Excellence in Medical Corps badge, NKPS issue, mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels. 46.1 mm x 39.6 mm. Early type. Variation
with five scrolls forming the top ornament, with well
pronounced smooth border along the upper edge. The center
medallion is larger than other variations. There is a single
dot on either side of the star at the bottom of the white
band. Note the interesting off-center location of the screw
post, as occasionally observed on the badges of the
"Proficiency" series produced in haste during the war.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is extremely
well preserved having only some tiny contact marks that are
nearly unnoticeable to the naked eye, shows magnificent
luster. There is a typical dark patina to the edges of the
snake and bowl of Hygeia medical emblem which adds
character, not detracting. The original gilt finish on the
wreath is practically pristine, so is the dark gray finish
on the edges of the shield. The finish on the reverse is
likewise perfect. The screw post is full length, nearly 13.5
mm long, and comes with original WW2 era screw plate marked
Established in November 1942, the Excellent Medic badge was
one of the first few badges of the "WW2 Proficiency Series"
that came up during that year.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
103, fig. 3/