There are more than 10 military medals of Soviet Patriotic War, which can be divided into classic ones, customized ones, vintage ones, high-end ones and more. They are designed and made by professional and experienced military medals maker.
1) Classic Military Medals – Order of the Patriotic War
The fashion industry has an saying – “entry level and classic style”, while the Soviet union’s war of defense medals also have a classic style – Order of the Patriotic War. Order of the Patriotic War was the first medal established by the Soviet union during Patriotic War. It could be awarded to senior officers or ordinary soldiers. The middle part of the first order is made of gold and the rest is silver, and the second order is all silver. But whether the first or second order, the most center, sickle and ax relief, is solid gold.
Who can get the medal? There are some requirements in the government. For example, destroying one medium (heavy) tank or two light tanks in combat will be awarded a Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class medal; If you destroy 2 medium tanks or 3 light tanks, you will receive 1st class medal. By 1985, more than 2 million 1st medals and more than 5 million 2nd medals had been awarded in the Patriotic War. It is the most decorated medal in world history. Before 1977, all medals are handed in after awarded people died, except Order of the Patriotic War, which can be reserved as a family heirloom.
2) Customized Military Medals – Major Battle Medals
During Patriotic War, there are many medals set according to major battle. For instance, Medals – “To defend Leningrad”,” to defend Moscow “, “to defend the Caucasus”, “to liberate Prague”, “to conquer Berlin” and so on. The “guard” and “liberation” military medals, which are 32 millimeters in diameter, are made entirely of brass, and are awarded in thousands or millions of medals. Like medals to defend Leningrad, there are not only soldiers in the battle but also civilian who take care of the wounded or participate in the construction of urban fortifications. This medals are up to 1,470,000, including 15,000 children. In all, only you can do something for Leningrad, you would get one.
3) Vintage Military Medals – Historical Hero Medals
There are some red political features, such as the order of Lenin, the red star medals, the red flag medals, and some vintage stylish medals from the old days. In the extreme circumstances of the war, in order to win, the Soviet government completely abandoned ideological “prejudice” — no matter the white cat or the black cat, the good cat can catch mice. Most vintage medals are named after historical hero or combat family such as The Alexander Nevsky medals, the Kutuzov Medals, and so on.
4) High- end Military Medals – Order of Victory
The high end of the Soviet patriotic war medal is Order of Victory. The medal was awarded only to the commander of the Soviet army who finished the battle successfully and fundamentally changed the course of the campaign. The order of victory was awarded to only 17 people worldwide. The medal weighs about 78 grams in total, including 47 grams of white gold, 2 grams of gold, 19 grams of silver, 25 carats of ruby and 16 carats of diamond.
5) Universal Military Medals – Various commemorative medals
Gold Military Medals ( made by GS-JJ )
Except those medals, there are some commemorative medals, which award to those people who provide operational support. The largest are the victory medals for Germany and Japan in May and September 1945.
Therefore, when you see Russian veterans with medals on their chests on the streets of Moscow, they may be just a regular soldier in the war. In this country, those who have contributed to ending the war are rewarded and remembered.