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  • (24/08/08) There is a reference to the (British) Miltary Cross as a 'third-level' award. There is nowhere which seems to define what a first-, second-, third- ot other- level decoaration might be in each of the probably 300+ countries which make such miltary awards. Follow-up question - are there any countries without a military force OR who do not make military awards. Salisbury-99 (talk) 11:36, 24 August 2008 (UTC) About 25 or so years ago, some British writers began using ‘level’ to describe ‘rank’ or ‘degree’ of award subsets. Thus for operational gallantry awards for officers, the first ‘level’ was the VC, the second ‘level’ was the MC and the third ‘level’ was the MID; in the 1994 changes, officers and other ranks became eligible for all gallantry awards, the first ‘level’ was the VC, the second ‘level’ was the CGC, the MC was downgraded from second ‘level’ officer’s award to all ranks third ‘level’ and the MID was the fourth Level. There is no support for the use of the words ‘level’ or 'rank' or 'degree' in either the individual warrants for these awards or in the Order of Wear, it may have value in describing a subset but the Wikipedia chart for British ODMs lists the BEM as ‘level’ 3B. Since GBE, KBE and DBE, CBE, OBE, MBE are higher than the BEM I would have thought the BEM was sixth level. Anthony Staunton (talk) 14:55, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
    • These "levels" only apply to gallantry decorations. When it was awarded for non-combat gallantry, the BEM counted as a third-level decoration (after the GC and GM), as did the CBE, OBE and MBE (since which one you got was determined by your rank alone and not by the level of gallantry involved). All were later replaced by the QGM. Also, the MC was never a second-level decoration, since in practice (before the introduction of the CGC) the DSO could be awarded for gallantry (and frequently was, despite received wisdom to the contrary). -- Necrothesp (talk) 12:37, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
      • My answer was that it was a recent innovation not supported by either warrants or the Order of Wear. Saying it only applies to gallantry decorations eliminates the DSO which was for distinguished leadership in action to senior commanders, it is not a gallantry award although 20% of DSOs were awarded to junior officers for gallantry. Putting the DSO and MC as separate and distinct levels suggest a precision that never existed. Anthony Staunton (talk) 15:42, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
        • I quite agree it's not supported by anything official. However, it is certainly not true that the DSO was not in practice used as a gallantry award, as you say yourself, it was quite clearly used as the officers' equivalent of the DCM/CGM, therefore putting its award for gallantry at a level between the VC and the DSC/MC/DFC. -- Necrothesp (talk) 16:05, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
          • The DSO is a prime example of why there is no consensus on levels. I respect the view of those who equate the DSO for officers with the DCM/CGM for other ranks but that it is not my view. We do agree in answer to the original question that ‘it's not supported by anything official’. Anthony Staunton (talk) 01:05, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
  • (02/10/08) I have been adding infoboxes to many of the articles within the scope oft his Wikiproject. Scapler (talk) 11:28, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  • (20/07/09) New Public Domain attribution template: {{ACMH}} for the US Army Center of Military History (useful for US MOH citation articles, among others), relevant discussion is at [[WT:MILHIST#New Public Domain attribution template: {{ACMH}} for the US Army Center of Military History]]. Best, MLauba (talk) 16:27, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
  • (04/06/10) Awards and decorations of the British military - Similar format and layout to the USA page. Done - see Military awards and decorations of the United Kingdom. Still some work required to obtain ribbon images and create pages for linked medals. I originally set it up based on the US layout, per the original request, but I don't like this layout as it makes it difficult to do update edits. I am going to change it to vertical in line and add some columns to allow for establishment date and eligibility period (currently this info is wrapping around which is untidy). Done (05/06/10) AusTerrapin (talk) 00:49, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
  • (04/06/10) I am proposing a modification to the project banner to provide for page categorisation similar to other project banners. See talk page for more details. AusTerrapin (talk) 01:04, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
  • (27/12/10) I've started filling the gaps on the different sections/countries, after I'll start to add more info from my database to the articles with poor info. Billybradshaw (talk) 13:11, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
  • (15/01/12) Upgrades to the following articles featuring many new awards and relevant data:

Awards of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of Russia
Awards of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia
Awards and Emblems of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Fdutil (talk) 23:27, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

  • (20/01/12) 2 New articles!

