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Eastern front medal '88' > Germany / Tyskland WW1-WW2 > German WW1-2 Awards / Medaljer  |  
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Item number 7163

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Maker Marked '88', Werner Redo, Saarlautern

Description
Eastern front medal(Winterschlacht im Ostern).

Standard version. Comes with a original ribbon. Excellent condition.

Maker marked '88', Werner Redo, Saarlautern.

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Östfronts medalj(Winterschlacht im Ostern).

Standardversion. Utmärkt skick. Kommer med ett originalband.

Märkt '88', Werner Redo, Saarlautern.

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HISTORY:
Commonly Known as "Ostmedaille" (East Medal) or "Russian Front Medal" this award was introduced on the 26th of May 1942 to recognize those who participated in the first winter of Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). The mammoth endeavor to attain "living space in the east" for Germany employed over 3 million men separated into 3 Army groups; North (Leeb), Center (Bock), and South (Rundstedt). On June 22nd the German forces crossed the border achieving almost complete surprise and with a powerful punch broke into the heart of the Soviet Union. Despite its initial success, however, this Blitzkrieg would not deliver a quick victory and as summer months passed the fighting only intensified. The end of autumn brought a bitterly cold Russian winter which caught the invasion force unprepared and turned the elements into an enemy as dangerous as the Soviets.

Created by SS Unterschrfuhrer Ernst Krauit, the Eastern Medal was to commemorate those who endured these freezing and challenging months. The award is far from rare in the collector's world owing to the fact that 3 million were issued and countless more manufactured. This large scale production yielded a number of variations which are interesting to study.


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