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CCCP WW2 Defence of the Caucasus medal

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Type / Variant 1 of the Soviet campaign medal for the Defence of the Caucasus. Note that although the photos do not show it well (washed out to show detail) the medal is made of brass and has a rich golden tone to it.

Identified as type 1 due:

No rifle on soldiers in APC (Type 2)
and
No Oval ring (Type 3 or Voenkamat issue)

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Defence of the Caucasus medal Obverse

The obverse of the Defence of the Caucasus medal depicts in bronze Soviet tanks and Aeroplanes protecting the oilfields in the lee of Mount Elbrus. Ornately borded by a ring of Grapes and Flowers (common to the region) the text, in relief, roughly translatetes to “Defence of the Caucasus”

Soviet Caucusus medal Reverse

Soviet Caucusus medal Reverse with the typical inscription “Defence of our motherland” below the crossed hammer and sickle.

Traditional pentagonal ribbon mount

Traditional pentagonal ribbon mount

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