Awards of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
Awards of the Federal Protective Service of the Russian Federation
Fdutil (talk) 17:49, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

  • 30/01/12) Multiple STUBS devellopped into articles:

Order of Alexander Nevsky
Order of Zhukov
Order of Suvorov
Order of Ushakov
Order of Kutuzov
Order of Nakhimov
Order of Courage
Order of Military Merit (Russia)
Order of Honour (Russian Federation)
Order of Friendship
Order of Naval Merit (Russia)
Order of Parental Glory
Order of St. George
Order of St. Andrew
Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Fdutil (talk) 03:41, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

  • 02/02/2012 Major upgrades to

Cross of St. George
Ribbon of Saint George
Fdutil (talk) 03:12, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

New article Medal of Suvorov
Fdutil (talk) 01:59, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

New article Medal of Nesterov
Fdutil (talk) 22:51, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 05/02/2012 New articles

Medal of Pushkin
Medal For Life Saving
Fdutil (talk) 19:33, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Medal For Distinction in Protection of the State Borders
Medal For Distinction in Protection of Public Order
Fdutil (talk) 00:15, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Serious upgrade to Defender of Free Russia Medal
Fdutil (talk) 01:50, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 17/02/2012 Five new articles!

1:Jubilee Medal "300 Years of the Russian Navy"
2:Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow"
3:Medal 100 Years of the Trans-Siberian Railway
4:Medal "In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg"
5:Medal "In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan"
Fdutil (talk) 02:32, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 18/02/2012 New articles =

1:Jubilee Medal "65 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
2:Jubilee Medal "60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
3:Jubilee Medal "50 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
Fdutil (talk) 17:40, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Developped article from stub/list to actual article Hero of the Russian Federation
Fdutil (talk) 22:36, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

1:Honoured Military Pilot of the Russian Federation
2:Honoured Military Navigator of the Russian Federation
3:Honoured Military Pilot of the USSR
4:Honoured Military Navigator of the USSR
Fdutil (talk) 22:45, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 23/02/2012 New Articles

1: Honoured Test Pilot of the USSR
2: Honoured Test Navigator of the USSR
Fdutil (talk) 02:40, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 24/02/2012 New articles:

1: Honoured Pilot of the USSR
2: Honoured Navigator of the USSR
Fdutil (talk) 04:31, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 25/02/2012 Upgraded and reformatted:

1:Hero of Socialist Labour
2:Mother Heroine
3:Order of Glory
- New article Honoured Inventor of the USSR
Fdutil (talk) 15:54, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 26/02/2012 New articles:

1: Medal "For Distinction in Military Service"
2: Medal "For Strengthening Military Cooperation"
Fdutil (talk) 20:17, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

1: Medal "In Commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow"
2: Medal "In Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of Leningrad"
and a new article Medal "In Commemoration of the 1500th Anniversary of Kiev"
Fdutil (talk) 02:02, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

  • 29/02/2012

1: Stub to article - Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Soviet Militia"
2: New article - Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
3: New article - Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
Fdutil (talk) 03:44, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

  • 01/03/2012 New articles:

1: Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
2: Medal "Veteran of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
3: Jubilee Medal "XX Years of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army"
4: Jubilee Medal "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy"
5: Jubilee Medal "40 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
6: Jubilee Medal "50 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Fdutil (talk) 23:01, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

  • 02/03/2012 New Articles:

1: Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
2: Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Fdutil (talk) 03:28, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Stub to article = Medal "For the Defence of Leningrad"
Stub to article = Medal "For the Defence of Sevastopol"
Stub to article = Medal "For the Defence of Odessa"
Stub to article = Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad"
Fdutil (talk) 18:15, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

  • 04/03/2012

Stub to article = Medal "For the Defence of Moscow"
New article = Medal "For the Defence of the Caucasus"
Fdutil (talk) 15:50, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

  • 05/03/2012 New articles

1: Medal "For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic"
2: Medal "For the Defence of Kiev"
Fdutil (talk) 22:58, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

1: Medal "For the Capture of Berlin"
2: Medal "For the Capture of Vienna"
3: Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"
4: Medal "For the Capture of Budapest"
Fdutil (talk) 22:22, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

