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This pic led me to look up Soviet medals of WWII. (of which there are quite a few)


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Order of the Red Banner

The Order of the Red Banner recognized military deeds. Before the establishment of the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner functioned as the highest (and practically the only) military order of the USSR.

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Order of the Patriotic War

The Order of the Patriotic War was awarded to all soldiers in the Soviet armed forces, security troops, and to partisans for heroic deeds during the Great Patriotic War.

The Order was established on 20 May 1942 and came in first class and second class depending upon the merit of the deed. It was the first Soviet order established during the war, and the first Soviet order divided into classes. Its statute precisely defined, which deeds are awarded with the order, e.g. shooting down three aircraft as a fighter pilot, or destroying two heavy or three medium or four light tanks, or capturing a warship, or repairing an aircraft under fire after landing on a hostile territory, and so on, were awarded with the first class.
 
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"Entry into Stalingrad is not safe for life".
Wow. Nice sign. Who would this sign be for? Why bother putting up the sign at all, you'd expect every military man, even logistics and other support personnel, to always be aware their life is in danger?
 
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I saw this before. Not the picture, but the line-up. Can't remember where I saw it, but it is the victory parade in Moscow.
 
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Yeah, here's a movie of the parade. Not a close shot like this one, but you can see them in the wide shots. They throw the banners before Stalin at around 10:00

 
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Imagine how you would have felt, after all the hard fighting to be marching at that parade...
 

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It is said that it was called Maria Kulinkovich and she was a seamstress. Little more is known about her. She lost 7 sons during the war. Each brother was left a loaf of bread baked into a round shape to symbolize eternity, a bowl of water to drink and a towel to wipe away their tears.
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During the most difficult period of the war Soviet soldiers were given 100 grams (milliliters) of vodka a day. It helped them to fight the strongest stress and make up for the inhuman energy expenditures.
In Jan 1940, Commissar of Defense Kliment Voroshilov (1881/1969) suggested issuing 100 grams of vodka and 50 grams of salo (pork fat) per day to the soldiers and commanders to keep warm in severe winter conditions. The tank crews were given double portions of vodka rations, while the pilots often received cognac.
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Aleksandra Leontievna Boiko (1918/1996) and Ivan Fedorovich Boiko (1912/1995), a married couple, served together as tank commander and driver, respectively. The couple had both graduated from the accelerated programme at the Chelyabinsk Tank School. They first entered battle during the Riga Offensive in 1944, and it was reported that they had destroyed five tanks and two guns in two weeks. Later, while fighting in the Baltics, both Boikos were injured and spent time in a hospital. They were released in time to celebrate Victory Day in Czechoslovakia.
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