"Gallipoli Star" Medal of WW I
Discovering dad's Medal was from Turkey (the Ottoman Empire)
The story about an item I inherited from my father many years ago. It is a "star brooch" and it had been worn by my mother and myself, my mom must have known, but I always thought it was just an odd looking brooch. One day I was at the Library researching my husbands Vietnam Medals...I came across a book in the reference section with all kinds of War Medals, as I was flipping through the pages my eye caught a star! I turned the page back and discovered the very "star brooch" that I had, it actually was a Turkish medal given during the Ottoman Empire during WWI. This Star Medal was awarded to my father during his wartime during WWI fighting for Germany in Turkey. My husband said, most likely there is a ribbon that goes with it...Having my dad's WWI and WWII ribbons, I checked the ribbon colors, the red and white with a moon crest insignia pin on top. There it was, the ribbon with the crest! I searched in Google for this medal, finding the informative link (site now can't be found) information also confirmed on my fathers handwritten Ahnentafel (his German Genealogy chart). On the chart it gave confirmation of the dates and names of Medals awarded. I found this to be very interesting and wanted to share this on a webpage.
My search for information on his military duties in WWII has not been successful. Having searched the Internet and many German sites, my quest has gone dry...at this point I'm not sure I'll ever find more on his war duties or genealogy...I certainly had hopes in finding this information before I meet my maker.
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WWI Ribbon with Crest for the Gallipoli Star
WWl photos of my fatherClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ottoman Empire Medal
the "Gallipoli Star"
image Hendrik Meersschaert collection
This is the Turkish War Medal of 1915....a medal referred to by a number of different informal names. The commonwealth nations often called it the "Gallipoli Star" even though it was not a campaign medal specifically for that battle. The "Iron Crescent," was another informal name, as it functioned similarly to Prussia's Iron Cross. From 1915 until the end of the war, the medal was given for acts of bravery or merit in action. Recipients of the Imtiaz and Liyakat medal were automatically eligible for this medal. The description of this medal is a star-shaped pin back badge of white metal (not iron) with a raised crescent around the bottom center, and the "Toughra" or monogram of the Sultan in the center. Flat surfaces of the badge were finished in a thin opaque red enamel. It was worn pinned to the tunic in a manner similar to the Iron Cross, and not suspended from a ribbon. When the star itself was not worn, a ribbon (red with white side stripes) was worn in the second button hole (like the Iron Cross 2nd Class)
Because the medal was frequently awarded to German and Austrian personnel who served with the Turkish forces during WW 1, many unofficial variants were made in Germany and elsewhere, of varying quality, but usually of higher quality than the originals. This difference in quality had led some early authors to speculate that there were two classes of the War Medal -- poor quality copies for enlisted men, nicer copies for officers. In fact there was only one class.
referenced from diggerhistory.com (site now can't be found)
My father -Click thumbnail to view full-size
Friends of dad's
My dad knew many famous people in his life, one of the photos above shows him on the set with silent film star Pola Negri who he had dated, the other photo is of him and the Red Baron in the plane. I wish I had more, however we lost most everything during war and some of these are what's what's left.
Gallipoli: The Turkish Story
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Originally Created 08/10/2007
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