  • 08/03/2012 New articles & upgrades:

1: Medal "For the Liberation of Prague"
2: Medal "For the Liberation of Warsaw"
3: Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade"
4: Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
Fdutil (talk) 04:02, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

1:Order of the Red Banner
2:Order of the Red Star
3:Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary since the Birth of Vladimir Il'ich Lenin"
4:Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
5:Jubilee Medal "Thirty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
6:Jubilee Medal "Twenty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"
Fdutil (talk) 18:25, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Upgraded Medal "For Distinction in Guarding the State Border of the USSR" from STUB to Article
Created Medal "Partisan of the Patriotic War"
Also transferred a few hundred awards from Russian and Ukrainian articles to related English language articles with proper links to each individual awards' article.
Fdutil (talk) 03:24, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

New article Medal "For the Development of Virgin Lands"
Added multiple new medals to Awards of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

Fdutil (talk) 02:52, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

  • 21/04/2012
New article Medal "For Construction of the Baikal-Amur Railway"
Upgrade to Medal "Veteran of Labour"
Transferred a few hundred awards from Russian and Ukrainian articles to related English language articles with proper links to each individual awards' article.

Fdutil (talk) 18:26, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Gbawden (talk) 10:54, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

  • 26/04/2012 Reformatted the South African medal Nkwe_ya_Selefera with clearer section and layout - this will become a standard layout as i go through the other medals. Comments and input welcomed
Nice work, the article looks really good! Fdutil (talk) 23:57, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Anyone with an interest in South African medals, I would appreciate any help adding to it. Going to be hitting the reference books later Gbawden (talk) 07:50, 7 May 2012 (UTC) 7 May

Commemorative Medal for Foreign Operations or Missions
Cross of Honour for Military Service Abroad
Medal of Military Merit (Belgium)
Volunteer Combatant's Medal 1914-1918 Fdutil (talk) 20:57, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
  • 28 May 2012 - Cleaned up and expanded the following articles dealing with Belgian awards:
Military Decoration (Belgium)
Croix de guerre (Belgium) Fdutil (talk) 01:57, 29 May 2012 (UTC)
Created article 1914-1917 African Campaigns Commemorative Medal
Created article Yser Medal
Expanded article Volunteer Combatant's Medal 1914-1918
Created article 1914-1918 Commemorative War Medal
Created article Deportees' Cross 1914-1918
Expanded article King Albert Medal
Created article Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 (Belgium)
Created article Civilian Disobedience Medal
Created article Political Prisoner's Cross 1940-1945
Expanded article Commemorative Medal of the War 1940-1945
Expanded article Civic Decoration (Belgium)
Created article Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal
Created a dozen stubs on Belgian ODMs soon to be expanded

Fdutil (talk) 16:38, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 3 September 2012
Expanded stub into article 1940-1945 Military Combatant's Medal
Expanded stub into article Maritime Medal 1940-1945
Expanded stub into article Volunteer's Medal 1940-1945

Fdutil (talk) 16:27, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 4 September 2012
Created article Political Prisoner's Medal 1914-1918
Expanded stub into article Commemorative Medal of the Reign of King Albert I

Fdutil (talk) 20:48, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 5 September 2012
Expanded stub into article Commemorative Medal of the Reign of King Leopold II

Fdutil (talk) 23:20, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 7 September 2012
Expanded stub into article 1870-71 Commemorative Medal

Fdutil (talk) 00:02, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 9 September 2012
Seriously expanded Croix de guerre (Belgium)

Fdutil (talk) 01:49, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 10 September 2012
Expanded stub into article Fire Cross 1914-1918

Fdutil (talk) 15:55, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 12 September 2012
Expanded stub into article Prisoner of War Medal 1940-1945

Fdutil (talk) 04:21, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 13 September 2012
Expanded stub into article Medal of the Armed Resistance 1940-1945

Fdutil (talk) 15:34, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 15 September 2012
Important expansion of Civic Decoration (Belgium)
Expanded stub into article 1940–1945 Colonial War Effort Medal

Fdutil (talk) 15:41, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 18 September 2012
I wikified this article Medals of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. At the moment it is just a list of medals and their ribbons, someone might want to expand it
I have added the WP:ODM banner and stub Gbawden (talk) 08:24, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
  • 22 September 2012
Created article 1830 Volunteers' Commemorative Cross
Expanded List of Orders, Decorations and Medals of the Kingdom of Belgium

Fdutil (talk) 03:15, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 23 September 2012
Created article Iron Cross (Belgium)

Fdutil (talk) 19:30, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 24 September 2012
Created article Commemorative Decoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the Railroads (Belgium 1834-1884)

Fdutil (talk) 03:26, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  • 7 November 2012
Created article Liège Medal Fdutil (talk) 03:35, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Created article Order of Timor-Leste and Medal of Merit (East Timor) EricSerge (talk) 05:06, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 11 November 2012
Created article Queen Elisabeth Medal Fdutil (talk) 21:48, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 15 November 2012
Created article Pro Memoria Medal. EricSerge (talk) 12:47, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 17 November 2012
Created article Escapees' Cross 1940–1945 Fdutil (talk) 23:29, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
Created article Pro Patria Medal (Poland). EricSerge (talk) 12:47, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

19 November 2012

Upgraded stub to article 1940–1945 African War Medal
Upgraded stub to article 1940–1945 Colonial War Effort Medal Fdutil (talk) 12:45, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 26 November
added Order of the Dragon King to prokects Gbawden (talk) 07:35, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 7 January 2013
Suggest article ‘Civil awards and decorations’ be deleted Anthony Staunton (talk) 13:35, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
  • 27 February 2013
Created article Order of Brilliant Star. Percus (talk) 16:31, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
  • 19 September 2013

There are proposals at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2013 September 19 to delete recipient categories, which could have general application. Please add your views. Folks at 137 (talk) 08:03, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

  • 28 September 2013
Created article Orient campaign medal Fdutil (talk) 21:54, 28 September 2013 (UTC)
  • 29 September 2013
Created article Dardanelles campaign medal Fdutil (talk) 01:54, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article Syria-Cilicia commemorative medal Fdutil (talk) 17:26, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
  • 3 October 2013
Created article Middle East operations commemorative medal (1956) (France) Fdutil (talk) 18:28, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 4 October 2013
Expanded stub into article 1939–1945 Commemorative war medal (France)
Expanded stub into article Indochina Campaign commemorative medal Fdutil (talk) 01:53, 4 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 5 October 2013
Expanded stub into article French commemorative medal Fdutil (talk) 02:50, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 6 October 2013
Expanded stub into article North Africa Security and Order Operations Commemorative Medal Fdutil (talk) 02:47, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article North Africa medal Fdutil (talk) 15:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article Medal of the Nation's Gratitude Fdutil (talk) 17:09, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article Commemorative medal for voluntary service in Free France Fdutil (talk) 22:51, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article United Nations operations in Korea commemorative medal Fdutil (talk) 01:06, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 10 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Medal for civilian prisoners, deportees and hostages of the 1914-1918 Great War Fdutil (talk) 02:28, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 11 october 2013
Expanded article Medal for voluntary military service Fdutil (talk) 19:40, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
Expanded stub into article 1901 China expedition commemorative medal Fdutil (talk) 02:14, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 12 Ocotober 2013
Expanded stub into article Morocco commemorative medal (1909) Fdutil (talk) 21:08, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 14 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Commemorative medal of the 1870–1871 War Fdutil (talk) 19:29, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 23 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Honour medal for firefighters Fdutil (talk) 01:37, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 25 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Honour medal for courage and devotion Fdutil (talk) 01:12, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 27 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Order of Agricultural Merit Fdutil (talk) 20:56, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 28 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Saint Helena Medal Fdutil (talk) 19:35, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 29 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Commemorative medal of the Mexico Expedition Fdutil (talk) 21:14, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 31 October 2013
Expanded stub into article Resistance Medal Fdutil (talk) 02:04, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
  • 1 December 2013
Expanded stub into article Medal of a liberated France Fdutil (talk) 03:33, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
  • 25 December 2013
Created article 欧洲飞行队之星奖章 Taming09:13, 25 December 2013 (UTC) In Chinese
  • 6 January 2014
Multiple new awards added to Awards of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Fdutil (talk) 02:58, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
  • 7 January 2014
Added multiple new awards to Orders, decorations, and medals of France Fdutil (talk) 22:39, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Created new article Order of Naval Merit (Brazil) Gbawden (talk) 10:42, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
  • 19 October 2014

