History Main / ChestOfMedals

24th Jan '16 6:08:52 PM bombadil211
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* [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/08/c9/77/08c977cdb9fc600c679ae6efc8f09a4d.jpg Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten]] wore 13 rows of service ribbons that rose so high that his dolphin badge was practically on his shoulder. [[http://www.mylusciouslife.com/wp-content/uploads/galleries/post-20868/full/Admiral%20Lord%20Louis%20Mountbatten.jpg When wearing his decorations as medals]], the bar actually extended off his chest enough to get in the way of his left arm. Plus, he wore the badges of four chivalric orders, the Garter sash, and a number of medals around his neck.
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* [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/08/c9/77/08c977cdb9fc600c679ae6efc8f09a4d.[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Lord_Mountbatten_Navy_Allan_Warren.jpg Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten]] wore 13 rows of service ribbons that rose so high that his dolphin badge was practically on his shoulder. [[http://www.mylusciouslife.com/wp-content/uploads/galleries/post-20868/full/Admiral%20Lord%20Louis%20Mountbatten.jpg When wearing his decorations as medals]], the bar actually extended off his chest enough to get in the way of his left arm. Plus, he wore the badges of four chivalric orders, the Garter sash, and a number of medals around his neck.
24th Jan '16 6:07:14 PM bombadil211
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* Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten wore 13 rows of service ribbons that rose so high that his dolphin badge was practically on his shoulder. When wearing his decorations as medals, the bar actually extended off his chest enough to get in the way of his left arm. Plus, he wore the badges of four chivalric orders, the Garter sash, and a number of medals around his neck.
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* [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/08/c9/77/08c977cdb9fc600c679ae6efc8f09a4d.jpg Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten Mountbatten]] wore 13 rows of service ribbons that rose so high that his dolphin badge was practically on his shoulder. [[http://www.mylusciouslife.com/wp-content/uploads/galleries/post-20868/full/Admiral%20Lord%20Louis%20Mountbatten.jpg When wearing his decorations as medals, medals]], the bar actually extended off his chest enough to get in the way of his left arm. Plus, he wore the badges of four chivalric orders, the Garter sash, and a number of medals around his neck.
17th Jan '16 10:04:44 PM dmcreif
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* [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYC police officers]] have a huge number of various medals attached a bar that holds their badge on their chest. It's kind of ridiculous that you have trouble finding the badge among the giant square on their chest. The most recognisable one is also one of the simplest; a gold 'WTC' on a black blackground, indicating a 9/11 first responder.
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* [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYC police NYPD officers]] have a huge number of various medals attached a bar that holds their badge on their chest. It's kind of ridiculous that you have trouble finding the badge among the giant square on their chest. The most recognisable one is also one of the simplest; a gold 'WTC' on a black blackground, indicating a 9/11 first responder.
12th Jan '16 4:31:41 PM Jake
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* A variant shows up in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' with swimming champ Mark Spritz, a veteran athlete who wears a vast number of ''Olympic''-style gold medals around his neck.
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* A variant shows up in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' with swimming champ Mark Spritz, a veteran athlete who wears a vast number of ''Olympic''-style gold medals around his neck. neck. Based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Spitz a real person]], incidentally.
8th Jan '16 8:07:57 AM Doug86
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* The book ''Bellmaker'' in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series has the character Meldrum Fallowthorn ''the Magnificent'', who ''would'' be type 4 or 5, but is actually a Type 2 because he ''is'' very capable in combat, as he awards himself a medal after defeating an enemy and his chest is ''full'' of medals, though at least one of them (which he uses to assist in breaking out when the characters are thrown in prison by the villain) was given to him by someone else.
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* The book ''Bellmaker'' in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series has the character Meldrum Fallowthorn ''the Magnificent'', who ''would'' be type 4 or 5, but is actually a Type 2 because he ''is'' very capable in combat, as he awards himself a medal after defeating an enemy and his chest is ''full'' of medals, though at least one of them (which he uses to assist in breaking out when the characters are thrown in prison by the villain) was given to him by someone else.
