"Soviet Second World War Veteran Badges", Paul
Schmitt. C. 2008,
English text, 8 ½" by 11" format soft cover w. gloss
finish, 79 pp., over 400 color photos.
This is the first ever English language reference on what
has always been an interesting - and until now scarcely
researched - field of collecting. Soviet Patriotic War
Veteran "tinnies" are significant both for their historical
references and because they were issued exclusively to
surviving participants of the battles. Unlike the
innumerable jubilee and souvenir pins, they could not be
purchased at Souyzpechat' kiosks and in most instances, did
not have a price stamped on the reverse. Most of the veteran
pins were produced in relatively small numbers seldom
exceeding 5000, reflecting the small number of the former
unit servicemen still alive.
This booklet contains an informative introduction, over 400+
identified badges in color with their description and
comments, logical arrangement system, a chart of 45
identified trademarks, bibliography, and photographs of
veterans wearing their pins. Arranged by military units
from the front level down to regiment with air force, naval,
partisan, battle participants, specialized units, and even
some badges of unknown provenance.
Written by the highly regarded author of the "Echoes of War"
and co-author of "The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders
and Medals", this book utilized his years of collecting
experience as well as fluent knowledge of Russian language.
Although written for a militaria collector, the catalog may
also prove an excellent tool for a historian: a unit pin in
the veteran's post-war photo often provides the only clue to
his WW2 service.
Brand new copy in mint condition.