Marcocapelle (talk) 12:42, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

  • 29 October 2014

Marcocapelle (talk) 12:42, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

  • 5 January 2015
Talk:Victoria Cross New section - VC and GC do not have equal precedence
Anthony Staunton (talk) 09:51, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 21 June 2015
Awards and decorations of the United States Merchant Marine - Folks over at Wikimedia Commons have been deleting images that used to be displayed on this page. Is this consistent with other award images? It'd be great to have images for some of these awards, the highest ones of which are valor awards, but I'm not good at making images. More info, search for Pesco ~PescoSo saywe all 01:10, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
  • 12 October 2015
Many biographies of George Cross recipients make reference to the gc-database website. The name has been bought by a finance company it has nothing to do with Marion Hebblethwaite who has written thirteen books on George Cross recipients, the reference should be replaced with George Cross Recipients Anthony Staunton (talk) 03:07, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Could somebody with special rights or access go to the article Orders,_decorations,_and_medals_of_the_Russia and rename it properly? Some individuals have seriously screwed it up to the point normal protocol won't work. It should retain it's original name List of Orders, decorations and medals of the Russian Federation. Thank you. Fdutil (talk) 20:57, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
  • 21 December 2016
Queen's Gallantry Medal The last line of this entry 'Former decorations of Australia' seems irrelevant to this entry. It opens up to 'Australian Honours Order of Precedence prior to 6 October 1992', they are not former decorations of Australia but Imperial (British) orders and decoration in which Australia was a full participant until 5 October 1992. Many of the orders and decorations are still listed in the Australian Order of Wear although if awarded after 5 October 1992 they will be treated as foreign awards. Australia like Britain has an Order of Wear not an Order of Precedence. There is a category 'civil bravery decorations' which is a made up category which would be better named 'Bravery awards' or 'Imperial (British) bravery awards' since it includes the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct which is not a decoration. You would think that the Queen's Gallantry Medal should be in this list since no less than 40 were awarded as a result of Australian Government or Australian State Government recommendations but it does include the four Albert Medals, Gold and Bronze, sea and land and the Edward Medal which were all abolished in 1971, after the New Year I will delete 'Former decorations of Australia' but would appreciate any comments in the meantime. Anthony Staunton (talk) 13:19, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Once again, multiple article titles of Russian Federation ODMs were incorrectly changed to Russia (vice Russian Federation). These are multiple repeat change to multiple articles without consensus, the award criteria (establishment orders) appearing in all Russian Federation ODM articles are translated verbatim from the original documents from the Kremlin and the Russian Gazette, ALL cite Russian Federation, NOT Russia. This is a childish political statement akin calling the Soviet Union Russia or Soviets Russians. What happened to discussion and consensus on Wiki? I would also like to point out these changes were made by someone able to do so without leaving traces to the general editorial membership. By some incredible coincidence, a very short period of time after questioning a Wiki editor on why he had done such a thing to the main article on state awards of the Russian Federation. Please sort it out among yourselves, people with such access rights. Multi year researchers/contributors should not have to lower themselves to this unnecessary childish behaviour. Fdutil (talk) 17:15, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
  • There has been an award of the UK DSC to the French town of Dunkirk for service in the Great War. This is mentioned in a few links such as This is corroborated by the appearance of the decoration in Dunkirk's full coat of arms. There is also an old newspaper article online about the award, which I cannot seem to find now. Would this qualify as a "collective" award? If so, should it be included as such in the DSC page?
  • 25 May 2017
Baronetcies conferred upon British expatriates and non-British nationals
I posed two questions at Is this a list of Baronetcies recommended by British colonies and dominions? If so the heading should be amended. Since all have the title 'Sir' it assumes all are British subjects, since all are British subjects how can any be British expatriates or non-British nationals? Anthony Staunton (talk) 23:01, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

