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Who is this Bavarian Pilot?

This is an interesting photo of a Bavarian Air Service pilot.  He is wearing a large medal bar with the Military Max Joseph Order Knight’s Cross, a Bavarian Military Merit Order IV Class with Swords, and a Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class.  These awards appeared to have been artistically “added” to the

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Honor Medal, 1792-1805

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1792-1805 Honor Medal (Ehren Medaille). This was the second medal issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going to take the reader through the evolution of the

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Collecting theme – changing direction

In an earlier blog, I mused about themes and how my appetite began and developed. As I expanded my Boer War collection  and tried to fill it out with representative medals to other regiments who served where the Gordons didn’t, I simultaneously began to acquire earlier medals

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Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization (Militärverdienstmedaille für das Tiroler Aufgebot). This medal was issued in 1796 by the authority of Emperor Franz II to reward the Tyrolean’s who participated in the defense of the Tirol

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The German Eagle Order – 1st Type: Part I

German Eagle Order - detail View

Adolf Hitler created the German Eagle Order on May 1, 1937, based on a personal request of Foreign Minister Dr. Meissner1). The creation of the order finally enabled the German Reich to honor foreigners. The order would be awarded through the Fuehrer through proposal of the foreign

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What’s in a theme?

Most of the blogs on the OMSA site are educational in nature. I am not sure this one will be. This is more like a Merriam-Webster definition: Define blog: a Web site on which someone writes about personal opinions, activities, and experiences; I think one of the

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Honor Medal, 1789-1791

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1789-1791 Honor Medal (Ehren Medaille). This was in fact the first medal issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going to take the reader through the evolution

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The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 3

In my previous blogs entitled “The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 1” and “The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 2”,  I discussed the establishment of the newly created three classes of the Order of the Bath and

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Olmutz Military Medal

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Olmutz Military Medal (Olmütz Militärmedaille) which was issued by the Civil Board of the town of Olmutz as an award to ten of its citizens who at the request of the town council formed the Olmutz Volunteer

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Joseph Ritter von Steiner

Joseph Steiner was born on November 24, 1895 at Langenreichen, Schwaben to master-cooper, farmer, and Mayor of Langenreichen Josef and his wife Josefa.  He was one of ten (10) children.  He later completed his studies to become a teacher at the Teacher Education Institution at Lauingen/Donau, and then on

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