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    1. NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS

      If you've just signed up as a member, feel free to stop in here and post an introduction about yourself, your collection, or any other information you wish to share with this community. *Posts in this forum do not increase your content count

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    2. FORUM ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Check in for announcements, important alerts, and new feature intros from the Administrators.

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    3. FORUM HELP

      Having trouble with a portion of the board? Go ahead and post it here so we can help.

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    4. SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS

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  2. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS?

      "What is it?" This is the place to ask that question about all unknown military items. Once satisfactorily identified, topics will be locked for further replies. *Please note that this board is for IDENTIFICATION HELP ONLY. Once an item has been IDed, please post a new thread in the item's appropriate board and refrain from further discussion in this board.

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    2. REAL, REPRO OR FAKE?

      It's sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, especially when you only have online photos for reference. If you have a question or suspicion, post it here and other members will try to help. 

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    3. LATEST FINDS

      Been to a sale and got a great haul to show off? Any country or multiple countries . . .  Feel free to post pics here! *Please note that ALL posts in this board are deleted 30 days after posting. Any discussion should be done in separate thread(s) posted in the proper section.

       In Memory of Bob Hudson 

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  3. UK, BRITISH EMPIRE & COMMONWEALTH NATIONS

    1. The Army

      For general discussions on the Armies, regiments and soldiers of the UK, British Empire, and Commonwealth.

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    2. The Navy & Marines

      For general discussions on the Navies and Marines across the UK, British Empire, and Commonwealth, including specific people, ships, bases and units.

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    3. The Air Force

      For general discussions on the Air Forces of the UK, British Empire and Commonwealth, including specific aircraft, squadrons, bases and people.

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    4. Wars, Campaigns & Conflicts

      For all discussions relating to military activities in war and conflict throughout the United Kingdom, British Empire and Commonwealth. Post era-related discussions in the appropriate sub-boards.

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    5. Uniforms, Insignia, Equipment & Medals

      For all discussions relating to military uniforms, insignia, equipment and medals of the UK, British Empire and Commonwealth.

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    6. Weapons, Vehicles & Tactics

      For all discussions relating to military weapons, vehicles and tactics of any era.

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    7. Researching Individual Soldiers & Sailors

      For all research regarding individual soldiers and sailors, including requests for information! Feel free to post any reviews or recommendations for books and other reference materials of interest.

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  4. GERMANY

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    3. BUNDESWEHR (1955-Today)

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the 'Bundeswehr (1955 - Today)' board.

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    4. NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE (1956-1990)

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the 'Nationale Volksarmee (1965-1990)' board.

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  5. EUROPE

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    3. FRANCE

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "France" board.

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    6. SCANDINAVIA

      For any Scandinavian nation - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Finland, and Iceland.

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    9. OTHER NATIONS OF EUROPE

      For other European nations not listed above, including Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, The Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), etc.

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  6. RUSSIA

    1. RUSSIA - IMPERIAL

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in this "Russia - Imperial" board.

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  7. ASIA

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    3. VIETNAM - NVA/VC

      Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "Vietnam - NVA/VC" board.

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    5. INDIA

      Historical and topical discussion concerning all things military in India, the Dutch East India Company, and the French East India Company. Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "INDIA" board.

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    6. OTHER ASIAN NATIONS

      Includes the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and others.

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  8. JAPAN ~ In Memory of John Egger

    1. JPN Pre-1900

      For pre-1900 militaria of Japan

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    3. JPN 1945-Present

      For all post-1944 militaria of Japan.

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  9. AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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    2. MIDDLE EAST

      Includes Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and others.

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  10. THE AMERICAS

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    2. UNITED STATES of AMERICA   (23,778 visits to this link)

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  11. HOBBIES, ENTERTAINMENT & REENACTING

    1. MODELING

      Like military models and modeling? Then this is the place for you! Share your creations, learn techniques, and just have fun!

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    2. TOYS & GAMES

      Post your military-themed toys and games! Including Toy soldiers, Soldier dolls, Board games, Spotter card games, GI Joes, etc.

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    3. REENACTING

      Are you a reenactor and want to connect with other reenactors or just share pictures and information about your reenacting group and /or impressions? Stop by here!

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    4. REPRO MILITARIA

      Want to discuss, review, or show off any repro militaria item? Post it here! Do you create repros of any militaria item? Post it here! 

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    5. BOOK REPORTS

      Got a fiction or non-fiction book you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here.

       In Memory of Roger Bender 

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    6. MOVIE & TV REVIEWS

      Got a movie or television show, series or documentary that you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here.

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  12. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE & DISPLAY

    1. DISPLAYS

      Want to post your collection so that others can see? Have a great display or a great idea for one? Feel free to post those things here!

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    2. PRESERVATION

      Have a great preservation / conservation idea or need advice on preservation / conservation? If so, then this is the place. So, go ahead and step inside!

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  13. SOCIAL MISC AND THE 'LAST CALL'

    1. TAPS: SOUNDING THE LAST CALL

      A section for members to post memorials and in memoriam posts.

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    2. EVENTS CALENDAR

      Know of a militaria show, veterans reunion, or other interesting event? Feel free to post it here.

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    3. WHERE TO VISIT

      Places to visit - whether historical sites, museums, or somewhere to go shop for militaria.

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    4. MISC MILITARIA

      Misc. Militaria and Multi-National topics. Want to discuss something that crosses over multiple Countries? Post it here!

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    5. NON-MILITARIA MISC.

      Anything that doesn't fit the above categories, feel free to post here - and that even includes movie reviews, social chat, etc. Just make sure you keep it clean though!

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  • Recent Posts

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      Hi All,   Is there any reason to doubt the authenticity of these WWI awards, or are these just not really ever faked?   To my untrained eyes, these both look safely period to me, with the exception of the ribbon on the Croix de Guerre appearing quite shiny for something over 100 years old.  Is the ribbon possibly a modern replacement, or is this just what they look like?  Under blacklight it's a little hard for me to even say whether it looks good or not.  It doesn't seem to fully luminesce, but maybe because it's already so shiny it makes the red lines pop?  (The Volunteer Combatant's Cross looks fine.)   Does the "1914-1916" on the Croix de Guerre indeed date this one as an actual 1916 piece?   Any info you could share on these would be appreciated.   Thanks!   -Bosley  
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