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Jim W.

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  1. Thought I would share some my other collecting passion. WW1 French Croix De Guerre medals and certificates The colourful cert is signed by the "Butcher" ,Charles Mangin Jim
  2. I like these veteran awards. This one has been on my list and now I have one Jim
  3. I have been seeking a nice one of these particular KAG medals for a while now. This one arrived this morning. I hope you like it Jim
  4. Some of our members have a fantastic collections of photographs from the German Armies. I thought I would start a thread with some of my photos and hope that other members will follow adding theirs from the French Army from the Great War. Start with one of my favourites which was clearly taken from a personal album and post war. A pilgrimage visit to the magnificent memorial at Mort Homme. No doubt the lady in the photo is visiting the place where one of her loved ones fell. Jim
  5. I think these medals are very much underrated and a beautiful design This is the volunteers cross. Jim
  6. Another similar one for the Orient Jim
  7. Jim W.

    Iron Cross

    Not posted for a while for thought I`d post a photo of my most prized TR items Jim
  8. Ludwig Bauer, awarded the RK for actions on the Gothic line 5,6,7 September 1944 and KIA October 1944. A posthumous award
  9. Jim W.

    They just don't understand!!!!

    My thoughts exactly
  10. 101 years ago , 28th January 1918, The French 18 infantry regiment was involved in a trench raid at Tahure, Champagne.Leading the assault was Captain Robert Circan, a holder of the Legion d`Honneur. He personally trained 88 men for the attack which took place just after midday following a short but intense artillery bombardment of the German trenches. The purpose was took destroy 2 troublesome concrete machine gun emplacements. Whilst the engineers dealt with the demolition, Captain Circan led his men through 4 lines of German trenches before withdrawing leaving 4 French dead and capturing enemy prisoners. The regimental history describes this great officer as "The Bravest of The Brave" Here is his citation for the action and a the photo of the great man
  11. Jim W.

    Day light trench raid at Tahure

    Hi Marcus, Sadly Robert Circan died of wounds received leading his men into action at Montdidier on 28th March 1918. He now lies in a small cemetery at Ognon Oise. I have visited his grave many times
  12. Jim W.

    Xmas wishes

    Dear friends, i have not been active much in our hobby as currently I am going through what has become an incredibly nasty divorce and was at one point going to see my collection , which I have collected for over 30 years, decimated by greed and dishonesty. Despite this, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2019. I do hope to become more active on the forum within the next few months Regards Jim
  13. Just visited the tank again. My last visit was 26 years ago
  14. These 2 arrived this morning. The first is cased and marked KAG, the second is a copper centre Jim
  15. Jim W.

    Is it just me?

    i have just read a thread over on WAF and I have never seen so much arrogance and disrespect shown to a fellow collector by a "self considered" world expert on a collecting subject. Will someone please tell me that its not just me who feels like this..How can 2 forums who share the same passions be so different? If it wasn`t for estand and the Imperial section I don`t think i would visit that place again. There are some great members over there but the atmosphere is spoilt by some self opinionated, arrogant individuals who have no respect for other "lesser" collectors and seem more intent on belittling collectors rather than help them. Thankfully HWMF is a totally different environment. Rant over and I feel much better now Jim
  16. Great pieces and a very generous gift. Thanks for showing Richard Jim
  17. That is a very nice pick up Graham.Nice to see with a photo of the ship as well. Thanks for showing it Jim
  18. Worth keeping on the forum for others to identify from I think Justin
  19. What is the size of this piece?
  20. I wouldn`t bother Greg. I have the revised edition from 1987. The information is available elsewhere and the books are expensive Jim
  21. Jim W.

    Just overjoyed

    Great news Justin. I can just imagine how you felt about losing the package. Looking forward to you posting your new arrivals Jim
  22. Jim W.

    Iron Cross

    Tree bark does like that doesn`t it
  23. Jim W.

    Iron Cross

    Thanks Justin. The KC is a micro 800 S &L and the DKiG is a Zimmermann. The Knights Cross came from a dealer I have dealt with for many years and came direct from the family.It was a posthumous award hence its superb condition. Jim
  24. SA badges I think are a great design .
  25. Jim W.

    I propose a toast!

    I love those Richard.