Order of Azad Hind, Hero of India (Vir-e-Hind), Military Division, II Class Star (for combat service, with swords)

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SKU: 01.IND.0101.203.01.000

Estimated market value:

$1750+ USD

  • II Class Star (for combat service, with swords) Obverse
  • II Class Star (for combat service, with swords) Obverse
  • II Class Star (for combat service, with swords) Obverse
  • II Class Star (for combat service, with swords) Reverse
  • II Class Star (for combat service, with swords) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$1750+ USD

Attributes

  • Country
    India
  • Composition
    Silver/Zinc/Gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: [AZAD HIND]
  • Size
    60mm
  • Version Remarks
    The reverse features 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-second-class-star-with-case-by-rudolf-souval

Physical Description and Item Details


Second Class Star with Swords, by Rudolf Souval - In silvered feinzink, gilded center, measuring 60.25mm, marked "RUDOLF SOUVAL WIEN VII" on reverse, excellent crisp details, highlights polished, with original ribbon, in near mint condition. With case of issue with brown exterior and purple/white interior, in very fine condition. Footnote: 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.

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 Hero, or Warrior, of India (Vir-e-Hind) is awarded as the third highest decoration of the Order of Azad.

There are 2 versions of the II 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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