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70th Rifle Division Veteran badge, 1970s-80s.

Aluminum, paint, the pendant medallion measures approx. 42 mm tall (from eyelet), 40 mm wide. The front of the pendant is inscribed "70th Upper Dnieper Rifle Division". The suspension features the Red Banner, Suvorov and Kutuzov Ribbons - decorations bestowed on this illustrious unit during WW2 - and the word "Veteran". The reverse of the suspension shows a maker mark. The badge is in excellent condition.

The original 70th Rifle Division was one of some 200+ pre- WW2 rifle divisions in the Soviet arsenal. It was activated in Kuibyshev in 1934. It fought in the

Aluminum, paint, the pendant medallion measures approx. 42 mm tall (from eyelet), 40 mm wide. The front of the pendant is inscribed "70th Upper Dnieper Rifle Division". The suspension features the Red Banner, Suvorov and Kutuzov Ribbons - decorations bestowed on this illustrious unit during WW2 - and the word "Veteran". The reverse of the suspension shows a maker mark. The badge is in excellent condition.

The original 70th Rifle Division was one of some 200+ pre- WW2 rifle divisions in the Soviet arsenal. It was activated in Kuibyshev in 1934. It fought in the Winter War with Finland in 1940 and was named one of the four best Red Army Divisions by Timoshenko, People's Commissar for the Defense at the time. Soon after the Nazi invasion, the unit moved to the Luga River Line to defend Leningrad. In mid-1942, the division distinguished itself once more in the overall unsuccessful attempt to lift the blockade of Leningrad and was transformed to a Guards unit and its designation changed to 45th Guards.

The second formation was raised in April 1943 in the Moscow area with the 68th Rifle Regiment, 252nd Rifle Regiment, 329th Rifle Regiment and 221st Artillery Regiment. After some training the division moved to the Western Front. After some time with the 21st Army, it was transferred to the 33rd Army with which it took part in the Operation Bagration in Belorussia, initially under the 2nd and later, 3rd Belorussian Front. The division crossed the Dnieper in its upper stream and destroyed an encircled German group in the area east of Minsk. For its "exemplary fulfillment of tasks assigned by the command" the division received the honorific of Verkhnedneprovskaya ("Of the Upper Dnieper") on 10 July 1944, although its Commander Kolesnikov was dismissed ten days later. The 70th Rifles then took part in the Riga Offensive and made a contribution to expel the Nazis from the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia. After two months on the offensive that started in June 1944, the 70th took heavy losses and was down to 40 percent of manpower authorized by Stavka. After a very short rest, it was shifted to the 1st Baltic Front and then to the 43rd Army, 3rd Belorussian Front, with which it participated in the storming of Koenigsberg. The division ended the war on the Baltic seacoast of Samland Peninsula not far from Koenigsberg. In two years since its formation, this highly distinguished unit received three decorations for its banner: Orders of the Red Banner, Kutuzov 2nd cl., and Suvorov 2nd cl.

/See Paul Schmitt, "Soviet Second World War Veteran Badges", Page 70/
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