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.
Interestingly a Plough takes the place of the sickle in the “hammer and sickle” rendering on the reverse of this Sovier jubilee medal commemorating sixty years of the Soviet armed forces.
Obverse: A soviet soldier stands in the foreground with a “thousand yard stare” whilst the backgound incorperates ICBM’s (Inter continental ballistic missiles) on the left and a submarine on the right. Above this scene two flanker interceptor jets fly in formation. The dates 1918 1978 are immediately above the submarine and in relief.
Reverse: The aforementioned plough and sickle combination sits centrally superimposed upon a lotus leaf stylized soviet star. In the backgound a standard rifle with bayonet afixed and a sabe sword are crossed. Cyrillic lettering around the edge of the obverse of the medal completes the border / framing of the central motif.
Just short of TEN MILLION of these disc type medals with their pentagonal ribbon hangers were issued by the Soviet authorities on the 23rd February 1988 to comemorate sevety years of the existence of soviet / CCCP forces. The particular example shown below includes the ribbon attacment ring where the manufacturer markings “LMD” for the Leningrad mint can be discerned.
Awarded to just about everyone “under orders” in the Soviet union on the 23rd February 1968 some almost 10 million recipients. The front of the medal depicts two soldiers in uniform of the different eras surrounded in the background by the 5 pointed red star. The reverse shows a crosssed Hammer and Plough above Cyrillic lettering and the obiquous CCCP
Soviet medal awarded to both civilian and military personal commemorating 30 years since the Victory over Germany in WW2.
CCCP or Soviet Veteran of Labour type 2 medal. Differs from the Type 1 (fabricated from solid silver) and Type 3 (plain metal obverse) examples with its blued metal obverse and construction from silver plated tombac. This is a commonly encountered medal with over 40 million issued.
South african commemorative official issue coronation medal for George 6th.
On the Obverse King George and Queen Elizabeth are shown in profile accompanied by the wording “KRONING” “CORONATION” and the date “12 – 5 – 1937” around the rim.
On the reverse two lions (Lion and lioness) are depicted together with the inscription “UNIE VAN SUID AFRIKA” “UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA”
Medal was presented to both military and civilian personel alike.
The USA was no different from other allied nations and at the end of the great war (world war one) issued an inter allied victory medal. Notable about the USA victory medal is that the USA was the only country to issue bars shwing either the zone of service or particular battles or engagements.
The 2nd world war India Service medal was awarded to Indian military personal for three years service within India whilst the war was ongoing. Those soliders in the Indian regiments deployed to overseas postings (in this case outside India) were awarded the corresponding British medals, Eg The “Burma star” for service in SE Asia.
Mess dress or Miniature medals have long been a part of the British army tradition and whilst not officially issued soldiers had to have the miniature medals on hand if they wished (or “made to volunteer” in the army sense) to attend social events. The victory medal was no exception and due to the numbers produced they are encountered frequently.