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Article about: Please can I have your opinions on this WW medal awarded to a Swedish volunteer? Medal looks ok to me but I'm not sure if ribbon and bar is a replacement Many thanks Nick

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    Please can I have your opinions on this WW medal awarded to a Swedish volunteer?

    Medal looks ok to me but I'm not sure if ribbon and bar is a replacement

    Many thanks

    Nick
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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Looks ok but not sure if the bar was added later

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    Quote by kradman View Post
    Looks ok but not sure if the bar was added later
    Yes that’s possible, it looks older than the ribbon

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    The medal is fine. I too think that the bar has been added separately.

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    These variants for Foreigners are much scarcer than the standard WW medal issued to the Finns but this one is a good price so I'm tempted.

    I'm looking to collect all the bars, so far I have 7

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Nice medal, I'm not familiar with it.

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    I currently have the following bars...

    Laatokan- Karjala
    Lappi (Foreigner)
    Taipale
    Ilmapuolustus (Air Force)
    Kenttaarmeija (Army - Standard and Foreigner variants)
    Kotijoukot ( Home Front)

    Always on the look out for the others

    There are 11 battle clasps and 4 Service clasps..Air Force, Coastal Defence, Army and Home Front
    Nick
    Last edited by Woolgar; 04-28-2020 at 11:25 AM.
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    It looks like the medal checks out ok, particularly the unique suspension ring

    Here is a very educational discussion...

    Finnish medal for Winter war 1939-40 - Northern European & Baltic States - Gentleman's Military Interest Club

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Just added this even scarcer variant...

    1939-40 Winter War Medal for Foreigners in Bronze. This was awarded to foreign civilians who supported Finland during the Winter War.
    Only 1,961 of these were awarded

    Nick
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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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