Collecting War Memorabilia and Medals

ORDER OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION - SOVIET

Elite Militaria - Friday, August 30, 2013

The Order of the October Revolution ( Орден Октябрьской Революции, Orden Oktyabr'skoy Revolyutsii) was instituted on October 31, 1967, in time for the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It was awarded to individuals or groups for services furthering communism or the state, or in enhancing the defences of the Soviet Union. It ranked second amongst the Soviet Orders, after the Order of Lenin.

The order consisted of a badge, which was a red star with golden rays between the arms; at the centre was a pentagon bearing the image of the Cruiser Aurora participating in the October Revolution. Above it was a red flag bearing the words "October Revolution" in Russian. A Hammer and Sickle emblem was placed at the bottom. The badge was worn on the left chest with a red ribbon bearing five blue stripes at the centre.  ...read full article

1957 KNIGHT'S CROSS OF THE IRON CROSS - RITTERKREUZ

Elite Militaria - Thursday, August 15, 2013

This medal/decoration was made to comply with the new German laws of 1957 Without Banned Nazi Swastika, instead showing the history revised Oak Leaf.   ...read full article

WW2 GERMAN IRON CROSS

Elite Militaria - Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Iron Cross 1st Class was a pin-on medal with no ribbon and was worn centred on a uniform breast pocket, either on dress uniforms or everyday outfit. It was a progressive award, with the second class having to be earned before the first class and so on for the higher degree    

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FAKE & GENUINE 1957 GERMAN MILITARY MEDALS BADGES

Elite Militaria - Saturday, May 04, 2013

A comprehensive guide to collecting post war German WW2 1957 De-Nazified Military Decorations, their manufacturing techniques and detecting the fakes, valuations of original TYPE 1 and TYPE 2 German decorations.  ...read full article

DETECTING FAKE AND REPRODUCTION MILITARIA

Elite Militaria - Sunday, December 02, 2012

So now that you have decided to purchase your first medal(s) or militaria for your collection, how do you choose the right seller (dealer)?   ...read full article

EDUCATION - THE KEY TO COLLECTING ORIGINAL MILITARIA

Elite Militaria - Saturday, December 01, 2012

Reference Books and the Internet: Educate yourself with reference material and real world handling of original pieces, record notes of what you see, most important study well known fake decorations. Download images from auction houses and websites. Good reference books can be expensive, some cost up to $400.AUD, but worth every cent for the serious collector. Having said this, there is a wealth of free information on the world wide net available, just by searching through Google, type in what ever you are looking, for example German Medals, Soviet Medals, British Medals, Military Orders, British Swords, German Swords etc. There are hundreds of articles written, and thousands of pictures of every medal and piece of original militaria ever made in the world. You will find precise information on the internet, sometimes even articles written by world experts to make an informed decision just by sitting at your computer. Become what you have always always wanted to be, a professional serious collector.   ...read full article