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Cross of Valour (Krzyż Walecznych) – Pre-WW2 Types

Article about: by IvanPutski Here's another little tidbit on that cross.... It was awarded to a fighter pilot. Hello Ivan, OK, the suspense builds . . . so now how about giving us the name? The award lists

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    Hello guys and gals,

    One of the best acquisitions of 2016 came late in the year, arriving this past week after a month long journey: KW #3231. The 231st of 40,000 large Type 1 pattern crosses produced by Jan Knedler after the initial government order of 3000 crosses from the factory of Albin Różycki was filled. (Click on pics for magnified view)

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    Now to move to the main story. This acquisition has resulted in the reunion of two siblings after 95 years. And a joyful reunion it is, for several reasons. This marks the first time I have encountered consecutive numbered crosses, and thankfully both have survived in good condition:

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    But, what elevates this pairing to a special level is that these two siblings are actually only half-brothers. Brothers from a different mother, as it were. Each cross is the product of one of the two stamping dies prepared for the Knedler run of Type 1 crosses. Cross #3241 is a rarely seen product from “Die 1”, damaged early in the production run and retired prematurely. This and some of the differences between the two dies are discussed in post 247 above.

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    Several minutes with the Vernier caliper:

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    Lastly, has anyone seen a tighter union of the tongue-in-groove ribbon ring joint?

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    Cheers,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Tony, I congratulate you on a great purchase!

    Best regards, Sergei

  3. #253

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    Tony.

    Many congratulations on your acquisition.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Antos !

    Congratulations . It's the best I've seen

    Regards

    Robek

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    Quote by A.J. Zawadzki View Post

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    Congratulations on your acquisition Tony. Miracles do happen

    Best wishes,
    Kosa

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    Nice one, Tony

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    Hello Everyone,

    Whilst researching something unconnected I came across the following information and photograph :

    British Recipients of the Cross of Valour listed in Army Orders in 1921 list the following officers :

    General William Edmund Ironside KW x 4

    Major Lorne-Bell KW x 1

    Captain C Leveson-Gower KW x 1

    Captain Gielgund KW

    Members of the American Armed Forces also awarded the KW in 1921

    Colonel Lee-Hart KW x 2

    Major Coolidge KW x 2

    Major Halliday KW x 1

    Major Behen KW x 1

    Major Plankers KW x 1

    Captain Van-Vert KW x 1

    Lieutenant Thonan KW x 1

    French recipients of the KW include the following :

    President Raymond Poincare KW x 3

    Prime Minister George Clemenceau KW x 3

    Director of the Y.M.C.A. A Maples KW x 1

    Marshal Ferdinand Foch KW x 4

    General Archinard KW x 4

    General Bonnin KW x 4

    General Castelnau KW x 4

    General Dupand KW x 4

    Colonel Felix Joseph Musse KW x 1

    General Belin KW x 3

    General Augier KW x 3

    General Buhler KW x 3

    General Bernard KW x 3

    General Dehaye KW x 3

    General Lambieble KW x 3

    General Modelon KW x 3

    General Viard KW x 3

    Captain René Paul Fonck KW x 1 Numbered : 37047

    I was also surprised to come across some Canadian Officers awarded the KW in 1921 also :

    Major Bramfitt KW x 1 (Could be Major George Neville Bramfitt) ?

    Major A C Kirk KW x 1

    Major Kendryk KW x 1 (Kendrick) ?

    Major M Madil KW x 1

    Captain W Lewis KW x 1

    Captain Smith KW x 1

    Lieutenant Perry KW x 1

    Sergeant Major Nobel KW x 1

    Sergeant Major Ranson KW x 1

    To end with a photograph taken 25th May 1938 at the Eaglet Cemetery in Lwow of French Military Attache Felix Joseph Musse KW x 1

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    Best wishes

    Andrzej

    p.s. if there is anyone who can add any further information please do so.

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    I would like to show you first page from my calendar and the cover. Every month I will add one page on Warrelics forum. The calendar includes six pages with Cross of Valour (odd months) and six pages with a Virtuti Militari Cross (even months). All calendars were sold in Nov/Dec 2016

    Kind regards
    MARYNARZ
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    After Tony correctly identified my Bertrand I thought I's post some more recent pics for perusal.

    Regards
    Stefan

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    Hello Everyone,

    Whilst doing a little surfing yesterday I came across the following which I thought I would share with you all

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    KW Legit awarded to Kpt.pil. Edwin Lawrence Noble

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    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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