Order of Azad Hind, Leader in Battle (Sardar-e-Jang), Civil Division, I Class Star (for non-combatant service)

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SKU: 01.IND.0101.102.01.001

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD

  • I Class Star (for non-combatant service, without swords) Obverse
  • I Class Star (for non-combatant service, without swords) Obverse
  • I Class Star (for non-combatant service, without swords) Reverse
  • I Class Star (for non-combatant service, without swords) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    India
  • Composition
    Silvered Tombac/Gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: [AZAD HIND]
  • Size
    60x60mm
  • Version Remarks
    The reverse features a stamping of the maker's mark "RUDOLF SOUVAL - WIEN VII."
  • Image Licensing
    https://www.emedals.com/europe/germany/third-reich-army-awards/awards-of-foreign-volunteers/an-order-of-azad-hind-by-rudolf-souoval-first-class-star

Physical Description and Item Details


An Order of Azad Hind by Rudolf Souoval; First Class Star - Pin back, marker marked "RUDOLF SOUVAL - WIEN VII," in silvered tombac, partially gilded, head of a tiger separately attached (as it should be on original War time examples), measuring 60 x 60 mm, in extremely fine condition. The Azad Hind decorations were instituted by Subhas Chandra Bose while in Germany, initially for Azad Hind Legion, to be awarded for gallantry in the field of battle. Both Indians and Germans were eligible for the decorations. Later, the same awards were instituted by the Azad Hind government for the Indian National Army during its campaign in South-east Asia. Rare.

History


The Order of Azad Hind was instituted by Subhas Chandra Bose in 1942. The Order is conferred in 5 Classes, plus a Grand Star, to Indian volunteers fighting with the Germans during the Second World War. The Order was later extended to reward members of the Indian National Army (INA) for service in the South-East Asia Campaign. German personnel may also be eligible for the award. The Order is no longer in existence.

The Leader in Battle (Sardar-e-Jang) is awarded as the second highest military honour of the Azad Hind government.

There are 2 versions of the I Class Star. Stars awarded in recognition of acts of combat valour feature a design of swords, while non-combatant service is denoted by the award of a Star which does not feature swords.

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