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Badge of a Veteran of the Steppe / Second Ukrainian Front, 1970s-80s.

In aluminum and paint, quite well-made. Measures 37 mm in height and 30 mm in width. Shows Soviet flag and inscription "Veteran; Steppe - 2nd Ukrainian Front". The reverse has the maker mark of a Moscow factory. In excellent condition.

The Steppe Front, which later became the 2nd Ukrainian Front ("Front" being a Russian term for army group), was formed in 1943 and comprised largely of armies that had been parts of the Northwestern and North Caucasus fronts and the Reserve of the Supreme High Command. Its troops were involved in the Battle of Kursk from July to


In aluminum and paint, quite well-made. Measures 37 mm in height and 30 mm in width. Shows Soviet flag and inscription "Veteran; Steppe - 2nd Ukrainian Front". The reverse has the maker mark of a Moscow factory. In excellent condition.

The Steppe Front, which later became the 2nd Ukrainian Front ("Front" being a Russian term for army group), was formed in 1943 and comprised largely of armies that had been parts of the Northwestern and North Caucasus fronts and the Reserve of the Supreme High Command. Its troops were involved in the Battle of Kursk from July to October of 1943, which was the Germans' final strategic offensive on the Eastern front. The Germans' goal was to weaken the potential for a Soviet offensive by cutting off the forces comprising the Kursk salient. The Soviets successfully deterred German progress and the battle was the first of the war in which a German strategic offensive was halted before breaking through enemy defenses. The battle brought heavy casualties for both sides, though: 200,000 for the Germans and up to 800,000 for the Soviet troops. The 2nd Ukrainian Front was also involved in the 1944-45 Siege of Budapest, in which the Soviets successfully encircled and captured the Hungarian capital.

/See Paul Schmitt, "Soviet Second World War Veteran Badges", Page 15; the maker mark is #118 in Annex A of the same book./
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