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  • Xdamrtalk - UK and Commonwealth awards, military and civil.
  • Craigy (talk) 21:42, 10 December 2006 (UTC)
  • --Enzomartinelli 01:11, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
  • User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 01:40, 11 December 2006 (UTC) (former Soviet-era/CIS awards)
  • USer:Dowew (Canadian and Commonwealth) Dowew 08:20, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Inge 13:03, 11 December 2006 (UTC) (Norwegian medals and orders)
  • dave-- Passing interest, but I'm severely limited in time these days...
  • Ibagli (Talk) - Commonwealth (Canada and UK in particular)
  • ♪♫ ĽąĦĩŘǔ ♫♪ Walkie-talkie (Awards and decorations of the military of Sri Lanka)
  • Zain Sadullah Khan 09:15, 19 December 2006 (UTC) Civil & military awards & decorations of Pakistan
  • Chez 10:59, 20 December 2006 (UTC) (Indian honours system)
  • Superzohar Star*.svg Talk 6:02, 22 December 2006 (UTC) Awards and decorations of the Russian Federation
  • User:JAYMEDINC - My specialty in medals is challenge coins.
  • Ingsoc 00:11, 29 December 2006 (UTC) I mostly write about German and Israeli decorations.
  • Krym66 1 January 2007 (Australian Decorations and Medals)
  • Chewygum - Philippine Military Awards & Decorations
  • Dudtz 2/24/07 1:45 PM ET Russian, Soviet,and other decorations.
  • JRWalko 23:06, 2 March 2007 (UTC) - Polish civilian and military orders
  • Pesco 05:31, 7 March 2007 (UTC) - Awards and decorations of the United States Merchant Marine
  • Crested Penguin 09:50, 12 March 2007 (UTC) Australian Decorations and Medals
  • — MrDolomite • Talk 14:59, 15 March 2007 (UTC) US decorations and medals, including documents which authorize them, such as Executive Orders. See also my page on wikisource.
  • Boothferry - Soviet and Third Reich Awards along with anything else I can get my hands on!
  • Most Wanted Emo - Distinguished Flying Cross and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients.
  • PalawanOz 03:58, 1 May 2007 (UTC) - Australian, NZ, Singaporean medals and decorations.
  • Stabilo boss 15:12, 3 May 2007 (UTC) Decorations and Awards of Irish Defence Forces
  • BRI70 01:22, 11 May 2007 (UTC) Awards and decorations of the National Guard
  • Guran70 23:55, 20 May 2007 (UTC) - patrols Australian award entries for accuracy
  • JDBlues 14:47, 2 July 2007 (UTC) US Decorations, updating images with better representations
  • J S Ayer 02:13, 7 July 2007 (UTC) Broad interests; replaced Order of Charles XIII and created Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary by copying from EB1911
  • ItemCo16527 00:51, 29 August 2007 (UTC) US and British medals & ribbons, uniforms, badges, and rank & unit insignia.
  • Aarhap 08:46, 1 September 2007 (UTC) New Zealand, Commonwealth and British medals, ribbons and honours.
  • Woody 09:04, 1 September 2007 (UTC) Victoria Cross (disambiguation) and all its recipients.
  • AusTerrapin 15:42, 1 September 2007 (UTC) Australian honours system, United Kingdom honours system, United Nations peacekeeping/making medals, categorization/taxonomy
  • Leo71538 20:45, 19 September 2007 (UTC) Manager of Iran Collection.
  • Miraculousrandomness 10:48, 14 October 2007 (UTC) I have a number o soviet union ww2 medals
  • Dreadpirater 03:59, 29 October 2007 (UTC) Medals/awards of the United States Intelligence Community and Air Force
  • F4wkez 20:57, 30 October 2007 (UTC)Nordic medals mostly
  • Robert Prummel (talk) 04:50, 29 December 2007 (UTC) I wrote hundreds of articles on orders on the Dutch and other Wikipedias. I illustrated many of them with photo's from my extensive collection. I also made a lot of drawings.
    • Examples of my work: [1] all Dutch decorations, collars on [2] and [3] . Can I join?
