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Badge for the Battle of Lake Khasan, 1939-40 issue.

Brass, enamels; 39.5 x 30.1 mm; weighs 12.6 g not including the screw plate.

In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel is very well-preserved and shows beautiful luster. There is a single tiny surface flake at the left edge of the scroll which is almost unnoticeable without magnification. Beside that, the enamel has only a few microscopic contact marks and is free of penetrating chips, significant scratches or rubbing. The raised details are perfectly crisp; the original gold finish is nicely preserved and bright on both sides showing only very mild tarnish that adds c

Brass, enamels; 39.5 x 30.1 mm; weighs 12.6 g not including the screw plate.

In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel is very well-preserved and shows beautiful luster. There is a single tiny surface flake at the left edge of the scroll which is almost unnoticeable without magnification. Beside that, the enamel has only a few microscopic contact marks and is free of penetrating chips, significant scratches or rubbing. The raised details are perfectly crisp; the original gold finish is nicely preserved and bright on both sides showing only very mild tarnish that adds character, no blemishes.

The copper screw post is original and full length, over 10.5 mm. Comes with original mint-marked screw plate in chrome-plated and brass- plated steel. All in all, this is an outstanding example of the Lake Khasan badge!

The badge was issued in 1939-1940 as an award - essentially a campaign medal - to all Red Army servicemen who participated in the 1938 battle against the Japanese on the Soviet Far Eastern frontier. The fighting, as the facts showed later, was actually provoked by the Soviet political leadership who had hoped to snatch and fortify a chunk of seemingly unclaimed hilly terrain along the border with Manchuria, a vassal state of Japan.

The almost unopposed initial Soviet move however was countered by a successful Japanese surprise attack that routed Soviet border regimens and retook the disputed territory. This development was becoming a political embarrassment for the Kremlin and called for a major escalation. The numerically superior but poorly coordinated Red Army in the Far East was thus compelled to launch a series of massive combined arms assaults that immediately ran into a quagmire. Although the Soviet offensive ultimately reached its goal thanks to the sheer weight of numbers, the eventual gains proved completely inadequate to the Red Army's losses, especially in tanks. Soviet propaganda duly declared a major defensive victory against the "aggression of the Japanese militarists", but the Soviet commanders in the field knew better. The hard lessons they learned at Lake Khasan were later put to good use in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol.

/Avers 8, p. 446, fig. 2096; Borisov, Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces, fig. 140/
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