Price: 4.50 euro
Plaque Rostral column marine Leningrad. Aluminum with 3D effect.
A rostral column is a victory column, originating in ancient Greece and Rome, where they were built to commemorate a naval military victory.
The back of the medal says:”Rostral columns and the central building, naval museum, former exchange, architect(name) Leningrad“.
Rostral columns in St. Petersburg
Price: 20.00 euro
Medal from the Sovjet Afghan war, 1988. With unwritten document. The back of the medal says:”From The Grateful Afghan People”. The same on the front of the document. Inside the document it says:”Republic of Afghanistan. In accordance with the decree. Awarded. To the international warrior from the grateful Afghan people.”
The Soviet–Afghan War lasted over nine years, from 1979 and ended in 1989. Insurgent groups known collectively as the mujahideen, as well as smaller Maoist groups, fought a guerrilla war against the Soviet Army and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan government, mostly in the countryside. The mujahideen groups were backed primarily by the United States making it a Cold War proxy war. Between 562,000 and 2,000,000 civilians were killed and 32.000 Sovjet/Afghan forces and 57.000 mujahideen.
The war derives from a 1978 coup when Afghanistan’s communist party took power, initiating a series of radical modernization reforms throughout the country. These reforms were deeply unpopular among the more traditional rural population and established power structures. It led to the rise of anti government armed groups and by April 1979 large parts of the country were in open rebellion. The ruling party itself experienced deep rivalries, and in September 1979 the President, Nur Mohammad Taraki, was murdered under orders of the second in command, Hafizullah Amin, which soured relations with the Soviet Union. Eventually the Soviet government, under leader Leonid Brezhnev, decided to deploy the 40th Army in December 1979.
Arriving in the capital Kabul, they staged a coup, killing president Amin and installing Soviet loyalist Babrak Karmal from a rival faction.
Sovjet troops in action
Sovjet soldiers with a captured machine gun
Mujahideen soldiers checking out Sovjet movements
Soviet helicopter flying past one of the Bamiyan buddhas wich were later blew up by the taliban.
Price: 85.00 euro
The Order of the Red Star was established in 1930. The Order of the Red Star was awarded to soldiers of the Soviet Army, Navy, border and internal security forces, employees of the State Security Committee of the USSR, as well as NCOs and officers of the bodies of internal affairs; to units, warships, associations, enterprises, institutions and organizations; as well as to military personnel of foreign countries.
The Order of the Red Star is worn on the right side of the chest and when in the presence of other orders of the USSR, placed immediately after the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd. class. The Order of the Red Star was also used as a long service award from 1944 to 1958 to mark fifteen years of service in the military, state security, or police.
The inscription on the medal says:”Workers Of The World, Unite!”
3.8 million Red Stars were awarded to more than 2 million people. One could have earn more than one Red Star for multiple heroic acts in wartime.
Price: 47.50 euro
Medal, Order Of The Patriotic War 2nd. Class with documentation.
The Order of the Patriotic War is a Soviet military decoration that was awarded to soldiers in the Soviet armed forces, security troops, and to partisans for heroic deeds during the German-Soviet War, known by the former Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War.
In order to inspire soldiers to preform heroic acts during the war, the soviet union issued a large number of expensively made medals. The Order Of The Patriotic war came in 2 classes. 1st. class and 2nd. class, breaking the tradition of a classless society. The 1st. class was for truly heroic acts such as; bringing two enemy planes down as a pilot, destroy 2 or more tanks, sinking a warship or do repairs while on enemy fire.
The 2nd. class was for less heroic deeds. In 1985, during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, it was decided that all surviving veterans of the war would be awarded either 2nd or 1st class of the Order, and about 2,054,000 first class and 5,408,000 second class were issued then.
As of January 1992, the total number of all awarded Orders was 2,487,098 first class and 6,688,497 second class variants. Almost 10 million in total.
Below pictures of heroes of WWII fully hung medals: