AI4FR Virtual Militaria Items Tour 

Russian Items

 

Here we have a Russian "Medal for the Capture of Berlin" with issue papers. These medals were established on June 9 1945 and were awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs Troops(MVD) and State Security Committee Troops(KGB) who participated in the capture of Berlin from April 22 1945 until May 2 1945.

  

  

These next two medals are for the 40th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. On the left is the Labor version and on the right is a example of the Military version.

These medals were established on April 12th 1985 and were awarded to all servicemen and employed civilians of the Soviet Armed Forces who actively participated in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, to partisans and members of clandestine underground organizations who operated within occupied territories of the USSR, and to those previously awarded with medals "For Victory over Germany" or "Victory over Japan". 

Three variations exist for this medal. 

For military service, with the legend "To the Participant of War" on the reverse. 

For distinguished labor, with the legend "To the Participant of the Labor Front" on the reverse. 

For special military delegations arriving in Moscow to take part in the 40th anniversary celebrations, only the legend "XXX years of victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945"  appears on the reverse. All are made of Brass and 8,000,000 were issued to military participants(pictured right), 3,000,000 were issued to labor front workers(pictured left), and 5,000 to members of foreign delegations.  

On the right is a medal for Valiant Labor in the Great Patriotic War which was established on May 9 1945 and awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs Troops(MVD), State Security Committee Troops(KGB) and employed civilians( such as in military administration departments, military warehouses, etc.) who participated in the battles of the Great Patriotic War(WWII). 

What was required was a length of service of 3 months for servicemen and 6 months for employed civilians. It is made of brass and approximately 14,900,000 were issued.

On the right we have three Russian patches, they are and starting from the left, a Army Medical Division patch, a Artillery patch and a Infantry arm patch on the right.  

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