Last edited by dastier; 05-15-2012 at 06:35 PM.
Somekind of homefront pins i guess. Given to people who had work for the war industry.
I was searching on the web yesterday for Lotta Svärd images and came across a booklet by Sven A. G. Kjellstrom entitled Lotta Svärd Finnish Women’s Auxiliary Defence Service
A copy is available at LOTTA SVARD. Finnish Womens Auxiliary Defence Service - Naval & Military Press
Here is the colour plate and the bookLet its from:
Well I feel foolish...
I have this booklet in my library. I have now positively identified both these pins as Lotta Svärd pins.
Kjellstrom identifies them as Fund Raising Badges for the Karelian Peninsula Defense Works. But the booklet does not give any more info so my research continues...
They sure are! Great rare items from the Kurland battle, if I'm correct.
The Lottas were responsible for activities ranging from skywatching and communications; military canteen management, cooking and meal delivery; to nursing and preparation of soldiers bodies for burial.
I believe one pin does look similar to the Nazi Kurland Shield - however I'm not really familiar with Nazi awards.