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Veteran Badge in Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of 2nd Taman Guards Motorized Rifle Division, 1966 issue.

In anodized aluminum; the medallion is 25.0 mm wide. The obverse shows top part of the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and inscription "Guards Taman Division named after I.M. Kalinin." The reverse bears inscription "25th Anniversary of the Soviet Guards. 18 September 1941".

The badge is in very fine condition. There are some minor dings, mostly to the raised edge on the reverse. The raised details of the artwork and lettering as well as gold finish are nicely preserved. The pin attachment slides laterally within its base (a common flaw of many Soviet pins of this kind) but

In anodized aluminum; the medallion is 25.0 mm wide. The obverse shows top part of the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and inscription "Guards Taman Division named after I.M. Kalinin." The reverse bears inscription "25th Anniversary of the Soviet Guards. 18 September 1941".

The badge is in very fine condition. There are some minor dings, mostly to the raised edge on the reverse. The raised details of the artwork and lettering as well as gold finish are nicely preserved. The pin attachment slides laterally within its base (a common flaw of many Soviet pins of this kind) but remains fully functional. The division was originally formed in 1940 as the 127th Rifle Division. In the early days of the Patriotic War, it was a part of the reserves in the 25th Rifle Corps, and therefore escaped the total annihilation suffered by many Soviet units deployed closer to the Soviet western frontier. It desperately fought at Vitebsk and after its corps was largely destroyed, joined the 34th Corps and made a heroic stand at Smolensk. For heroism of its troops in the earliest battles of the Patriotic War, the division was promoted to Guards in September 1941 - among the first of all Soviet units to be so honored - and re-designated 2nd Guards Rifle Division.

Under the new name, the division fought defensive battles in eastern Ukraine and near Kursk, and later counterattacked as part of the Soviet general offensive which began in December 1941. The 2nd Guards Rifle Division spent the following two and a half years in the southern sector of the front attacking towards Taganrog and then retreating into the north Caucasus where it valiantly fought in the mountain passes and in January 1943, liberated Nalchik and Essentuki. It then played an important role in storming the German Blue Line, fought for Novorossiysk, was a part of the famous amphibious assault at Kerch, and took part in the liberation of Crimea. It was then shifted north where it participated in the Memel and East Prussian offensives and ended the war on the Baltic seashore.
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