5th Jan '16 10:23:18 PM theLibrarian
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* The book ''Bellmaker'' in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series has the character Meldrum Fallowthorn ''the Magnificent'', who is definitely type 4. However, he ''is'' very capable in combat, as he awards himself a medal after defeating an enemy and his chest is ''full'' of medals, though at least one of them (which he uses to assist in breaking out when the characters are thrown in prison by the villain) was given to him by someone else.
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* The book ''Bellmaker'' in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series has the character Meldrum Fallowthorn ''the Magnificent'', who is definitely ''would'' be type 4. However, 4 or 5, but is actually a Type 2 because he ''is'' very capable in combat, as he awards himself a medal after defeating an enemy and his chest is ''full'' of medals, though at least one of them (which he uses to assist in breaking out when the characters are thrown in prison by the villain) was given to him by someone else.
5th Jan '16 10:21:55 PM theLibrarian
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* The book ''Bellmaker'' in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series has the character Meldrum Fallowthorn ''the Magnificent'', who is definitely type 4. However, he ''is'' very capable in combat, as he awards himself a medal after defeating an enemy and his chest is ''full'' of medals, though at least one of them (which he uses to assist in breaking out when the characters are thrown in prison by the villain) was given to him by someone else.
27th Dec '15 12:51:38 AM SantosLHalper
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--->What would happen if a crocodile ate Brezhnev? The poor thing would be crapping medals for two weeks straight.
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--->What -->What would happen if a crocodile ate Brezhnev? The poor thing would be crapping medals for two weeks straight.straight.

--->What would happen if a crocodile ate Brezhnev? The poor thing would be crapping medals for two weeks straight.

---> "Did you hear that Brezhnev just got out of the hospital?" "Really? Heart trouble again?" "No, chest expansion. He's run out of room for medals."
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---> --> "Did you hear that Brezhnev just got out of the hospital?" "Really? Heart trouble again?" "No, chest expansion. He's run out of room for medals."
27th Dec '15 12:51:05 AM SantosLHalper
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* The standard in the Soviet military and political structure; if you wanted to be recognized within the high command or local Party chapter, then having more medals on your chest than a Christmas Tree has ornaments was ''essential''. Only became more common with the USSR's expanded influence after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as best shown by the North Korea shot above. For an ideology that deplores personal glory in the wake of collective effort, the commies sure loved their medals. ** This was exacerbated by the Soviet uniform regulations that ''insisted'' [[ButThouMust that you must]] wear all your decorations at once, this making the "less is more" approach practically impossible you're allowed to wear only ribbons, but still only all at once. Also, Communist ideology, at least in its Soviet version, had absolutely nothing against personal glory, it was against [[SmallNameBigEgo putting oneself above the community]], which a lot of people ''did'' get away even with [[LoopholeAbuse through clever manipulation]]. ** Also, it was a result of the fact that most Soviet orders had no classes (it being a classless society and all that), so instead you could be awarded the same order or medal several times.
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* The standard in the Soviet military and political structure; if you wanted to be recognized within the high command or local Party chapter, then having more medals on your chest than a Christmas Tree has ornaments was ''essential''. Only became more common with the USSR's expanded influence after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as best shown by the North Korea shot above. For an ideology that deplores personal glory in the wake of collective effort, the commies sure loved their medals. ** medals. This was exacerbated by the Soviet uniform regulations that ''insisted'' [[ButThouMust that you must]] wear all your decorations at once, this making the "less is more" approach practically impossible you're allowed to wear only ribbons, but still only all at once. Also, Communist ideology, at least in its Soviet version, had absolutely nothing against personal glory, it was against [[SmallNameBigEgo putting oneself above the community]], which a lot of people ''did'' get away even with [[LoopholeAbuse through clever manipulation]]. ** Also, it manipulation]]. It was also a result of the fact that most Soviet orders had no classes (it being a classless society and all that), so instead you could be awarded the same order or medal several times.

