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Badge of a WW2 Veteran of the Karelian Front, circa 1970s-80s.

In aluminum and paint. The pendant measures 49 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 43mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 73 mm. The suspension features the colors of the ribbon to the "Defense of the Soviet Polar Region" medal. The medallion of the pendant shows an armed soldier, behind which is a map of Karelia, and inscription "Veteran of the Karelian Front."

The badge is in excellent condition, has nicely preserved paint and silver finish. The suspension is fully intact.

The Karelian Front ("Front" being a Russia

In aluminum and paint. The pendant measures 49 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 43mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 73 mm. The suspension features the colors of the ribbon to the "Defense of the Soviet Polar Region" medal. The medallion of the pendant shows an armed soldier, behind which is a map of Karelia, and inscription "Veteran of the Karelian Front."

The badge is in excellent condition, has nicely preserved paint and silver finish. The suspension is fully intact.

The Karelian Front ("Front" being a Russian term for Army Group) was created jointly with the Leningrad Front in August 1941 as a result of the split of the Northern Front. The purpose of the front was to specialize in military developments and techniques that were most suitable for attacks along the Finnish border. As such, the front operated over the region north of Lake Ladoga and the Svir River extending to the Arctic Coast near Murmansk, where it combatted Finnish and German forces. Originally, its main goal was to prevent Germans from seizing control of Murmansk, a vital route by which the Soviet Union received supplies from Great Britain. The role of this front then evolved into an offensive one. Notably, the Karelian front was involved in the final offensive against the Fins in 1944 that led to the armistice between the USSR and Finland. Additionally, the Karelian Front's involvement in the Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation, in which the USSR captured some of northern Finland and liberated parts of the Norwegian Finmark province from German occupation, made it the only army group to successfully carry out a military operation in an Arctic environment in modern wars.

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