  • Sarmad (talk) 10:33, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Royalhistorian (talk) 08:40, 18 January 2008 (UTC) My interests are in dynastic and chivalric orders. I am especially interested in Papal orders. I am also interested in the orders listed on my website at Lindgren[4] under World Orders of Knighthood and Merit.
  • Yopie 11:01, 2 February 2008 (UTC) Chivalric orders, orders and medals of Czech rep., Czechoslovakia and Slovakia.
  • Imbris (talk) -- Yugoslavian orders, frm contries also.
  • User:Byterock Commonwealth/Canadian and obscure TR awards
  • bahamut0013 United States Marine Corps and related US decorations.
  • Groovenow (talk) 18:48, 18 April 2008 (UTC) All British Commonwealth ODM, but in particular, British Victorian and Canadian medals from all periods.
  • IGuNny - Soviet Union World War Two orders, decorations, and medals.
  • Anthony Staunton (talk) 15:15, 19 May 2008 (UTC) Victoria Cross, George Cross and US Medal of Honor. Australian Honours System.
  • Demophon (talk) 15:33, 21 July 2008 (UTC) - Orders, decorations, and medals of the Netherlands.
  • Cefaro (talk) 19:05, 28 September 2008 (UTC) - Medal of Honor recipients, decorations, awards, medals and others.
  • Scapler (talk) 11:31, 2 October 2008 (UTC) - Adding infoboxes to articles
  • 95jb14 (talk) 17:38, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
  • --Arturolorioli (talk) 14:08, 5 November 2008 (UTC) Italian Medals, Decorations and orders.
  • Whoosis (talk) 12:22, 16 November 2008 (UTC) UK and Commonwealth (especially South African) medals and decorations.
  • JMesh (talk) 22:26, 19 November 2008 (UTC) Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals
  • EHDI5YS (talk) 07:10, 21 November 2008 (UTC) Authorized foreign decorations of the United States military
  • Mitch3000 10:03, 9 January 2009 (UTC) I would like to add DFC recipients from 390th BG
  • Leujohn (talk) 10:09, 13 January 2009 (UTC) US, UK, French, or Commonwealth military decorations, awards, ribbons, orders, past and present
  • Par4d0x (talk) 20:44, 30 January 2009 (UTC) Soviet Union orders, decorations, and medals.
  • Dandvsp (talk) 14:18, 2 May 2009 (UTC) Authorized foreign decorations of the United States military
  • Kernel Saunters (talk) 13:18, 1 July 2009 (UTC) British military awards
  • Caponer (talk) 01:56, 15 August 2009 (UTC) - Focused on family and military orders of Two Sicilies and Thurn and Taxis.
  • Tanzhang (talk) 23:56, 12 October 2009 (UTC) - Mainly interested in Thai and Extended Commonwealth (ie. Commonwealth + HK) Orders and post-nominal letters.
  • Outback the koala (talk) 07:48, 19 February 2010 (UTC) - Baronet related article mostly.
  • Oliver Nouther (talk) 11:19, 14 March 2010 (UTC) - British and Australian Honours and Awards, and method of wearing.
  • Kimontalk 20:16, 19 March 2010 (UTC) - Various orders and decorations in general. More focus on those of the Orthodox countries. Also, their heraldic privileges.
  • LeonidasSpartan European Medals
  • Der rikkk (talk) 09:33, 25 May 2010 (UTC) European and Israeli Medals
  • MilborneOne (talk) 18:33, 13 August 2010 (UTC) Mainly British and Empire awards and honours
  • SkibDen: Will soon add a LOT of Danish medals to Wikipedia. I have my own website, but I am moving it all to wikipedia.
  • Wustefuchs: I will write about Croatian World War II decorations and Croatian today decorations.
  • Flyguy33 (talk) 21:48, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
  • KRockefeller (talk) 00:26, 12 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Billybradshaw (talk) 27th December 2010 British and Commonwealth Medals
  • Nford24: I have an interest in Australian, Imperial and International Honours and Awards. Also The Australia Day and Queen's Birthday Honours List's. Nford24 (Want to have a chat?) 07:10, 25 January 2013 (UTC)
  • (talk) 10:17, 15 July 2011 (UTC) Interest in Order of Merit, Order of the Golden Fleece.
