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Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"

Medal "For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
Medal "For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" (obverse)
TypeCampaign medal
Awarded forService in the Soviet armed forces during World War II
Presented by Soviet Union
EligibilityCitizens of the Soviet Union
StatusNo longer awarded
EstablishedMay 9, 1945
Total14,933,000
Ribbon of the Medal "For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
Precedence
Next (higher)Medal "For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic"
Reverse of the Medal "For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945"
The Medal of St. George shares the same design principle as the "Victory Over Germany" medal, which features the likeness of Tsar Nicholas II, instead of Joseph Stalin

The Medal "For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" (Russian: Медаль «За победу над Германией в Великой Отечественной войне 1941—1945 гг.») was a military decoration of the Soviet Union established on May 9, 1945, by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR[1] to denote military participation in the victory of the Soviet armed forces over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.

Medal statute

The Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" was awarded to all military and civilian personnel of the Red Army, of the Navy and of the troops of the NKVD who were directly involved on the different fronts of World War II and ensured victory through their work in the various military districts; to all military and civilian personnel who served during the Great Patriotic War in the ranks of the Red Army, of the Navy or of the NKVD destruction battalions, but who were released from military service due to injury or illness, as well as those transferred by decision of the state or Party organizations to tasks outside of the armed forces.[1]

Award of the medal was made on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the basis of documents attesting to actual participation in the Great Patriotic War issued by unit commanders, the chiefs of military medical establishments or the executive committees of regional or city Soviets. Serving military personnel received the medal from their unit commander, retirees from military service received the medal from a regional, municipal or district military commissioner in the recipient's community.[1]

The Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" was worn on the left side of the chest and in the presence of other awards of the USSR, was located immediately after the Medal "For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic".[1] If worn in the presence of Orders or medals of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.[2]

Medal description

The Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" was a 32mm in diameter circular brass medal with a raised rim on both sides. On its obverse, the left profile bust of Joseph Stalin in the uniform of a Marshal of the Soviet Union, along the upper circumference of the medal, the relief inscription "OUR CAUSE IS RIGHTEOUS" (Russian: НАШЕ ДЕЛО ПРАВОЕ; NASHE DELO PRAVOE), along the lower circumference of the medal, the relief inscription "WE ARE VICTORIOUS" (Russian: МЫ ПОБЕДИЛИ; MI POBEDILI). On the reverse, at the bottom, a small five pointed star, along the medal circumference, the relief inscription "FOR VICTORY OVER GERMANY" (Russian: «ЗА ПОБЕДУ НАД ГЕРМАНИЕЙ»; «ZA POBEDU NAD GERMANIEY»), in the center, the relief inscription on three rows "IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1941–45 (Russian: «В ВЕЛИКОЙ ОТЕЧЕСТВЕННОЙ ВОЙНЕ 1941—1945 ГГ.»; «V VELIKOY OTECHESTVENNOY VOYNE 1941-1945 GG.»).[1]

The Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" was secured by a ring through the medal suspension loop to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount covered by a 24mm wide silk moiré Ribbon of St. George.[1][failed verification]

Notable recipients

The individuals below were all recipients of the Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945".

Soviets

Foreign nationals

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 9, 1945" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1945-05-09. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  2. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010, No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
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