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    Default Order of the great patriotic war identification.

    Hi Guys

    My uncle got me these two for Christmas and I know a little about them but I'm hoping you can tell me more.

    They are both 1985 issue medals as far as I can tell but one is a gold colour and the other is silver. Its a really noticeable difference. Could this mean the first one of the pair is a 1st class? If not, why are they such different colours?

    Thanks in advance for any replies and Merry Christmas

    Tom

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    Default Re: Order of the great patriotic war identification.

    Yes, 1st class gold / silver 2st class

    A good website : Odysseus -- Soviet Screwback Orders

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    Default Re: Order of the great patriotic war identification.

    To be more precise 85s: 1st class is gold plated silver. 2nd - silver (as they say in the UK sterling silver)

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    Thanks for the replies

    I'm pleased to hear that it's a first class even if it isn't a WW2 issue.

    Cheers
    Tom

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    Not what I usually collect but this appealed to me-20th anniversary "I got out of the Great Patriotic War alive" award
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    Quote by lithgow View Post
    Not what I usually collect but this appealed to me-20th anniversary "I got out of the Great Patriotic War alive" award
    That's no mean feat if you're a Russian conscript. The red army didn't really have much of a 'duty of care' policy!

    Its a really nice looking medal as well, makes a change from the usual bronze disc or star with no real detailing. Nice example by the way.

    Tom

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    Gents it's an order not medal and it's 40 years of victory. Although issued in vast number, but not every vet got one.

    The best description I ever heard of 85s was

    "Thank you guys, no really thank you for all you done."


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