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The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

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  1. #101

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    Hello Everyone,

    I found the following photograph on the internet, which shows an investiture at the Royal Palace in Warsaw showing the President of the Polish Republic Ignacy Moscicki about to present the Grand Cross and Star in the case held by the President to French General Maurice Gamelin. Notice that General Dyw Edward Smigly Rydz is also in the photograph wearing his Grand Cross sash etc.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

    p.s. the Presidents Naval Attache is holding the Grand Cross and Sash Box.

  2. #102

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    I feel very much the odd man out because I mostly collect PRL era awards, but here is my 3rd class Polonia Restituta. Finding a 2nd or 1st class 1944 cross (and star) seems to be quite the challenge!


  3. #103

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    While you may be in sparse company here, the numbers of PRL collectors are increasing and consequently the market value of the militaria of this era. The 1st and 2nd Classes do seem to come up for sale not too infrequently, at least from my observation, so keep your feelers out and you’ll eventually bag one or both.

    Thanks for sharing the photo, although the cross would fit better in a thread for this decoration in the PRL/LWP section that has not yet been created . . .

    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

  4. #104

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    Hello Everyone,

    A few more Foreign Recipients of the Order Polonia Restituta, which I came across on the Internet.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Romanian Ambassador to Poland General Richard Franassovici OOP Grand Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Hungarian Minister Alexander Belitska OOP Grand Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Latvian President Alberts Kviesis OOP Grand Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Washington D.C. 2nd September 1938 Polish Ambassador Jerzy Potocki presenting the OOP Grand Cross to the Chinese Ambassador Zhentug Wang.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Yugoslavian General Krsta Imiljanic OOP Commanders Cross with Star.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Latvian General Martins Penkis OOP Commanders Cross with Star.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Latvian Military Attache to Poland Pplk Gustavs Grinbergs OOP Commanders Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Estonian General Johan Laidoner OOP Commanders Cross with Star, Order Virtuti Militari Silver Cross Nr: 6087.

    I sincerely hope that you like the above photographs, please click on them to enlarge in a new page.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  5. #105

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Foreign Recipient of the OOP, found on the internet, click to enlarge in a new window

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Yugoslavian Minister General Dusan Trifunovic OOP Commanders Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    London 7th June 1945 ACM Arthur Harris after receiving the Grand Cross OOP from the President of Poland Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz also congratulating him the CinC General Tadeusz Bor Komorowski.

  6. #106

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    Hello Everyone,

    A few more Faces of recipients of the OOP found on the internet,

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Professor Jan Korwin-Kochanowski, Professor of History at the University of Warsaw Grand Cross.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Warsaw 23rd January 1938 after receiving their OOP from Marshal Edward Smigly Rydz 1863 Veterans photographed wth the CinC and Prime Minister etc.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    Warsaw Royal Palace 13th February 1937 President Moscicki presenting Professor Kaziierz Bartel wth the Grand Cross OOP.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  7. #107

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another face of a recipient of the OOP Commanders Cross shown below :

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    General Dyw Jozef Karol Latour OOP 3Kl. KN, seen at his desk in 1921, what a beard

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

    p.s. click to enlarge the photograph in a new page

  8. #108

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    Could I get some opinions on this 4th class 1918 cross?




  9. #109

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    No problems at all. A genuine example on issue ribbon. Likely a Gontarczyk product.

    Regards,
    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

  10. #110

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    Hello Everyone,

    A few photographs that I came across showing pre WW2 Recipients of the OOP:

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    11th October 1934 Warsaw General Gasiorowski awarding Estonian General Nikolai Reek ZKZ and Pplk Mansing Commanders Cross OOP.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    23rd May 1934 Warsaw General Fabrycy awarding OOP to the members of the Brazilian Military Mission Grabd Cross awarded to General Laito de Castro.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    13th July 1932 Warsaw General Fabrycy awarding OOP and KZ to members of the French Military Mission also dhown in the following 2 photographs.

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

    July 1939 Warsaw Yugoslavian Lt Commander Jerko Kracic OOP Commanders Cross.

    (double click the photographs to enlarge).

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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