S CARCE ORIGINAL 1 930S NAVAL ACADEMY SHORT RANGE BATTLE PRACTICE GREAT GUNS MEDAL, SPLIT WRAP BROOCH. RIBBON DRAPE TESTED UV NEGATIVE. During the early 1930s the Navy perceived the need to recognize 1st and 3rd Class Midshipmen in the Naval Academy, who had manned vital big gun turret positions as a gun pointer or gun captain during summer training cruises. In order to recognize the Gunnery achievements of the individual Midshipmen, and to encourage Naval Gunnery at Annapolis, the Superintendent of the Naval Academy Thomas C. Heart suggested to the Navy Department that an award be created for those Midshipmen who had qualified on their summer cruises. The Short Range Battle Practice Medal commonly called the Great Guns Medal was approved on January 11th 1934 by the Secretary of the Navy Claude A. The Navy contracted one of its oldest trusted firms, Bailey Banks and Biddle Company to produced the medal. The 1st awards of the Great Guns Medal were issued to Midshipmen on May 1st 1935. It was only authorized to be worn on the Midshipman’s uniform while he attended the Naval Academy. The last awards were issued to the Third Class-men of the Class of 1943, for their summer cruise in 1940. By 1944, the medal was no longer issued and it faded into obscurity. For the 7 years the Naval Academy awarded this medal, it has been estimated that only 500-600 were issued, making it one of the rarest and elusive United States Naval medals. The Great Guns medal was designed with similar style, and size, as the Navy Expert Rifleman, and Pistolshot medals. It is figure 8 shaped with the top smaller circle containing a large letter E surrounded by 13 stars. The bottom larger circle border is traditionally roped, with the center displaying a warship in raised relief firing its main battery. Along the bottom curved edge of the medal, “UNITED STATES NAVY” is inscribed in raised relief. The reverse was issued blank, however a few examples are known to be engraved with the recipients name. The medal ribbon drape made of Navy-blue silk is 1-3/8 inch wide, with five narrow 3/32 inch, yellow stripes, being 9/32 inch from each other and from the edges. The type-3 medal was stamped BB&B BRONZE at the 6-oclock position. The final, type-4 medal was not stamped with the manufactures maker mark and left completely blank. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you! The item “1930S NAVAL ACADEMY SHORT RANGE BATTLE PRACTICE GREAT GUNS MEDAL (1 OF 600)” is in sale since Wednesday, April 21, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “medal_mulisha_store” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Navy photo album of Philip Whitman while aboard the USS Augusta in China, French Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia), Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, and Bali. 563 photos on 78 pages. The photo album documents the ships time in the Far East during and after its involvement in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Well over half of the album photos were taken in China, with approximately 75 from French Indochina (Vietnam & Cambodia), and 38 from Thailand. Many of the unidentified photos are likely China. Chinese cities include Shanghai (including Hangkou, a district in Shanghai), Peking (Beijing), Tsingtao (Qingdao), Qinhuangdao, Chefoo (Yantai), and Weihaiwei (Weihai). French Indochina cities include Haiphong, Siem Reap, Hanoi, and Saigon. Thailand photos are from Bangkok. Additional photos from the Philippines, Bali, and Singapore. Nearly 60 of the China photos depict the effects of the ongoing war including bombings, ruins, torture & executions of Japanese, etc. Beautiful Chinese silk hand embroidered designs on the front and reverse, protected with a clear plastic album covering. The artist has signed their work at the top of the Peking Temple of Heaven (see second to last photo). The protective tissue between each page alternates with different colors including light green, pink, purple, light yellow, dark pink, red, etc. The first 55 pages are mostly annotated. The last 20 pages are not. There are a half dozen spots where photos are missing. This is how I acquired the album. The USS Augusta (CL/CA-31) was involved in a tragic event on August 20, 1937. A Chinese anti-aircraft shell fell onto the deck amidst a group of sailors, killing Seaman 1st/Class Freddie John Falgout and wounding 18 others. As the flagship of the Asiatic fleet, USS Augusta had sailed to Shanghai to observe the Sino-Japanese hostilities and to protect American interests there. The cruiser had sailed to Shanghai a few days after Chinese and Japanese forces started to battle for control of the city near the middle of August. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman under wartime conditions. Extensive information can be found online. Whitman (1919 – 2019) of Fair Lawn, New Jersey served with the U. Navy from 1937 to 1941, first on the U. Saratoga and then on the U. Philip then was a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot. He was shot down on his fiftieth mission and became a German Prisoner of War. Philip was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Purple Heart. CONDITION: All photos are Excellent with the exception of the color Great Wall of China image that is glued inside the back cover. It has a 3 1/2 inch repaired vertical tear at the top left. The loose 8×10 photo of the group of officers also in the back has several creases. Cover is Very Good++ with some light wear. SIZE: Measures approximately 11 5/8 x 17 inches overall. The item “USS Augusta in China Far East Battle of Shanghai 193741 Photo Album 563 Photos” is in sale since Tuesday, February 23, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Other Antique Photographs”. The seller is “abvintagephotos” and is located in Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: Asia
- Date of Creation: 1937-1941
- Photo Type: Gelatin Silver
- Subject: Military & Political
- Original/Reprint: Original Print
#31 POLAND POLISH ORDER OF THE VIRTUTI MILITARI, #492, 5th class Type I medal. Silver gilt worn, perfect enamels. Awarded to St Sierzant Jan Bartos on May 17th 1921 who was attached to the 9th Pilsudski Legion Infantry Regiment. It was awarded for the Polish Soviet War one of the greatest historical battles which changed world history resulted in the 2nd greatest Polish military victory after the Battle of Grunwald. Sgt Bartos was one of the first to be decorated with the re-instituted VM. Very rare original, 1st type VM. This is an official government issue. Mounted on an new replacement ribbon. Only a fraction of these 9,999 awarded VMs survived today. Its historical value is beyond price. See Wesolowski pages 221 and 378, Sikorski page 108 and Stela books. The free listing tool. The item “#492 Jan Bartos POLAND ORDER VIRTUTI MILITARI, Type I, for Battle of Warsaw 1920″ is in sale since Sunday, January 12, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “polishmilitaria” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Poland
Vintage Japanese Army soldier signed battle flag. It has Mt Fuji painted on it and measures 27 by 39 inches. Has some stains, but still in great condition. All our items come from estate sales, yard sales, flea markets or places that we have traveled. All Japanese items come directly from Japan. Feedback will be left once feedback is received. We are a smoke free home, but many of the items were acquired from homes that may have smoked. These are collectables that I sell to be displayed. Most uniforms are tailored to the individual that owned it. The item “Vintage Japanese Army Signed Battle Flag” is in sale since Saturday, April 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “military_packrat” and is located in Muscatine, Iowa. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan
This is an original 1939 Japanese Army soldiers signed & stamped battle flag. It measures 27 by 32 inches, has several holes and stains, but still a great old flag. All our items come from estate sales, yard sales, flea markets or places that we have traveled. All Japanese items come directly from Japan. I lived in Japan for 8 years and collected several nice pieces. Feedback will be left once feedback is received. If you get it dry cleaned or repaired prior to contacting me once. We are a smoke free home, but many of the items were acquired from homes that may have smoked. These are collectables that I sell to be displayed. Most uniforms are tailored to the individual that owned it. The item “1939 Japanese Army Soldiers Signed & Stamped Battle Flag” is in sale since Sunday, November 4, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “military_packrat” and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Bahamas.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan