Collecting War Memorabilia and Medals

ORDER OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE MEDAL

Elite Militaria - Friday, January 16, 2015

This rare Order of Chivalry is one of the world's oldest Orders, it was first awarded in the year 1099 to the Knights protecting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Tomb of Jesus Christ.

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THE AIR CREW EUROPE STAR MEDAL

Elite Militaria - Friday, January 16, 2015

The Air Crew Europe Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War II. Specifically, the medal was awarded to Commonwealth aircrew who participated in operational flights over Europe, from UK bases.

Two months operational flying was required between 3 September 1939 and 5 June 1944 in order to qualify. The 1939-1945 Star must have been earned before commencing qualifying service for the Air Crew Europe Star. From 6 June 1944 (D-Day) operational flying over Europe qualified aircrew for the France and Germany Star.

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USA MEDAL OF HONOR

Elite Militaria - Thursday, December 11, 2014

The MOH is bestowed on members of the United States armed forces who distinguish themselves "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." Because of these conditions, it is often awarded posthumously.
Members of all branches of the U.S. Military are eligible to receive the medal, and each service has a unique design with the exception of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, which both use the Navy's medal. The Medal of Honor is often presented personally to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The Medal of Honor is one of two military neck Order awards issued by the United States as the award citation includes the phrase "in the name of Congress", it is sometimes erroneously called the Congressional Medal of Honor; however, the official title is the Medal of Honor.   ...read full article

GERMAN ORIGINAL POUR LE MERITE BY STEINHAUER & LUECK

Elite Militaria - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 A detailed and comprehensive guide on Germany's last officially made Pour Le Merite in the 1950's, this well known and historical documented Pour Le Merite made by Steinhauer & Lueck, Luedenscheid, Germany. This prestigious Order has become extremely collectable and is truly a fantastic investment as it is still very under priced.

There was a need after WWII to produce a genuine replacement Pour Le Merite for the WWI recipients of Germany's highest Gallantry Order awarded until 1918, an official replacement if you will for those German recipients who had lost, been stolen or sold their original Pour Le Merite just to survive the final destructive years of WWII Germany and after.

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POUR LE MERITE

Elite Militaria - Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Pour le Mérite, aka the Blue Max, was the Kingdom of Prussia's highest Order for acts of Gallantry in war . It was founded in 1740 by Fredrick the Great and was issued as a military award for extraordinary achievement. It was also awarded as a civil honour until 1810, then a separate civil class was created in 1842 to recognize the arts and sciences. The ironic part is it's a German award named in French and was kept that way despite the many wars fought between the two nations.   ...read full article

HOW TO DETECT FAKE COPIES OF THE US MEDAL OF HONOR

Elite Militaria - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The United States Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself " Conspicuously by gallant and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States" - because of the nature of its criteria, the medal is often awarded posthumously.

For us, military collector's of rare Orders and Medals rightly or wrongly, it is the most highly prized out of all the world's military collectables. We, here at Elitemilitaria get asked at least once a week if we have a Medal of Honor for sale, mainly from collector's in the United States, that know that it is protected under United States federal law under the Stolen valor act of 2005, with a special task force within the FBI who's sole purpose is to hunt down anyone who illegally owns or sells a Medal of Honor, the fine being $100,000 USD or 1 year jail.  ...read full article

FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION / ARMY CROIX DE LA VALEUR MILITAIRE GALLANTRY MEDAL

Elite Militaria - Monday, September 09, 2013

The French Foreign Legion Gallantry Medal was established in 1956 to reward soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving in Algeria who had committed acts of valor or gallantry in combat. Algeria was a department of France at the time, so it was not considered a declared war but peacekeeping operations on French soil. Therefore, the War Cross for foreign operational theaters, which had been awarded for valourous service in Indochina, was not considered appropriate. On April 11, 1956 Decree n° 56-371 authorized the creation of the Médaille de la Valeur Militaire and described its various grades of distinction akin the War Cross (denoted by metal stars and palms on the ribbon). It was reauthorized as a cross-shaped decoration, to put it on the same level as the Croix de guerre, by Decree n° 56-1048 on October 12, 1956.  ...read full article

SOVIET ORDER OF THE RED BANNER

Elite Militaria - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

This Soviet order was established 1 August 1924 and was the initial Soviet order awarded to military personnel who display exceptional courage, self-denial, and valour during combat.   ...read full article

WWII/1957 TYPE1 GERMAN IRON CROSS FIRST CLASS

Elite Militaria - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

WWII/1957 TYPE1 GERMAN IRON CROSS FIRST CLASS   ...read full article

WW1 BRITISH & AUSTRALIAN MILITARY CROSS

Elite Militaria - Friday, August 30, 2013

This prestigious Officers gallantry award was created in 1914 for commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captains or below and for Warrant Officers. In 1931, the award was extended to Majors and also to members of the Royal Air Force for gallantry actions on the ground.

Since the 1993 review of the honours system, as part of the drive to remove distinctions of rank in awards for bravery, the Military Medal formerly the third-level decoration for other ranks was discontinued. The MC now serves as the third-level award for gallantry on land for all ranks of the British Armed Forces.
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