Finnish crosses of Mannerheim. From personal collection!
Hi experts, today I want to introduce you a very interesting Finnish badge. Its name is Monnerheim Cross or Finnish Cross of Liberty. In my collection I have three such crosses of different classes.
Order of the Cross of Liberty Fourth Class for military merit on a ribbon with the date of 1939. The Order of the Cross of Liberty was established on March 4, 1918 at the initiative of the Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Armed Forces, General, Baron Karl Gustav Emil Mannerheim (years of life; 1867-1951). It is the highest award of Finland.
Original name in Finnish; Vapaudenristin ritarikunta.
Photos of the Finnish sniper, junior lieutenant of the Finnish Army, Simo Häuhä (1905-2002), who was awarded with the Crosses of the Order of Liberty of the 3rd and 4th grade during the fighting with the USSR. The photo shows a healed injury received when a bursting bullet hit the left side of the face. During the fighting with the Red Army of the USSR, a sniper killed more than 500 people.