Finnish commemorative crosses and their documents
today I have received (for my personal collection) two new Finnish Crosses with their documents, awarded both for same person. A good opportunity to start a thread, where we can show our crosses with accompanying documents.
For the begining Commemorative Cross of the 5th Division (Ilves-Divisioona = Lynx Division), awarded for the Continuation War. Nice old made decoration, with original ribbon:
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The second one is the really scarce Cross for Military Railway Units (Sotarautatiemuodostelmien risti), with origial ribbon & clasp. Manufactured by Veljekset Sundquist (Sundquist Brothers):
Nice crosses! Also nice to see that the documents have been preserved.
Nice to know, that you like it Yes, the documents are often more scarce as the decorations... Today one more:
Commemorative Cross of the 7th Division (Sword Division) = 7. Divisioona risti (Kalparisti). Maker: Merkkikeskus
Great to see these unusual awards and especially with their documentation , many thanks for showing them and nice additions to your collection .
We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
Always a little further : it may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
Across that angry or that glimmering sea...
Thanks for nice feedback to be continued [I hope]
I have new addition: this time not a single cross, but medal bar. It contains three rather common medals: Liberty Medal 2nd Class, medal for Winter War & medal for Continuation War. At the end we have two commemorative crosses, which are not so easy to find: Päämajan risti (Headquarters Cross) and 8. Divisioonan risti - cross of the 8th Division, called also Kolmen Kannaksen Koukkaajat (Outflankers of three isthmus).
Three documents to the medal bar are preserved: for both crosses and for Continuation War medal; all to the same name.
There are something special about Finnish medals. They looks amazing but still so simple and clean.
And the Finnish people are very brave.
A nice set. I tried looking trough a book that has listed veterans who served in units that were under the command of the HQ, but I couldn't find him. Most likely listed in a book with veterans from the 8th division.