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Badge of a Veteran of the WW2 Karelian Front, by Pobeda Factory, circa late 1960s - early 70s.

Aluminum, paint, lacquer. The pendant measures approx. 44 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 40 mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 63 mm. This is the early version of the badge, with shield-shaped center medallion. The medallion of the pendant shows a Red Army soldier clad in winter gear with a map of the Karelian area behind him. The suspension features the colors of the ribbon to the "Defense of the Soviet Polar Region" medal and inscription "Veteran of the Karelian Front." The reverse of the suspension shows a hexagon logo of the

Aluminum, paint, lacquer. The pendant measures approx. 44 mm in height (including the eyelet), about 40 mm across; overall height of the entire badge with suspension is approx. 63 mm. This is the early version of the badge, with shield-shaped center medallion. The medallion of the pendant shows a Red Army soldier clad in winter gear with a map of the Karelian area behind him. The suspension features the colors of the ribbon to the "Defense of the Soviet Polar Region" medal and inscription "Veteran of the Karelian Front." The reverse of the suspension shows a hexagon logo of the Pobeda Factory in Moscow which indicates late 1960s as the probable period of manufacture.

Excellent condition. The obverse is practically prefect, with nicely preserved paint and finish. , with nicely preserved paint. There are minor scratches to the finish on the reverse, not detractive.

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 them the only group to successfully carry out a military operation in an Arctic environment in modern wars.
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