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Article about: Hi.It's a virtuti militari thread so I'm just curious.Is that original Polish armed forces in the West virtuti with engraved 1944 date on the back? Cheers.

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    Hi Everyone,

    I found these on the internet the other night and thought that I would share them with you, paintings and photographs of General Broni Stanislaw Szeptycki.



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    1916 coloured drawing of Plk Szeptycki

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    Early 1920s photograph of General Broni Stanislaw Szeptycki

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    Another photograph of General Szeptycki

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    Painting of General Broni Stanislaw Szeptycki in the Army Museum in Warsaw

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    A photograph of General Szeptycki at his desk

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    General Broni Stanislaw Szeptycki Uniform on display in the Army Museum in Warsaw

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    Portrait of General Broni Stanislaw Szeptycki also on display in the Army Museum in Warsaw

    I sincerely hope that you all enjoy the above photographs and Paintings

    As Always Best wishes

    Andrzejku
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    Andrzejku thanks. Yes indeed, very enjoyable looking over those images. To better tie these into this thread, General Szeptycki was awarded VM # 2520. It was of the early Krupski & Matulewicz production series with the barrel suspension.

    Pictured below is a VM of this series that was twenty-eight numbers removed from Szeptyckis cross. The barrel suspensions proved to be a weakness and would frequently break off, hence the revision introduced in later series utilizing an ear that held an intermediate ring which joined the ribbon ring to the cross.

    Regards,
    Tony
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    Is #3 early Krupski & Matulewicz production?Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi Mariusz, Yes, it certainly appears to be a KiM. Is the reverse numbered?

    Regards,
    Tony
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    here it is #371
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    Hi Everyone,

    I just thought that you might like to see one of the first Virtuti Militari awards Legitymacja not numbered in the conventional way but with Roman Numerals:

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    Numbered: XI and awarded to Plk Andrzej Kopa a member of the Orders Chapter.

    Then another award Legitymacja awarded to Boleslaw Feliks Stachon

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    I hope that you enjoy them

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

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    Hi everyone,

    I just thought that I would add a photograph pf the Grave of General Brygady pil. Stachon at Breda

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    I hope that you like it

    best wishes

    Andrzejku

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    Andrzejku, I noticed from his grave marker that this Polish airman had died in 1941. This, his VM award and his rank piqued my interest and I tried to learn something about Boleslaw Feliks Stachon.

    Well turns out he was quite the famous Polish aviator, but as I don't read or speak Polish, Google Translate was of limited help. Would you provide us some background about General Stachon (who I gather was posthumously promoted to general and held the rank of colonel at his death).

    Thank you.

    But I did find this link to the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow which does have an English version. It looks interesting and has digital archives at the following address for those interested:

    Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow

  10. #120

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    Quote by Mariusz View Post
    here it is #371
    Interestingly, I used to own this VM with a damaged suspension, also #371. It is a Knedler pattern replacement whereas yours is the government issue cross.

    Regards,
    Tony
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