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USSR WW2 medal for the Defense of Stalingrad – Variation 2

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With a little over three quaters of a million examples of the Defence of Stalingrad medal produced by the USSR this is an easily obtainable medal. There are currently two known variants, Variation 1 being 1940’s issue and discernable in part by a seperate eyelet, and Variation 2 shown here which is from the 50’s onwards and incorperates the eyelet into the stamping of the medal.

The cream, red, cream ribbon is easily discernable as the Stalingrad campaign medal BUT is very similar to the Defence of Kiev medal ribbon. The Kiev medal has a white / silver line of equal thickness running alongside the Red line.

Interesting to note is that Awardees of the medal could be civilians in addition to the “standard” military and police / NKVD recipients. This is an indication of the “total defence” that was necessary to maintain Stalingrad within Soviet hands.

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Soviet Stalingrad medal obverse

A heavily worn exampe of the Soviet Defence of Stalingrad medal obverse depicting a line of soviet soldiers ready to engage / stand fast superimposed upon the red banner with clouds tanks and fighter aircraft forming the background. “For Defence” and “Stalingrad” in Cyrillic lettering are divided by the soviet star in the 12 o’clock position.

Reverse of the Soviet WW2 Defence of Stalingrad medal

Reverse of the Soviet WW2 Defence of Stalingrad medal. Here it can be clearly seen that the eyelet is cast as part of the meda during the manufacturing process as opposed to Variant / Variation 1 where the eyelet is soldered as an independent part to the medal.

 

Reverse of the Pentagonal hanger with the cream red cream stripe denoting the defence of stalingrad

Reverse of the Pentagonal hanger with the cream red cream stripe denoting the defence of Stalingrad.

 

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