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Badge of a Veteran of the Volkhov Front, circa 1970s.

Aluminum, paint. The pendant measures 45 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 41mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 77 mm. The suspension has ribbon of the Medal for the Defense of Leningrad mounted on it - which is a pretty uncommon element for a veteran's badge. The medallion of the pendant shows panorama of Leningrad with some of its most famous landmarks and inscription "Volkhov Front, 1941 - 1944." The reverse has raised inscription "To a Participant of the Battle for Leningrad". The reverse of the suspension shows an ear

Aluminum, paint. The pendant measures 45 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 41mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 77 mm. The suspension has ribbon of the Medal for the Defense of Leningrad mounted on it - which is a pretty uncommon element for a veteran's badge. The medallion of the pendant shows panorama of Leningrad with some of its most famous landmarks and inscription "Volkhov Front, 1941 - 1944." The reverse has raised inscription "To a Participant of the Battle for Leningrad". The reverse of the suspension shows an early logo of the Mytishchi Factory.

In very fine to excellent condition. There are a couple of minor scuffs to the paint. The details and grey finish on the center medallion are prefect. The ribbon is perfectly clean.

The Soviet Volkhov Front (Army Group) was created in December 1941 during a Soviet counteroffensive which recaptured part of territory south of Leningrad and thus provided the only link to the surrounded city over the frozen Lake Ladoga. It was aimed at the German defenses along the Volkhov River, which is where the name of the front came from. In April 1942, the front was disbanded and its units resubordinated to the Leningrad Front, but in June 1942 the Volkhov Front was created again. Later, it played important part in preventing Germans from storming Leningrad and after many attempts, managed to open a narrow overland link to the blockaded city in January 1943. Leningrad however remained under German siege for another year, until the offensive of January 1944. In January - early part of February, Volkhov Front finally drove the Germans away from the long-suffering Leningrad, captured the city of Novgorod, and in cooperation with Leningrad and 2nd Baltic Front inflicted severe losses on the German Army Group North. The front was disbanded on 13 February 1944.

/See Paul Schmitt, "Soviet Second World War Veteran Badges", Page 15/.
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