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Japanese Surrender Documents

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis booklet, dating from 1946, is a facsimile of the surrender documents signed on the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd September 1945. These were produced by the National Archives in the US for distribution to institutions and individuals in education. I have the German ones here.


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Memorial Cross for 1940-1945

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on October 8, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsCreated on March 31, 1950 by the Executive Committee of the Dutch Red Cross. It was awarded to volunteers and staff of the Dutch Red Cross in recognition for the Red Cross work performed during the occupation period (May 10, 1940 to May 5, 1945) and the period of insurrection in the the post war Dutch colonies. For the latter there was also established a bar with the inscription “INDONESIA 1945-1950”. Approval to carry the remembrance cross on the military uniform was followed by Army Order no. 137 of May 31, 1950.

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War Commemorative Cross 1945 with Oorlogsdienst-Koopvardij 1940-45 bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on October 8, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsThis medal, from the Netherlands, was issued with a range of bars depending on the recipients theatre of service. I have quite a few of these now and I picked this one up because it had the Oorlogsdienst-Koopvardij bar which is the last of the standard bars that I didn’t have. This bar is for war services in the fishing fleet.

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The War Commemorative Cross with Oost-Azië/Zuid-Pacific 1942-1945 Bar, Oorlogsvluchten 1940-1945 Bar and Nederlandsch Indië 1941-1942 Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on August 24, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsThis medal, from the Netherlands, was issued with a range of bars depending on the recipients theatre of service. I have quite a few of these now and I picked this one up because it had the Oorlogsvluchten bar (War Flights).

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Arnhem 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Jubilee Medals with tags , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsIn 1994 this medal was distributed by the town council of Oosterbeek. Definitely an unofficial medal but you had to show you were a veteran to get one. There’s two types of “tin medals” in my humble opinion. The ones stamped out by the veterans orgs and the towns to commemorate and the ones stamped out by companies to pander to vanity and make a dollar.

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The War Commemorative Cross with Oost-Azië/Zuid-Pacific 1942-1945 Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on April 24, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsThis medal was issued with a number of bars. This one is with the Oost-Azië/Zuid-Pacific 1942-1945 bar.

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The Resistance Star, East Asia, 1942-45

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , on April 24, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NetherlandsThis is a pretty cool looking medal and a pretty rare one. It is the East Asia Star, awarded for those involved in the resistance against the Japanese occupation in the Dutch East Indies from 1942 to 1945.

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