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A British Officer in the East India Company Army: Lt. Col. Bradshaw York Reilly

While my last blog entry looked at researching a British soldier, this entry will look at researching a British officer in the East India Company’s Army.   The medal group to this officer includes an Army of India medal, clasp Bhurtpoor, A Maharajapoor Star and a Sutlej medal

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Researching Medal Recipients, Part 1: Free Materials from The British National Archives

Many British medal collectors are interested in researching not only the medal, but also the “man behind the medal.”  This is the first in a number of blogs which will discuss various materials available on line that may assist the collector in finding additional information on their

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The “Kampfwagenabzeichen” – How many are there?

captured British tank by the German Army

The Tank Badge was instituted by the Minister of Defence Otto Gessler on 13 Jul 1921 and laid down in the Heeres-Verordnungsblatt Nr. 41 of 15 July 1921. It was to be issued to veterans of World War I who qualified by being a crewman (commander, driver, gunner, loader,

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Military Merit Cross, Second Class, Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Cross, Second Class in some detail. Readers may wish to review the previous blogs I have published on the Military Merit Cross prior to reading this one. The previous blog titles are: Five Military Merit

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Researching a Victorian Era Soldier

Private Joseph Sandland of the 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment While it is easy to look at the medals and the campaigns in which they were earned, research into the man behind the medal can be some of the most fascinating parts about our hobby. But where to start?

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Attachments, an interesting story of embellishment, Part II

Introduction In this blog, which is the second part of the series on attachments I will review the history of the war decoration attachment to the Orders and decorations of the Austrian and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You may wish to view the blog on the first part

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The Order of the Bath and the NGS 1793-1840

Background Here, I will only give a brief introduction to The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, as it is officially named. The outstanding authoritative work by James Risk[2] should be consulted for more details, also a series of future blogs by ChrisC, will go into

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Ashantee Medal with Coomassie Clasp to RN and RM

Many collectors describe the reverse of this medal which features bush fighting between British soldiers and Ashanti warriors as their favourite amongst the campaign medals issued during the Victorian period.                             The Coomassie clasp

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Military Merit Cross, First Class

Introduction In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Cross, first class in some detail. Readers may wish to review the previous blogs I have published on the Military Merit Cross prior to reading this one. The previous blog titles are: Five Military Merit

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A Rare Anhalt-Köthen Medal for Civil Service

The Anhalt-Köthen Medal for Merit, Attachment and Loyalty was founded by Duke Heinrich of Anhalt-Köthen (reigned from 1830 to 1847), in the year 1835, for outstanding merit of subaltern officials. After the founding of the House Order of Albert the Bear, and its Merit Medal, in the

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