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USSR OSOAVIAKHIM badge ...personal identification?

Article about: My Grandfather brought home a badge, with the story of whom it belonged to, however I can't seem to find a way to validate this information. Also was it common to find such a badge on a fema

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    Default USSR OSOAVIAKHIM badge ...personal identification?

    My Grandfather brought home a badge, with the story of whom it belonged to, however I can't seem to find a way to validate this information. Also was it common to find such a badge on a female pilot?

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    I don't think so. From what little I know it appears to be a civilian defense badge of some sort from the late 1930's/early 1940's for OSOAVIAKhIM (Осоавиахим), the Society to Support Aviation and Chemical Defense. Note the gas mask and anti-aircraft gun and search light.

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    The badge is for the 'antiaircraft & antichemical defence' (ПВХО).

    Any civilian person could have been awarded i.e. male and female, collective farmer and school teacher who were a members of OSOAVIAKHIM.

    If the civilian was later enlisted he/she would stick this badge along with the military ones (if any) to the uniform.

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    The image shows the chained version of this very badge sticked to the uniform.
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    Thank you all for the replies, I guess the badge is common and non traceable. It is in mint condition, and I'd like to know its value. I've seen a few up for sale but never coupled with personal history, I guess I now know why.

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    I'm not entirely sure on the value of the versions, that don't have a chain, but it's not a lot. May we hear the history behind it? I for one would be interested.

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