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Badge of a Veteran of the 6th Orlovskaya ("Orel") Order of the Red Banner Rifle Division, circa 1970s.

Aluminum, paint and lacquer. Comparatively large for a Soviet veteran's badge: the pendant measures 46 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 34 mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 66 mm. The reverse of the suspension has raised trademark of the Dnepropetrovsk Mechanical Factory. The inscription is "Sixth Orlovskaya Rifle Division". The "Orlovskaya" is an honorific titles given to the unit for bravery of its troops exhibited in the liberation of the city of Orel during the Battle of Kursk. Later, it also got the title of "Khing

Aluminum, paint and lacquer. Comparatively large for a Soviet veteran's badge: the pendant measures 46 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 34 mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 66 mm. The reverse of the suspension has raised trademark of the Dnepropetrovsk Mechanical Factory. The inscription is "Sixth Orlovskaya Rifle Division". The "Orlovskaya" is an honorific titles given to the unit for bravery of its troops exhibited in the liberation of the city of Orel during the Battle of Kursk. Later, it also got the title of "Khinganskaya" for the crossing of the Greater Khingan mountain range in China while battling the Japanese in August 1945. The suspension shows ribbon bars for Order of the Red Banner and Border Guard Medal. The former is a decoration bestowed upon the division for its achievements in WW2.

The latter ribbon is especially interesting: it signifies the self-sacrificial stand the servicemen of this division made in the battles of the frontiers during the early part of the German Barbarossa offensive. Soon after the June 22nd 1941 invasion, the bulk of the 6th Division was trapped in the Brest Fortress located near the Soviet national border. Even though completely surrounded and clearly without a chance of escape, the personnel refused to surrender and fought to the last man. Their heroic feat was later eulogized in many works of literature and cinematography.

The badge is in excellent condition, with perfectly preserved paint and finish.

/See Paul Schmitt, "Soviet Second World War Veteran Badges", Page 31/.
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