* In the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was the punchline of countless [[RussianHumour Soviet jokes]] ridiculing his love for medals, due to him being perhaps the [[MilesGloriosus most notorious Type 3 in the Soviet Union]]. He even awarded himself with the Order of Victory that should only be given to great WWII military leaders[[note]]That's a platinum star covered with diamonds and five TreasureIsBiggerInFiction sized rubies which, by law, was only to be awarded for strategic scale critical victories.[[/note]], despite his own modest WWII record. Like Georgy Zhukov, he had four Hero of the Soviet Union stars and a star of the Hero of Socialist Labour, as well as dozens upon dozens of other decorations that he, to put it mildly, [[BlingOfWar didn't entirely deserve and wore very prominently]]. After he died, [[ObviousRulePatch the rules were changed so you couldn't get awards for things like birthdays]], and his Order of Victory was specially posthumously revoked from him. In spite of all this, he's still well-regarded today. Some of the jokes include:
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* ** In the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was the punchline of countless [[RussianHumour Soviet jokes]] ridiculing his love for medals, due to him being perhaps the [[MilesGloriosus most notorious Type 3 in the Soviet Union]]. He even awarded himself with the Order of Victory that should only be given to great WWII military leaders[[note]]That's a platinum star covered with diamonds and five TreasureIsBiggerInFiction sized rubies which, by law, was only to be awarded for strategic scale critical victories.[[/note]], despite his own modest WWII record. Like Georgy Zhukov, he had four Hero of the Soviet Union stars and a star of the Hero of Socialist Labour, as well as dozens upon dozens of other decorations that he, to put it mildly, [[BlingOfWar didn't entirely deserve and wore very prominently]]. After he died, [[ObviousRulePatch the rules were changed so you couldn't get awards for things like birthdays]], and his Order of Victory was specially posthumously revoked from him. In spite of all this, he's still well-regarded today. Some of the jokes include:
27th Dec '15 12:50:33 AM SantosLHalper
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** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MarshalGeorgyZhukov_8757.jpg Marshal Georgy Zhukov]], said to be the most decorated officer in all Russian history, who earned all but one of his medals[[note]]His last Hero medal, which he received for turning sixty (which Brezhnev later adopted), as well as Operation Whirlwind, [[KickTheDog sending tanks against "counterrevolutionaries" in Hungary]][[/note]] due to FourStarBadass-worthy accomplishments not only against [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Wehrmacht]] in the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, but also against Japanese forces during the 1930s invasion of Mongolia. [[note]]Not the least of which is forcing Japan to stay away from Russia by leading the Russians alongside the Mongolians at Khalkhin Gol to beat the Japanese in 1939, and (through no actual intention of his own) convincing the Japanese generals that '''all of Russia's generals are as much of {{Four Star Badass}}es as he proved himself was against them'''.[[/note]] Did we mention that he did all of this with a Soviet military that was more or less at its ''weakest'' in its entire 70 years of history, the ranks of its experienced officers (many of whom were UsefulNotes/WW1 veterans) having been so devastated by Stalin's Great Purges in the '30s? And mostly against Stalin's ([[VetinariJobSecurity who envied him, but could not risk touching him]]) personal desire?. * In the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was the punchline of countless [[RussianHumour Soviet jokes]] ridiculing his love for medals, due to him being perhaps the [[MilesGloriosus most notorious Type 3 in the Soviet Union]]. He even awarded himself with the Order of Victory that should only be given to great WWII military leaders[[note]]That's a platinum star covered with diamonds and five TreasureIsBiggerInFiction sized rubies which, by law, was only to be awarded for strategic scale critical victories.[[/note]], despite his own modest WWII record. Like Georgy Zhukov, he had four Hero of the Soviet Union stars and a star of the Hero of Socialist Labour, as well as dozens upon dozens of other decorations that he, to put it mildly, [[BlingOfWar didn't entirely deserve and wore very prominently]]. After he died, [[ObviousRulePatch the rules were changed so you couldn't get awards for things like birthdays]], and his Order of Victory was specially posthumously revoked from him. In spite of all this, he's still well-regarded today. Some of the jokes include: --->What would happen if a crocodile ate Brezhnev? The poor thing would be crapping medals for two weeks straight. -->Yesterday, Moscow was devastated by an earthquake caused by Brezhnev's jacket with all his medals on it falling off a chair. -->Brezhnev, after receiving his umpteenth medal: Dear comrades! Enemies of the state speculate that I have a soft spot for decorations. This is an outrageous lie! Last week, I declined the highest honour of Mauritania: [[DarkestAfrica a golden ring through the nose]]. ---> "Did you hear that Brezhnev just got out of the hospital?" "Really? Heart trouble again?" "No, chest expansion. He's run out of room for medals."

* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MarshalGeorgyZhukov_8757.jpg Marshal Georgy Zhukov]], said to be the most decorated officer in all Russian history, who earned all his medals due to FourStarBadass-worthy accomplishments not only against [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Wehrmacht]] in the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar, but also against Japanese forces during the 1930s invasion of Mongolia. [[note]]Not the least of which is forcing Japan to stay away from Russia by leading the Russians alongside the Mongolians at Khalkhin Gol to beat the Japanese in 1939, and (through no actual intention of his own) convincing the Japanese generals that '''all of Russia's generals are as much of {{Four Star Badass}}es as he proved himself was against them'''.[[/note]] Did we mention that he did all of this with a Soviet military that was more or less at its ''weakest'' in its entire 70 years of history, the ranks of its experienced officers (many of whom were UsefulNotes/WW1 veterans) having been so devastated by Stalin's Great Purges in the '30s? And mostly against Stalin's ([[VetinariJobSecurity who envied him, but could not risk touching him]]) personal desire?.. ** Well, except for the ''last'' Hero medal. Which he received for turning sixty, Brezhnev-style, as well as Operation Whirlwind, [[KickTheDog sending tanks against "counterrevolutionaries" in Hungary]]. *** Technically, that was Brezhnev who received them Zhukov style - his first award came a decade later

* In the 1970s and 1980s, Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was the punchline of countless [[RussianHumour Soviet jokes]] ridiculing his love for medals, due to him being perhaps the [[MilesGloriosus most notorious Type 3 in the Soviet Union]]. He even awarded himself with the Order of Victory that should only be given to great WWII military leaders[[note]]That's a platinum star covered with diamonds and five TreasureIsBiggerInFiction sized rubies which, by law, was only to be awarded for strategic scale critical victories.[[/note]], despite his own modest WWII record. Like Georgy Zhukov, he had four Hero of the Soviet Union stars and a star of the Hero of Socialist Labour, as well as dozens upon dozens of other decorations that he, to put it mildly, [[BlingOfWar didn't entirely deserve and wore very prominently]]. After he died, [[ObviousRulePatch the rules were changed so you couldn't get awards for things like birthdays]], and his Order of Victory was specially posthumously revoked from him. In spite of all this, he's still well-regarded today. Some of the jokes include: -->What would happen if a crocodile ate Brezhnev? The poor thing would be crapping medals for two weeks straight. -->Yesterday, Moscow was devastated by an earthquake caused by Brezhnev's jacket with all his medals on it falling off a chair. -->Brezhnev, after receiving his umpteenth medal: Dear comrades! Enemies of the state speculate that I have a soft spot for decorations. This is an outrageous lie! Last week, I declined the highest honour of Mauritania: [[DarkestAfrica a golden ring through the nose]]. ** Another one, riffing on his health problems, as well: ---> "Did you hear that Brezhnev just got out of the hospital?" "Really? Heart trouble again?" "No, chest expansion. He's run out of room for medals."
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