Medals Awarded To The Veterans

Medals Awarded To The Veterans

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Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class)

Given to all members of the Soviet Armed Forces that participated in World War 2

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Order of the Red Star

Awarded to Red Army personnel for exceptional service in defense of the Soviet Union in war or peace time

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Order of the Red Banner

Awarded in recognition of an extraordinary military deed

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Order of Glory

Awarded to soldiers for bravery. Recipients move from bronze, to silver, to gold with each heroic act.

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Medal for Battle Merit

Awarded for combat action resulting in military success

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Medal for Courage

Similar to the Order of Glory though slightly less prestigious and typically awarded in defensive situations

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Medal for Partisan of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd Class) wikipedia.org

Given to all partisans who fought on the Soviet side without being official members of the armed forces

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Medal for Defense of Leningrad

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the defense of Leningrad

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Medal For Defense of Stalingrad

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the defense of Stalingrad

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Medal For Defense of Moscow

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the defense of Moscow

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Medal For Defense of Kiev

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the defense of Kiev

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Medal For Capture of Berlin

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Berlin

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Medal For Capture of Budapest

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Budapest

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Medal For Capture of Konigsberg

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Konigsberg

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Medal For Capture of Prague

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Prague

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Medal For Liberation of Warsaw

Awarded to all personnel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Warsaw

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Medal For Victory over Japan

Awarded to all personnl who contributed to the soviet campaign in Asia

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Medal For Victory over Vienna

Awarded to all personel who contributed to the Soviet capture of Vienna
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Liberation of Riga

Awarded to all personel who contributed to the Soviet Liberation of Riga

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Victory over Germany In The Great Patriotic War

Awarded to all Soviet personel on active service during the Second World War

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Liberation of Vienna

Awarded for the Soviet capture of Vienna

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Battle of Stalingrad

Awarded to all personel who contributed to the Battle of Stalingrad

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Battle of Danzig

Awarded to all personel who contributed to the Battle of Danzig

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Liberation Of Caucuses And Crimea

Awarded to all personel who contributed to the Battle of Danzig

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Medal for the Capture Of New Lands

Awarded to all personel who contributed to operations resulting in Soviet territorial gains

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Nakhimov Medal

Awarded for Bravery and Courage in Naval Theatres

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*115 out of the 1643 people made Heroes of the Soviet Union during World War 2 were Jewish. The second highest decorated ethnic group despite Stalin’s decree not to award medals to Jews.

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Many of the medals the veterans are wearing in their interviews are commemorative. There are “jubilee” medals celebrating the 20th, 30th, and 40th anniversary of the war, given to every Red Army and Partisan soldier still living at the time. Brezhnev created over 200 different anniversary medals, meaning some veterans have different medals for the 38th and 39th anniversary of a given battle.