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I’m looking for a group to an American who joined the British Army and rose to command at any level. I have a group to an American who commanded an RAF squadron, one who commanded a Fleet Arm Arm squadron and one who commanded a corvette. The Americans who joined the RAF and RNVR are fairly well documented, but Americans who joined the British Army are not.
I have a group to an American (USAAF officer) who was assigned to an RAF squadron and flew a full tour as a bomber pilot, but I don’t know if there were similar circumstances of American officer being assigned to the British Army. The Neutrality Act problems of the time made it most convenient if Americans trying to join up classified themselves as Canadians or some other nationality. As a result, they are hard to find now.
A British Army medal group to an American who was in command of a British unit at some level during World War II. I have similar groups to the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, so an Army group would fill that empty square.
Frankly, this looks like one of the endless stream of fakes and fantasies that continue to pour out of China through Ebay. Many incorporate elements of real orders and the multi-colored enamelled rays seem to be a particular favorite. They may have graduated from the “hairpin” style of pins, but the absence of a polished back still points to a very modern origin.
Good catch! Unfortunately, this piece now goes back into the unidentified pile.
This medal has been posted on another forum as possibly related to a state visit by Yugoslavia’s Marshal Tito to India and Burma in 1954. The similarity in design to the Order of the Yugoslav Flag may indicate its original as Yugoslavian rather than Burmese.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fire fighters badge with an inscription relating to his military service. A very interesting piece.
The medal is genuine. What maker’s mark do you see?
That’s an even easier solution.
The last index I know of:
McDowell, Charles P. The Foxfall Index to The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America (1950-1998).
I don’t know if the author has any copies tucked away, but these are very hard to find in the secondary market.
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It certainly is not a national Japanese award. I suspect that it was a local award and the key is probably in the inscription. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to find someone who can read the kanji. Japanese awards below the national level are mostly undocumented, which is a shame and very frustrating.
This is the Republic of China’s Medal in Commemoration of Victory in the Resistance Against Aggression, more often referred to as the China War Memorial Medal.
It was established in 1944 and was to be given to Americans who served in Mainland China, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam during World War II. There was a broad effort by the Taiwan government to distribute these medals in 1975, when surviving members of the Flying Tigers received it as a group. Most of the medals you see today were made around 1975, and they are relatively common. You find them in the collector’s market with their matching-numbered case for around $40.
Those of us who still use the Falkenstein book after many, many years look forward to a new source on this field.
Probably the best way to go.
I don’t recall ever seeing this piece at auction. Nor any auction with Mr. Edwards’ name attached.