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How Medals are Made

Saturday, 3 March 2018 10:32:00 Europe/London

The commemorative medals and most replica medals supplied by Award Productions are produced using traditional methods and every care is taken to ensure that medals are produced to standards equal to or greater that those dictated by the Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom. All of Award Productions commemorative medals are die-struck or ‘minted’ in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter in a facility that dates back over 100 years and it is these commemorative medals and their latest issue, The Commemorative Allied Special Forces Medal, that feature in this article.

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RAF100 Book Review

Sunday, 11 March 2018 10:30:00 Europe/London

On April 1 2018, the RAF will commemorate its 100th anniversary. The RAF has played a prominent and vital role in the UK's defences and British Military history in the last century; at the forefront of the UK's defences. We have reviewed a couple of books paying tribute and offering fascinating insight into the RAF during its special centenary year.

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Bomber Command

Saturday, 19 May 2018 10:30:00 Europe/London

Bomber Command

RAF Bomber Command was formed in 1935 and really came under direction and influence when Air Marshal Arthur 'Bomber' Harris was appointed Commander in Chief in 1942. Under his direction, Bomber Command became a force to be reckoned with during the Second World War which significantly influenced the final outcome and Victory in Europe with raids such as the 'thousand bomb raid' in Cologne, Dam Busters and helped pave the way for the D-Day landings.

We were delighted that the driving force behind the concept of a commemorative medal for members of Bomber Command was the RAF columnist and author, Alan Cooper, who has long supported the view that veterans of this branch of the service have received inadequate medallic reward for their courage and skill during WWII. Since the striking of the first RAF Bomber Command Medal by Lady Harris and the late Air Vice Marshal D.C.T. Bennett CB, DSO, FRAeS, in April 1985, thousands of Bomber Command WW2 veterans from all over the world have applied for and received their medal.The medal is a tribute to the bravery of those who flew and to the dedication and skill of the ground crew whose contribution was so very essential.

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D-Day Anniversary

Saturday, 19 May 2018 10:30:00 Europe/London

D-Day Anniversary

6th June marked the 74th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and plans are already being made for many commemorations for the 75th Anniversary with Normandy Landings veterans being invited through the Ministry of Defence to apply for commemorations taking place in June 2019.

The Spirit of Normandy Trust has a wealth of news and information relating to the D-Day landings and commemorations. It was founded in 1994 by the late General Peter Martin CBE (former President of the Normandy Veterans Aassociation) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy campaign. The Trust has two main objectives: Benevolence and Education.

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65th Anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 10:30:00 Europe/London

On 2 June 2018 HM Queen Elizabeth will commemorate 65 years since her coronation. The Queen witnessed her father’s coronation in 1937 and this year marks 65 years since her own coronation on 2 June 1953; making it a particularly poignant and remarkable moment in royal history. This momentous day would officially mark the beginning of the longest reign in our history. and to mark this special moment in British history. AWARD is proud to announce the striking of the Queen Elizabeth II 65th Anniversary Coronation Commemorative medal.

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