  • Bullmoosebell (talk) 19:08, 12 August 2011 (UTC) I'm a Combat Medic in the United States Army and I'm interested in cleaning up and creating articles on awards, decorations, badges, et cetera, to help properly reflect a servicemember's honor and lineage.
  • Mr. D. E. Mophon (talk) 07:53, 13 October 2011 (UTC) - My specialty is Dutch orders.
  • ChevronTango (talk) 21:33, 9 November 2011 (UTC) - Vector Graphics of the UK and Commonwealth awards, military and civil. Examples of my work here
  • Fdutil (talk) 23:30, 15 January 2012 (UTC) - Soviet, Russian Federation, French and Belgian awards
  • PЄTЄRS J V TALK 18:47, 22 January 2012 (UTC) - Orders of the Russian Empire (tsarist Russia)
  • Gbawden (talk) 11:48, 24 April 2012 (UTC) South African military medals
  • Bheuninckx (talk) 07:11, 29 May 2012 (UTC) Belgian and French medals
  • PunkyNZ talk New Zealand Foreign awards to New Zealanders (especially French and Greek awards).
  • Anthony Staunton (talk) 01:07, 6 January 2013 (UTC) Clarify the meaning of the non numismatic but Wikipedia invented term ‘military decoration’
  • Takvaal (talk) 15:35, 1 April 2013 (UTC) British, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish decorations
  • Qzxpqbp (talk) 03:53, 14 April 2013 (UTC) Philippine civilian honors
  • JTiainen (talk) 15:35, 4 July 2013 (UTC) Scandinavian (Especially Finnish) , German, Baltic Imperial- and Soviet Russian awards. I have hundreds of pictures on my web site and in my hard disk. Let me know how I could authorize Wikipedia to use freely any pictures needeed from http:\\
  • Kintrix (talk) 13:33, 27 October 2013 (UTC) Generally most of my experience and interest is in US Awards, in particular US DoD and State military medals, though after some recent experience I've started looking at European orders and medals as well.
  • Taming (talk) 25th DEC. 2013 UK and Commonwealth ,soviet and chinese medals and decorations.
  • Lieutenantpdg (talk)- 13 March 2011 - Philippine Awards & Decorations
  • CambodiaSocial (talk) 05:52, 8 April 2014 (UTC) - Cambodian Honors and Decorations
  • NINTENPUG 13:49, 14 June 2014 (UTC) Mostly orders
  • Tjlynnjr (talk) 23:25, 4 August 2014 (UTC) Interested in all, to include "challenge coins".
  • BoonDock - John Dovey Mostly South African and Commonwealth medals with a passing interest in the UN Medals. BoonDock (talk) 19:54, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Megan-robertson (talk) 11:07, 17 September 2015 (UTC) - owner of the Medals of the World website
  • Researcher1944 Mainly British and Commonwealth 1914 to date.Researcher1944 (talk) 13:28, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Zamorakphat (talk) 18:33, 24 February 2016 (UTC) I just really like medals
  • RevelationDirect (talk) 23:47, 20 March 2016 (UTC) Mostly in the categorization space.
  • Exemplo347 (talk) 20:00, 23 May 2016 (UTC) The 1857-59 Indian Mutiny
  • Charlesvvvv (talk) 13:12 7 July 2016 (UTC) Mainly interested in the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of the Black Eagle, and other European Orders.
  • CsikosLo (talk) 13:57, 22 July 2016 (UTC) US Army medals and awards
  • Jionunez (talk) 05:33 16 October 2016 (UTC) Particularly interested in more obscure medals and orders, especially those not limited to military personnel or heads of state.
  • Isaiasad2 (talk) 07:57, 8 november 2016 (UTC) US Medals and European Orders such as the Golden Fleece and the Garter.
  • Kiltpin (talk) 10:25, 16 November 2016 (UTC) Just general interest
  • Doctordrew Honours and Awards of the English-Speaking World (e.g. the US, UK, and Major Commonwealths)
  • Alexeinikolayevichromanov Orders and Medals from all Nations.
  • Pmt (talk) 20:20, 30 October 2017 (UTC) Medal and orders design and designers
  • GELongstreet (talk) 18:44, 3 February 2018 (UTC) - Military medals and decorations, minor fixes & additions
  • Nat965 (talk) 22:57, 9 March 2018 (UTC) - Australian and UK honours system.

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