Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War

Hi experts. Today I want to show you the Soviet Order/badge, which has long been in my collection, this is the Order of the Patriotic War.

The Order was Established by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 20, 1942. Subsequently, some changes were made to the description of the order by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 19, 1943, and the statute of the order by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR of December 16, 1947.

Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War. Photo by Apolon

Who could be awarded with the order?

The Order of the Patriotic War was awarded to individuals of the rank and file of the Red Army, Navy, NKVD troops and partisan detachments, who showed courage and stamina in the battles for the Soviet Motherland, as well as military personnel who, through their actions, contributed to the success of the military operations of our troops.

The badge of the Order of the Patriotic War is an image of a convex five-pointed star covered with ruby-red enamel against a background of golden rays diverging in the form of a five-pointed polished star, the ends of which are located between the ends of the red star. In the middle of the red star is a golden image of a sickle and a hammer on a ruby-red round plate bordered with a white enamel girdle with the inscription “DOMESTIC WAR” and with a gold star in the lower part of the girdle.

Read: Part 1 of my large collection of orders and medals of the USSR (2020)

The red star and white belt have gold rims. Against the background of the rays of a golden star, the ends of a rifle and checkers are crossed, behind a red star. The butt of the rifle is turned down to the right, the hilt of the checkers is to the left down.

Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War. Photo by Apolon

Order of the II class is made of silver. Gold content in the order of the second class – 0.325 g, silver – 24.85 ± 1.352 g. The total weight of the order of the second class – 28.05 ± 1.50 g.

On the back of the order there is an inscription “Mint” and a nut for attaching the order to clothes.

Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War. Photo by Apolon

Order of the Patriotic War

Order of the Patriotic War. Photo by Apolon

Important

The Order of the Patriotic War is the first award that appeared during the years of World War II. It is also the first Soviet order to have a division into classes. For 35 years, the Order of the Patriotic War remained the only Soviet order transmitted to the family as a memory after the death of the awarded (the remaining orders had to be returned to the state). Only in 1977, the order of abandonment in the family was extended to other orders and medals.

Zhigulenko Evgenia, Hero of the Soviet Union, during the years of the war made 968 sorties.

Zhigulenko Evgenia, Hero of the Soviet Union, during the years of the war made 968 sorties.

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