimated that 8 x 1st Class & 6 x 2nd Class Technical Service Medals were awarded to Australian personnel

Condition: EF

Code: 19997

30.00 GBP

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Romania (Kingdom): Crusade Against Communism Medal 1942-1944 (Medalia Cruciada Impotriva Comunismului 1942-1944). No clasp(s)

A Romanian strike with designers signature 'P Grant' on obverse

Effectively this was Romania's 'War Medal' for award to their personnel who served in the period 1942-1944, during which Romania was an Axis ally of Nazi Germany, and during which period the Romanian's served in large numbers on the Eastern Front fighting against the forces of the Soviet Union

Condition: GVF

Code: 19999

25.00 GBP

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Pakistan: 1971 Pakistan-India War Medal (Tamgha-e-Jang 1971)

Awarded to all personnel of the Pakistan Armed Forces and specified uniformed services who served during the period of the Pakistan-India War of 1971

Condition: GVF

Code: 20001

10.00 GBP

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Israel: Israel Defence Forces Commemorative Medal of the Doctrine & Training Division (GCHQ)

- Dimension: 40mm
- Weight: 31g
- Obverse: Insignia of the Israel Defence Forces
- Reverse: Legend IDF-Doctrine & Training Division

The reverse of the medallion, has underneath the legend the insignia of the Doctrine & Training Division comprising an 'Owl' with crossed sword / laurel spray & below an open book

The Israel Defence Force Doctrine & Training Division is a formation of General Staff Command, General Headquarters

Condition: EF

Code: 20008

35.00 GBP

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South Korea (Republic): Korean War Service Medal 1950-1953

The Korean War Service Medal also known as the Republic of Korea War Service Medal (ROKWSM), is a military award of South Korea which was first authorized in December 1950

The 1950 issue of the medal was called the 'Incident Participation Medal' and was of a different design

In 1954, the medal was re-styled in name and design, the revised style having 'Crossed Bullets' obverse, and retaining the same riband as the previous medal

The medal retaining the original stitched silk riband, with mounting brooch on reverse. This latter complete with hinged pin and clasp fittings

Complete with titled card box of issue

Note: While instituted as the principal 'War Medal' for award to South Korean service personnel, the medal was subsequently offered to the various participating allied United Nations contingents, some of whom, for example South Africa and Belgium accepted. following the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, other allied countries have retrospectively accepted the medal, including USA, Australia & New Zealand

Condition: EF

Code: 19953

30.00 GBP

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Rhodesia (UDI): General Service Medal 1968-1980 (35603 Pte E.G. Nelson)

Awarded to 'All-Ranks' of the Rhodesian Armed Forces and qualifying uniformed civilian services personnel (for example British South Africa Police) for service during the long running 'Bush War' between 1968-1980

Condition: GVF

Code: 19756

30.00 GBP

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Organisation of American States (OAS): Medal of Merit

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch riband that is fitted with long hinged pin and intricate drop lock & clasp fittings

The Organization of American States 'Merit Medal' has it's origins in the 1965 Dominican Republic crisis. A leftist revolution broke out that would have succeeded had it not been for an American military intervention in cooperation with the Organization of American States or OAS. To honor the participants of this campaign the Inter-American Peace Medal For Merit was designed with a Spanish legend and inscription and showing the western hemisphere

The OAS came into being in 1948 with the signing in Bogot?, Colombia, of the Charter of the OAS, which entered into force in December 1951. It was subsequently amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, signed in 1967, which entered into force in February 1970; by the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias, signed in 1985, which entered into force in November 1988; by the Protocol of Managua, signed in 1993, which entered into force in January 1996; and by the Protocol of Washington, signed in 1992, which entered into force in September 1997

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states?as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter?"an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence"

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU)

The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development

Condition: GVF

Code: 19634

20.00 GBP

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